Acting in Plays, Singing/GREASE Audition
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.
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:
Fools Fall In Love – a pop song appropriated into the musicals SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE and ALL SHOOK UP.
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
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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