Acting in Plays, Singing/GREASE Audition

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I'm a senior in high school and for our spring musical we are doing Grease. I have done musical theater for most of my life and usually don't have much trouble picking audition peaces but this time I'm stuck. Rizzo has always been my dream roll and now that I have a chance of going for this roll I want to make sure i have the best audition song and monologue that i can possibly find. No one in my theater troupe is really type cast as Rizzo so I think my Chances are high, the only thing is I don't want to do a song that is traditionally sung for auditions for the part of Rizzo like, Whatever Lola Wants (DAMN YANKEES)Steam Heat (PAJAMA GAME) Hit Me With A Hot Note And Watch Me Bounce (SWING and SOPHISTICATED LADIES or I Can Cook Too (ON THE TOWN) because I have a big theater troupe and almost everyone who is auditioning for Rizzo is singing one of these songs, so do you know any songs that would work for this audition that aren't always used for Rizzo auditions.

Answer
Hi, Michelle –

Thank you for the question.

Consider "Easy To Be Hard" (HAIR) and "Fools Fall In Love" (SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE). Click on the URLs below to order on-line. Notice that you can transpose the keys.

Easy To Be Hard – the version shown (first page only) is in F Major with a range from C4 to C5:
http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0054821_D2

Fools Fall In Love – a pop song appropriated into the musicals SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE and ALL SHOOK UP.
http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0059958&

Also consider "The End of the World" – a song that Skeeter Davis introduced in 1963 and that was appropriated into the Off-Broadway juke box musical, OIL CITY SYMPHONY. Try it in the key of C or D Major:

The End of the World
http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0107718_U5

Your job at this audition is to display the vocal chops of a professional Pop/Rock singer, i.e., one that is the Lead Singer in a band. Most artists in this field project a lot of sexual energy / sexual complexity. Their songs are not always about being the hottest thing on the block but also, like Rizzo, how very vulnerable they can be – especially if they are misunderstood or their lover has cheated on them, etc.

Whatever you choose to sing – and considering that Rizzo is your dream role – then your presentation must be edgy and fearless. In other words, don't hold back.

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I am a professional vocal coach in San Francisco. I have published over 3300 responses related to vocal training - particularly as it relates to Musical Theatre, Pop/Standard, and Opera. I have 30 years of experience as a personal trainer to working singers and actors in the San Francisco Bay Area. I sang professionally for 20 years and know what it means to live the life of a musician. I can determine your voice category, i.e., Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, Alto Belter, etc., and how to broaden and strengthen your range. Need an audition song for a Broadway Musical? I can assist you with your song selections and help you build an audition portfolio that demonstrates your vocal category and meets the requirements specified in the audition notice. I have created a vocal methodology, "The Belter`s Method". It will enable those in Cabaret and Musical Theatre to practice more efficiently because it focuses on the vocal demands of professional performers and will keep you performance-ready. If what you want is a better voice and more control over your career moves and choices, contact me at: BroadwayBelters@yahoo.com I am also a music and cultural critic for HuffingtonPost.com and Examiner.com. I interview internationally recognized musicians, singers, dancers, and recording artists -- particularly those who are now appearing or scheduled to perform in San Francisco.

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As a vocal coach, I work primarily with singers and actors throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. My students range from absolute beginners to working professionals, from kids to senior citizens. The vast majority of my clients come to me through recommendation. I know how to identify any singer's vocal category, i.e., soprano, tenor, alto, baritone, etc. I know how to muscle-up every singer's vocal range and to expand it beyond conventional definitions. I have developed a vocal methodology for those who want to know how to belt, THE BELTER'S METHOD. There are a number of major components to my work as a vocal coach. The first is to identify the client's vocal category and to strengthen and maximize the vocal range accordingly. Then it's about teaching a reliable vocal workout that will enable the client to gain better control of their musicianship. That includes scale work to expand the vocal range and to improve placement, breath control, and diction. Then we work on material for the audition portfolio, the immediate job or assignment, a recording session, etc. My task to is to better equip singers and actors who are hoping to or relying upon their performance skills and vocal endurance to maintain a career in the Performing Arts. My clients regularly appear in cabarets and musical productions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Some have worked in New York and gone on National Tours. For more information, Contact me at: Broadwaybelters@yahoo.com

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