Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for 21 Chump Street – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for 21 Chump Street? 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 21 Chump Street, broken down by character.

Since 21 Chump Street is a contemporary musical, most of the following songs are from contemporary shows as well. In addition, there are lots of pop/rap vibes below 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 uptempo, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call.

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 while listening to the 21 Chump Street 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 (rather than a specific character), there’s always a chance of being cast in a leading or supporting role!

To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose a suitable song from the list below!


Boundaries” – A Strange Loop

Jealous” – Labrinth [2010s/non-theatre]

Lay Low” – Lysistrata Jones

When She Smiles” – Lysistrata Jones


Breathe” – In the Heights

Everything I Know” – In the Heights

It Won’t Be Long Now” – In the Heights

Waiting on a Miracle” – Encanto [2020s film/non-theatre]


Alabanza” – In the Heights

Glorious” – Macklemore [2010s/non-theatre]

Inútil” – In the Heights

NOTE: There are only a few ensemble roles in this show – all in the baritone/tenor/alto vocal ranges. That’s why there are only audition song selections for those vocal types below. If your audition call is open to all gender identities/vocal ranges for their production, feel free to transpose one of the following songs to your vocal range on Musicnotes!

Ensemble (Altos)

Let Me Down” – Jorja Smith [2010s/non-theatre]

One Perfect Moment” – Bring It On

We’re Not Done” – Bring It On

Ensemble (Baritones)

Growing Up” – Macklemore [2010s/non-theatre]

Hold On” – Lysistrata Jones

Jeff Sums It Up” – Tootsie

Ensemble (Tenors)

Dos Oruguitas” – Encanto [2020s film/non-theatre]

Enjoy the Trip” – Bring It On

Run Away With Me” – The Mad Ones

Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!

Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for 21 Chump Street:

• “It Isn’t Easy” in The Acting Coach Approach: 48 Monologues for Kids➝

• “Meet Me at the Gates, Marcus James” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Speechless” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝

• “The Pact” in The Acting Coach Approach: 48 Monologues for Kids➝

• “Unteachable” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

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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21 Chump Street Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in 21 Chump Street, 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.

“What the Heck I Gotta Do” – Justin, Narrator, Naomi, Ensemble

“One School” – Naomi, Narrator, Justin

“Cousin” – Justin, Narrator, Naomi, Ensemble

“The Money” – Naomi, Justin, Narrator, Ensemble

“Epilogue” – Narrator, Naomi, Justin, Ensemble

Which of these audition songs for 21 Chump Street 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 21 Chump Street.
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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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