The Best Audition Songs for Bare – by Character

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

Since Bare is a very early contemporary musical, the songs below are from musicals around this time period as well (1995-2011). In addition, there is a youthful pop/rock 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 upbeat, 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 “Bare 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 listen to the Bare cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.


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.


Claire

I Miss the Mountains” – Next to Normal

Lying There” – Edges

So Anyway” – Next to Normal

Stop, Time” – Big


Ivy

Blue Hair” – The Black Suits

Lifeboat” – Heathers

Mama Who Bore Me” – Spring Awakening

Whispering” – Spring Awakening


Jason

Aftershocks” – Next to Normal

As Good As I Get” – Next Thing You Know

Don’t Do Sadness” – Spring Awakening

Nobody Needs to Know” – The Last Five Years


Matt

Freeze Your Brain” – Heathers

I’m Alive” – Next to Normal

There’s a World” – Next to Normal

When She Smiles” – Lysistrata Jones


Nadia

Everything Else” – Next to Normal

Kindergarten Boyfriend” – Heathers

If The World Should End” – Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Superboy and the Invisible Girl” – Next to Normal


Peter

All That’s Known” – Spring Awakening

He’s Not Here” – Next to Normal

Left Behind” – Spring Awakening

The Mirror-Blue Night” – Spring Awakening


Sister Chantelle

Are You a Believer?” – Ghost

Do The Sacred Mass” – Sister Act

Fabulous, Baby!” – Sister Act

Lot’s Wife” – Caroline, or Change


Ensemble (Altos)

Come to Your Senses” – Tick, Tick…BOOM!

One Perfect Moment” – Bring It On

Where Am I Now?” – Lysistrata Jones


Ensemble (Baritones/Basses)

Favorite Places” – Ordinary Days

Goodbye” – I Love You Because

Morning After Omelet” – Next Thing You Know


Ensemble (Contras)

Boy Falls From The Sky” – Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark

I Dreamed a Dance” – Next to Normal

No Turning Back Now” – Circles


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Fight For Me” – Heathers

Infinite Joy” – Elegies: A Song Cycle

Nothing Stops Another Day” – Ghost


Ensemble (Tenors)

A Jerk Like Me” – When Midnight Strikes

And I Breathe” – Next Thing You Know

Enjoy the Trip” – Bring It On


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Bare:

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

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

• “Rooms” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

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

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


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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Bare Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Bare, 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:

“Epiphany” – Company

“You and I” – Jason, Peter, Ensemble

Role of a Lifetime” – Peter

“Auditions” – Sister Chantelle, Ensemble

“Plain Jane Fat Ass” – Nadia, Jason

“Wonderland” – Lucas, Matt, Ensemble

A Quiet Night at Home” – Nadia

“Best Kept Secret” – Jason, Peter

“Confession” – Priest, Ensemble

Portrait of a Girl” – Ivy, Matt

“Birthday, B*tch!” – Ensemble

“One Kiss” – Ivy, Jason

“Are You There?” – Matt, Peter

“Emergency/Mother Love” – Virgin Mary, Ensemble

“Reputation Stain’d” – Ensemble

“Ever After” – Peter, Jason

“Spring” – Nadia

“One” – Ivy, Jason, Nadia, Matt, Peter


Act 2:

“Wedding Bells” – Company

“In The Hallway” – Ensemble

“Touch My Soul” – Ivy, Jason

“See Me” – Peter, Claire

“Warning” – Claire

“Pilgrim’s Hands” – Jason, Peter, Ensemble

“God Don’t Make No Trash” – Sister Chantelle

All Grown Up” – Ivy

“Promise” – Jason, Ivy, Matt, Peter, Nadia

“Once Upon a Time” – Jason

“Cross” – Jason, Priest

“Two Households” – Ensemble

“Bare” – Jason, Peter

“Queen Mab” – Peter

“A Glooming Peace” – Ensemble

“Absolution” – Peter

“No Voice” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Bare 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 Bare.
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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