The Best Audition Songs for Blood Brothers – by Character

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

Since Blood Brothers is a pre-contemporary pop/rock musical, most of the following songs are from musicals between the 1970s-1990s. as well. In addition, there are also lots of pop-rock vibes and non-musical theatre songs 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. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Blood Brothers 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 while listening to the Blood Brothers 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.


Edward ‘Eddie” Lyons

All Out of Love” – Air Supply  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

Here I Am” – Air Supply  [80s pop/non-theatre]

Sensation” – The Who’s Tommy

Welcome” – The Who’s Tommy


Michael ‘Mickey’ Johnstone

Midnight Radio” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Once in a While” – The Rocky Horror Show

The Mason” – Working

Wicked Little Town” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Mrs. Johnstone

Child of Mine” – Carole King  [70s/non-musical theatre]

Dream Babies” – The Me Nobody Knows

Love Will Lead You Back” – Taylor Dayne  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

Old Friend” – I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road


Mr. Lyons

Knowing Me, Knowing You” – Mamma Mia!

Once Before I Go” – The Boy from Oz

Rubber Ring” – The Smiths  [80s pop rock/non-musical theatre]

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” – The Smiths  [80s rock/non-musical theatre]


Mrs. Lyons

Another Suitcase in Another Hall” – Evita

Dear Tom” – I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking it on the Road

Lonely Lady” – I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking it on the Road

Patterns” – Baby


The Narrator

Heaven on Their Minds” – Jesus Christ Superstar

Home Sweet Home” – Mötley Crüe [80s rock/non-musical theatre]

Pity the Child” – Chess

Rolling Stock” – Starlight Express


Ensemble (Altos)

Miss Byrd” – Closer Than Ever

The Man With the Child in His Eyes” – Kate Bush  [70s pop/non-theatre]

The Story Goes On” – Baby


Ensemble (Baritones)

And the Money Kept Rolling In” – Evita  [use natural accent]

The Man Who Sold the World” – David Bowie  [70s rock/non-theatre]

Unsettled Scores” – Whistle Down the Wind


Ensemble (Basses)

Fallin’” – They’re Playing Our Song

Fathers and Sons” – Working

Pilate’s Dream” – Jesus Christ Superstar


Ensemble (Contras)

Broken Wings” – Mr. Mister  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

Millwork” – Working

You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth” – Meat Loaf  [70s rock/non-theatre]


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Happy Birthday” – I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking it on the Road

Put in a Package and Sold” – I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking it on the Road

Unsuspecting Hearts” – Carrie


Ensemble (Tenors)

Anthem” – Chess

Is Nothing Sacred” – Meat Loaf  [90s rock/non-musical theatre]

Where I Want to Be” – Chess


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Blood Brothers:

• “Fun House Mirror” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “MacKenzie #1” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝

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

• “The Dead Deportee” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “Wormhole➝” from Ohio  (Zach)


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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Blood Brothers Song List

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

“Marilyn Monroe” – Mrs. Johnstone

“My Child” – Mrs. Johnstone, Mrs. Lyons

“Easy Terms” – Mrs. Johnstone

Shoes Upon the Table” / “The Devil’s Got Your Number” – Narrator

“Sunday Afternoon” / “My Friend” – Mickey, Eddie

“Bright New Day” – Mrs. Johnstone, Company


Act 2:

“Marilyn Monroe, Pt. 2” – Mrs. Johnstone, Ensemble

“That Guy” – Mickey, Eddie

“I’m Not Saying a Word” – Eddie

“Take a Letter Miss Jones” – Mr Lyons, Ensemble

“Light Romance” – Mrs. Johnstone

“There’s a Madman” – Narrator

Tell Me It’s Not True” – Mrs. Johnstone, Company


Which of these audition songs for Blood Brothers 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 Blood Brothers.
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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