The Best Audition Songs for Avenue Q – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Avenue Q? 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 Avenue Q, broken down by character.

Since Avenue Q is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there are lots of comedic and character 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 (something comedic, contemporary, 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 “Avenue Q 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 Avenue Q 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.


Brian

A Day for the Cat in the Hat” – Seussical

How Lucky You Are” – Seussical

Run, Freedom, Run!” – Urinetown

The Pants Song” – Be More Chill


Christmas Eve

Fly, Fly Away” – Catch Me If You Can

Never Fall in Love (With an Elf)” – Elf

Periwinkle” – Dear Edwina

What’s Gonna Happen” – Tootsie


Gary Coleman

As We Stumble Along” – The Drowsy Chaperone

Brand New You” – 13

Fabulous, Baby!” – Sister Act

I Didn’t Plan It” – Waitress


Kate Monster

Lost in the Brass” – Band Geeks

Sing Your Own Song” – Dear Edwina

Up on the Fridge” – Dear Edwina

What’s Wrong With Me?” – Mean Girls


Lucy

All Falls Down” – Chaplin

Friki-Friki” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Listen to Your Heart” – Young Frankenstein

What You Got” – Freaky Friday


Nicky

A Christmas Song” – Elf

Reindeers are Better Than People” – Frozen

Warts and All” – Honk!

You Can’t Trust a Man” – Tuck Everlasting


Princeton

I’m Allergic to Cats” – The Theory of Relativity

Just Like Him” – Elf

Look at the Sky” – Urinetown

Man About Town” – Young Frankenstein


Rod

Human Stuff” – The Little Mermaid

Loser Geek Whatever” – Be More Chill

Sheldon Potts’ Halftime Show” – Junie B. Jones

World’s Greatest Dad” – Elf


Ensemble (Altos)

I Love Play Rehearsal” – Be More Chill

Notice Me, Horton” – Seussical

Right Hand Man” – Something Rotten!


Ensemble (Baritones)

Alone in the Universe” – Seussical

Different” – Honk!

The Genius on Cleveland Street” – A Christmas Story


Ensemble (Basses)

Happy/Sad” – The Addams Family

I’d Order Love” – First Date

Please Send Me Someone” – Young Frankenstein


Ensemble (Contras)

Just Around the Corner” – The Addams Family

Nice” – It Shoulda Been You

Thank God She’s Blind” – The Toxic Avenger


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

I Speak Six Languages” – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

My Big French Boyfriend” – The Toxic Avenger

The Lamest Place in the World” – 13


Ensemble (Sopranos)

A Note From Grandma” – The Wedding Singer

Morning Person” – Shrek

What Only Love Can See” – Chaplin


Ensemble (Tenors)

Edwina” – Dear Edwina

Positoovity” – The Little Mermaid

The Moon and Me” – The Addams Family


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Avenue Q:

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

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

• “Trolling 101” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

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

• “You Know What➝” from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown  (Patty)


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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Avenue Q Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Avenue Q 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:

“The Avenue Q Theme” – Company

“What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?” – Princeton

“It Sucks to Be Me” – Kate, Brian, Rod, Nicky, Christmas Eve, Princeton, Gary Coleman

“If You Were Gay” – Nicky, Rod

Purpose” – Princeton, Ensemble

“Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” – Princeton, Kate, Gary, Brian, Christmas Eve

“The Internet Is for Porn” – Kate, Trekkie, Brian, Rod, Gary, Princeton

“Mix Tape” – Kate, Princeton

“I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today” – Brian

Special” – Lucy

“You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want” – Bad Idea Bears, Kate, Princeton, Gary, Christmas Eve, Brian

“Fantasies Come True” – Rod, Nicky, Princeton, Kate

“My Girlfriend, Who Lives in Canada” – Rod

There’s a Fine, Fine Line” – Kate


Act 2:

“There Is Life Outside Your Apartment” – Brian, Princeton, Christmas Eve, Nicky, Gary, Trekkie, Lucy

“The More You Ruv Someone” – Christmas Eve, Kate

“Schadenfreude” – Gary, Nicky

“I Wish I Could Go Back to College” – Kate, Nicky, Princeton

“The Money Song” – Nicky, Princeton, Gary, Brian, Christmas Eve

“School for Monsters / The Money Song (Reprise)” – Trekkie, Nicky, Princeton, Brian, Christmas Eve

“There’s a Fine, Fine Line / What Do You Do With a B.A. in English (Reprise)” – Princeton, Kate, Newcomer

“For Now” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Avenue Q 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.

* The featured image is from Uark Theatre.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for Avenue Q.
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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