Acting in Plays, Singing/9 to 5 audition?


I'm auditioning for 9 to 5 and really interested in the role of Roz. Really drawing a blank on song choice. I know Dolly Parton would be an option, but any other musical theatre songs you can think of? I also would be interested to hear what you think of for songs for the ensemble? I'm normally a mezzo soprano/ belter and I'm in my 30s.

Hi, Jessica –

Thank you for the question.

“Heart to Hart” is a tough act to follow. Whoever sings this role could easily step into a heavy-duty Gospel number and raise the roof.

For Roz and the ensemble, consider the musical ALL SHOOK UP. It’s a “juke box” musical, i.e., songs from a Pop source, never intended for Broadway, with just enough script to thread them together into a “musical” and put it on Broadway. In this project, ALL SHOOK UP, the material consists of the big hits of Elvis Presley. It’s a great song list.

For the role of “Roz”, consider:
You're the Devil In Disguise

Notice you can transpose the song to the key you need. If you are ready to belt out “Heart to Hart”, then you will know how to deliver “You're the Devil In Disguise”. Match the tempo, match the key – sing it like Roz.

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