The Best Audition Songs for Big – by Character

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

Since Big is a musical from the 1990s the songs below are from musicals between 1990-2010 as well. In addition there is a light-hearted and energetic vibe to many of the following 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. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Big 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 Big 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.


Billy Kopecki

Counting Down to Christmas” – A Christmas Story

Electricity” – Billy Elliot

Picture Show” – Bonnie & Clyde  [Young Clyde’s part]

Whatcha Gonna Do?” – Chaplin  [w/ your natural accent]


Josh Baskin

I Think I Like Her” – Summer of ’42

It Just Wasn’t Meant to Happen” – Calvin Berger

Mrs. Remington” – The Story of My Life

She Thinks I’m Old” – Daddy Long Legs


Mrs. Baskin

Holding to the Ground” – Falsettos

I’m Breaking Down” – Falsettos

Just Like That” – A Christmas Story

What a Mother Does” – A Christmas Story


Susan Lawrence

Cute Boys With Short Haircuts” – Vanities

I’ll Be Here” – Ordinary Days

Just Not Now” – I Love You Because

Sing Your Own Song” – Dear Edwina


Young Josh

Noah Down the Stairs” – Caroline, or Change

There Is a Santa Claus” – Elf

Think Positive” – Willy Wonka

When I Get My Name in Lights” – The Boy from Oz


Ensemble (Altos)

A Way Back to Then” – Title of Show

Every Time You Smiled at Me” – Nunsense Jamboree

Don’t Wanna Be Here” – Ordinary Days


Ensemble (Baritones)

Favorite Places” – Ordinary Days

I Miss the Music” – Curtains

People Carry On” – The Story of My Life


Ensemble (Basses)

1876” – The Story of My Life

Father to Son” – Falsettos

I Like It Here” – The Story of My Life


Ensemble (Contras)

Calm” – Ordinary Days

That’s Enough for Me” – Romance in Hard Times

The Music Still Plays On” – A New Brain


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Christmas Lullaby” – Songs for a New World

Infinite Joy” – Elegies: A Song Cycle

No One Cared Like You” – Nunsense II


Ensemble (Tenors)

Lost Boy” – Darling

The Butterfly” – The Story of My Life

Write What You Know” – The Story of My Life


Ensemble (Trebles)

In the Big Blue World” – Finding Nemo: The Musical

Periwinkle” – Dear Edwina

Up on the Fridge” – Dear Edwina


Step 4: Select a monologue

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

• “Bread and Circuses” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “Rooms” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “That’s All I Got➝” from Other Desert Cities  (Trip)

• “The Not-So-Nice List” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝

• “We’ll Figure It Out” in Monologues for Kids and Tweens➝


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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Big Song List

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

“Prologue” / “Can’t Wait” – Young Josh, Mrs. Baskin, Billy, Ensemble

“Talk to Her” / “Carnival” – Billy, Young Josh

“Say Good Morning to Mom” – Mrs. Baskin

“This Isn’t Me” – Josh

“You’re a Big Boy Now” / “I Want to Go Home” – Billy, Josh

“The Time of Your Life” / “Fun” – MacMillan, Josh, Ensemble

“Josh’s Welcome” – Susan, Paul, Ensemble

“Here We Go Again” – Susan

Stars” – Josh Baskin, Susan

“Little Susan Lawrence” – Susan

“Cross the Line” – Josh Baskin, Company


Act 2:

“It’s Time” – Billy, Ensemble

Stop, Time” – Mrs. Baskin

Dancing All the Time” – Susan

I Want to Know” – Young Josh

“Coffee, Black” – Josh, MacMillan, Ensemble

“The Real Thing” – Nick, Tom, Diane, Abigail

One Special Man” – Susan

“When You’re Big” – Josh Baskin

“Cross the Line (Reprise) – Company


Which of these audition songs for Big 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 Big.
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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