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, 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 (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 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/contra 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!
“Delivery” – Working
“I Need a Dollar” – Aloe Blacc [2010s/non-theatre]
“See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa/Charlie Puth [2010s/non-theatre]
“Choir” – Guy Sebastian [2010s/non-theatre]
“Enjoy the Trip” – Bring It On
“Hold On” – Lysistrata Jones
“Before I Go” – Guy Sebastian [2020s/non-theatre]
“Dos Oruguitas” – Encanto [2020s film/non-theatre]
“You’re Welcome” – Moana
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!
Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!
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.
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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.