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I have an audition for Hairspray coming in about a month and I'm very interested in auditioning for Edna. My range fits the role perfectly, but for the audition they are asking for a musical theatre song NOT from Hairspray that fits the style of the show. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Hi, Chad --

Thank you for the question.

Consider any of the following:

With you on my arm –  LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

Look at that face –  ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT, etc.

When in Rome (I do as the Romans do) –  HER FIRST ROMAN
(Start from the refrain)

Notice that the site allows you to transpose.

Some audition notices want a Pop song from the era in which the story takes place. Consider Mary Wells’ big hit from 1962 –
You beat me to the punch

Whatever you choose to sing – and no matter the gender of the character – Edna is a serious Drag Queen. I live in the Castro District of San Francisco. The Drag Queens in my neighborhood are, like, serious. You don't want to mess with them and those that they love. (Just like Edna.) What if one of them was on your audition panel?

You want this part? Give them Edna the moment you enter the room. Let her entertain them.

I am a vocal coach to working singers and actors in the San Francisco Bay Area. When you want to make an appointment, contact me at:

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Sean Martinfield

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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: I am also a music and cultural critic for and 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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