Acting in Plays, Singing/Jazz Songs for Sopranos


I am looking for a traditional/jazz song for my audition at my school's fall musical, Anything Goes. I am soprano and hoping for the role of bonnie/erma latour. I have a found a few songs that i like but I am not sure are right because they are both for deeper voices, Summertime and LA Vie en Rose. If you could help me out witha few ideas that would be great! Thank You!

ANSWER: Hi, Natalie –

Thank you for the question.

Bonnie Latour in Cole Porter’s ANYTHING GOES is not a soprano. Professional audition notices describe her voice classification as a mezzo/belter. The soprano role you want to consider is Hope Harcourt. Although her range is not very high – A3 to Eb5 – her sound must convey freshness and innocence. Hope’s numbers include It’s De-Lovely; Heaven Hop; Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye; and All Through the Night.

Make sure you listen to the score before you audition. The songs you mention – Summertime and La Vie en Rose – do not reflect the style of Cole Porter or ANYTHING GOES. Generally speaking, it’s always a good idea to sing a song by the same composer but from another show. The alternative is to select material by another composer writing in a similar vein. Cole Porter has a ton of material to choose from. It’s also true that many of his songs have been appropriated into his other shows – ANYTHING GOES being one of them and not every production of that show has the same song list. Your musical director may be more flexible. Nevertheless, see if the audition notice stipulates “Do not sing songs from the show.” If so, consider any of the following by Cole Porter. Skip the introductions, sing from the refrain. Notice that the site allows you to transpose the key:

You’d be so nice to come home to

Let’s not talk about love

I love Paris

Also consider these songs by other composers. Again, start from the refrain:

On the sunny side of the street (from SUGAR BABIES, by Jimmy McHugh)

We’re in the money (from 42nd STREET, by Harry Warren)

Nice Work If You Can Get It (from CRAZY FOR YOU, by George Gershwin)

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QUESTION: Hi! Thank you for you help and for getting back to me with the very detailed answer, it helped a lot. However, I did find a few other songs that I liked such as The nearness of you, goodmorning heartache and moon river? Le
t me know about whether or not those may work. thanks

Hi, Natalie ––

Thank you for an interesting follow-through question.

I stand by my original advice.

Again, your new list of songs has nothing to do with the sound and rhythm of Cole Porter nor the very well-known style of a 1930s musical.

Your job at this audition is to prove to the musical director that you can sell the music of Cole Porter and that you understand the energy and high-toned spirit of "Anything Goes".

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Sean Martinfield  

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