Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for A New Brain – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for A New Brain? 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 A New Brain, broken down by character.

Since A New Brain is a 1990s musical, the following songs are from shows between the 1980s – 2010s. There are also lots of piano-heavy songs below to match the musical’s style.

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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: Study the show

Before auditioning, you should get familiar with the show, and listening to the cast album is a great way to do that. Here’s where you can learn more about A New Brain.

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, decide which character you’d like to audition for. And finally, choose a suitable song from the list below!

Gordon Michael Schwinn

Favorite Places” – Ordinary Days

The Kid Inside” – Is There Life After High School?

What More Can I Say?” – Falsettos

You Gotta Die Sometime” – Falsettos


A Lovely Day to Be Out of Jail” – The Life

Infinite Joy” – Elegies: A Song Cycle

Stars and the Moon” – Songs for a New World

We Had a Dream” – The Life

Mimi Schwinn

Anytime I Am There” – Elegies: A Song Cycle

Colored Lights” – The Rink

Dancing All the Time” – Big

Never Get Married” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Roger Delli-Bovi

People Carry On” – The Story of My Life

Shouldn’t I Be Less in Love With You?” – I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

The Games I Play” – Falsettos

What Would I Do?” – Falsettos

Ensemble (Altos)

Holding to the Ground” – Falsettos

Just Not Now” – I Love You Because

Only One” – Elegies: A Song Cycle

Ensemble (Baritones)

I Like It Here” – The Story of My Life

I Think I Like Her” – Summer of ’42

Life Story (Reprise)” – Ordinary Days

Ensemble (Basses)

If I Sing” – Closer Than Ever

Mrs. Remington” – The Story of My Life

What Would You Do?” – If/Then

Ensemble (Contras)

King of the World” – Songs for a New World

My Body Wasn’t Why” – The Glorious Ones

Nothing Really Happened” – Is There Life After High School?

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

Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Hear My Song” – Songs for a New World

I’m Breaking Down” – Falsettos

I’m Not Afraid of Anything” – Songs for a New World

Ensemble (Tenors)

Need to Know” – Weird Romance

The Phone Call” – Lucky Stiff

Write What You Know” – The Story of My Life

Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for A New Brain:

• “Don’t Look at Me #1” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Don’t Look at Me #2” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Nobody’s Flood” in The Perfect Audition Monologue: First Edition➝

• “Some People Get Locked Up➝” from Pretty Theft➝  (Joe)

• “The Fainting Couch” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

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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A New Brain Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in A New Brain, 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.

Act 1:

“Frogs Have So Much Spring (The Spring Song)” – Gordon

“Calamari” – Gordon, Rhoda, Waitress

“911 Emergency” / “I Have So Many Songs” – Rhoda, Nancy, Doctor, Gordon, Ensemble

“Heart and Music” – Gordon, Minister, Ensemble

“Mother’s Gonna Make Things Fine” – Mimi, Gordon

“Trouble in His Brain” – Doctor, Mimi

“Be Polite to Everyone” – Mr. Bungee, Gordon, Mimi, Rhoda

I’d Rather Be Sailing” Roger, Gordon

“Family History” – Nancy, Richard, Mimi

“Gordo’s Law of Genetics” – Doctor, Rhoda, Lisa, Ensemble

And They’re Off” – Gordon, Company

“Roger Arrives” – Lisa, Roger, Gordon, Mimi, Rhoda

“Just Go” – Gordon, Roger

”MRI Tomorrow” – Gordon, Roger, Richard

Poor, Unsuccessful and Fat” – Richard, Gordon, Mr. Bungee

”MRI Day” – Nancy, Gordon

“Sitting Becalmed in the Lee of Cuttyhunk” – Gordon, Richard, Doctor, Rhoda, Nancy, Ensemble

“Craniotomy” – Doctor, Gordon, Nancy, Minister, Mimi, Roger

“An Invitation to Sleep in My Arms” – Gordon, Rhoda, Mimi, Roger

Change” – Lisa

“Yes” – Gordon, Mr. Bungee, Ensemble

“In the Middle of the Room (Part 1)” – Gordon, Mimi

“Throw It Out” – Mimi

”In the Middle of the Room (Part 2)” – Gordon

“A Really Lousy Day in the Universe” – Roger, Lisa

“Brain Dead” – Gordon, Roger, Ensemble

“Whenever I Dream” – Rhoda, Gordon

Eating Myself Up Alive” – Richard, Nancy, Doctor, Minister, Lisa

The Music Still Plays On” – Mimi

“Don’t Give In” – Mr. Bungee, Gordon, Roger, Rhoda, Mimi

”Craniotomy (Reprise)” – Doctor

“You Boys Are Gonna Get Me in Such Trouble” – Richard, Roger, Gordon

“The Homeless Lady’s Revenge” – Lisa, Gordon, Roger

“Time” – Gordon, Roger

“Time and Music” – Minister, Roger, Mimi, Gordon, Lisa, Mr. Bungee, Company

“I Feel So Much Spring” – Gordon, Lisa, Minister, Mimi, Rhoda, Company

Which of these audition songs for A New Brain 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 A New Brain.
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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