Acting in Plays, Singing/Legally Blonde Audition
Hello, Sean! My name is Eliza, and I'm preparing for an audition for Legally Blonde. It is a junior version, with an age limitation of 13-19 year olds only, so combined with my friendship to the production staff, I'm really trying to land the role of Enid. The only problem is, uh... I have absolutely no clue what to sing. I'm normally a lyric soprano, which really deems my typical repertoire useless. I figured that since I'm auditioning for a belter show, I might as well go for a real challenge in the character, haha. I'm fifteen years old, 5'5"ish, with a belt to not much higher than a B. I'm looking for a very strong female song, which, as I might have mentioned, does not exist in my repertoire. They're asking for a 16-32 bar cut of an upbeat contemporary musical theater song not from the show. So, any ideas? I'm stooped.
Hi, Eliza --
Thank you for the question.
In professional productions of LEGALLY BLONDE, the vocal range of "Enid" extends from G3 to G5. Junior versions of the musical might not have the same demands, allowing for some key adjustments. Ask your director about this.
Consider "Gimme Gimme" from THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. In the original published version the range extends from Ab3 to D5. Go to the web site below. Notice in the right margin that you can transpose the key. For example, If you have the song transposed to A Major, then the range extends from B3 to F5.
Given the limit of 16 to 32 measures, look at the last three pages, beginning with "I don't care if he's a nobody" or the last two pages, beginning with "Gimme that thing called love. I wannit." The F5 occurs twice on the last page. The final extended note, on the word "love", sits on E5
Also consider Freddie Mercury's "Somebody to Love", used in the musical WE WILL ROCK YOU. This is also available at the same web site. Notice the range extends from C3 to F5.
Somebody To Love
Audition notices for the show also allow the singer to choose a Pop song. What are your favorite Pop songs, who are your favorite Pop artists? If this option is available to you, then while you are at this site, search for those artists and titles. If the song can be transposed, then place it in the key that will work best for you.
It's possible your director may have another role in mind for you. Whatever you choose as your audition song, make sure you are familiar with the songs from the show—especially the numbers in which Enid appears.
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