The Best Audition Songs for 13 – by Character

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:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “13 Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist


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.


Archie

Edwina” – Dear Edwina

Hugo’s First Case” – Tuck Everlasting

Michael in the Bathroom” – Be More Chill

Women and Sandwiches” – Freaky Friday


Brett

Freeze Your Brain” – Heathers

Hold On” – Lysistrata Jones

I’m Alive” – Next to Normal

Lay Low” – Lysistrata Jones


Evan Goldman

Beautiful” – Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

Good Kid” – The Lightning Thief

Loser Geek Whatever” – Be More Chill

Top of the World” – Tuck Everlasting


Lucy

Change the World” – Lysistrata Jones

I’d Rather Be Me” – Mean Girls

Someone Gets Hurt” – Mean Girls

What You Got” – Freaky Friday


Patrice

Everlasting” – Tuck Everlasting

Good Girl Winnie Foster” – Tuck Everlasting

One Perfect Moment” – Bring It On

Parents Lie” – Freaky Friday


Ensemble (Altos)

After All of This and Everything” – Freaky Friday

I Love Play Rehearsal” – Be More Chill

Lost in the Brass” – Band Geeks


Ensemble (Baritones/Basses)

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


Ensemble (Contras)

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!


Ensemble (Mezzos)

Alyssa Greene” – The Prom

I See Stars” – Mean Girls

My Grand Plan” – The Lighting Thief


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Blue Hair” – The Black Suits

Saturday Alone” – Calvin Berger

Superboy and the Invisible Girl” – Next to Normal


Ensemble (Tenors)

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!


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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.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for 13.
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.


 

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