Do you have an upcoming audition for 13? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for 13, by character.
Since 13 is a contemporary musical, the songs below are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there is a youthful/pop vibe to many of the following songs in order to match the style of the show.
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Step 1: Read your audition details
Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something comedic, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:
Step 2: Get to know the show
In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to read through the synopsis or libretto➝ while listening to the 13 cast album➝.
Step 3: Pick an audition song
Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.
There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.
And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (and not a specific character), there’s always a chance you might get chosen for a leading/supporting role!
To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.
“Edwina” – Dear Edwina
“Hugo’s First Case” – Tuck Everlasting
“Michael in the Bathroom” – Be More Chill
“Women and Sandwiches” – Freaky Friday
“Freeze Your Brain” – Heathers
“Hold On” – Lysistrata Jones
“I’m Alive” – Next to Normal
“Lay Low” – Lysistrata Jones
“Beautiful” – Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical
“Good Kid” – The Lightning Thief
“Loser Geek Whatever” – Be More Chill
“Top of the World” – Tuck Everlasting
“Change the World” – Lysistrata Jones
“I’d Rather Be Me” – Mean Girls
“Someone Gets Hurt” – Mean Girls
“What You Got” – Freaky Friday
“Everlasting” – Tuck Everlasting
“Good Girl Winnie Foster” – Tuck Everlasting
“One Perfect Moment” – Bring It On
“Parents Lie” – Freaky Friday
“After All of This and Everything” – Freaky Friday
“I Love Play Rehearsal” – Be More Chill
“Lost in the Brass” – Band Geeks
“And You Don’t Even Know It” – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
“It Just Wasn’t Meant to Happen” – Calvin Berger
“Sheldon Potts’ Halftime Show” – Junie B. Jones
“It Means Beautiful” – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
“Just Breathe” – The Prom
“No Turning Back Now” – Circles
Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!
“Alyssa Greene” – The Prom
“I See Stars” – Mean Girls
“My Grand Plan” – The Lighting Thief
“Blue Hair” – The Black Suits
“Saturday Alone” – Calvin Berger
“Superboy and the Invisible Girl” – Next to Normal
“Enjoy the Trip” – Bring It On
“Seventeen” – Tuck Everlasting
“The Kevin I Used to Be” – In Between
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for 13:
• “Hippie Town” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝
• “I’ll Never” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝
• “Seven, Eight, Nine” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝
• “Trouble in History Class” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝
• “Wanted: A Superhero Sister” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝
Final Step: Prepare for your audition
After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!
Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!
13 Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in 13 along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.
* That said, if you’ve specifically been asked to sing a song from the show, you can find the sheet music for the best possible audition songs below.
“13 / Becoming a Man” – Evan, Company
“The Lamest Place in the World➝” – Patrice
“Hey Kendra” – Brett, Malcolm, Eddie, Lucy, Kendra
“Get Me What I Need➝” – Archie, Ensemble
“Opportunity➝” – Lucy, Ensemble
“What It Means to Be a Friend➝” – Patrice
“All Hail the Brain➝” – Evan
“Terminal Illness” – Evan, Archie, Company
“Getting Ready” – Company
“Any Minute” – Brett, Kendra, Patrice, Archie
“Good Enough” – Patrice
“Being a Geek➝” – Evan, Ensemble
“Bad Bad News” – Eddie, Malcolm, Simon, Richie
“Tell Her” – Evan, Patrice
“It Can’t Be True” – Lucy, Molly, Cassie, Charlotte, Company
“If That’s What It Is” – Archie, Patrice, Evan
“A Little More Homework➝” – Evan, Company
“Brand New You➝” – Cassie, Charlotte, Molly, Company
Which of these audition songs for 13 did you choose?
And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.
Need extra help? Just go through this free audition prep checklist!
Author: Stacy Karyn
Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.