Acting in Plays, Singing/Next to Normal Audition
I am auditioning for Next to Normal soon and I am looking for a good audition part. I am 31 years old and am a strong baritone. I know that all of the male characters have pretty high ranges, but I have also heard that a lot of them sing in falsetto when they get above the high A or Bb. Obviously, my real age is too young for Dan or the Doctor characters, and too old for Gabe, but I have a young face, and makeup could make me seem older, so I'm not worried about that. What I was wondering is, do you have a good audition song that could prove my ability to play any one of those three characters? If not, could you give me a song idea for each character, and I will mull over some more which one I want to play?
Thanks so much!
Hello, Dave --
Thank you for the question.
Baritones cannot be Rock tenors. The falsetto of a Rock tenor is very different than that of a strong baritone.
The role for you is the Doctor. He is described as a Rock baritone and on the younger side of “ageless”.
Most audition notices for this show request that you sing from the show. Go prepared to do that. Also have a contemporary Rock song ready.
Consider “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day. Go to this web site to order the sheet music on-line:
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
The original key is F minor. That puts the range between F4 and Ab5 -- which may be a little high for you. Notice that you can transpose the key. If you put it down one-half step to E minor, then the range is E4 - G5. The next option is down to D minor, which might be better for your voice. In this key the range extends from D4 - F5.
Your job at this audition is to sell yourself as a Pop/Rock singer. If you have a favorite band and lead singer, then consider one of your favorite songs. See if this web site has it and if the song can be transposed into the key that would work best for you.
Once you get the gist of Dr. Madden and know his material, i.e., the first part of “Seconds and Years” (listen on YouTube), then you can push that manner through a song like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”.
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