Musical-Specific Audition Songs

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 1980s musical, the following songs are from shows between the 1970s – 1990s. There are also lots of pop/rock selections 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 Blood Brothers.


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, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.


Edward ‘Eddie” Lyons

All Out of Love” – Air Supply [1980s/non-theatre]

Here I Am” – Air Supply [1980s/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 [1970s/non-theatre]

Dream Babies” – The Me Nobody Knows

Love Will Lead You Back” – Taylor Dayne [1980s/non-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 [1980s/non-theatre]

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” – The Smiths [1980s/non-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 [1980s/non-theatre]

Pity the Child” – Chess

Rolling Stock” – Starlight Express


Ensemble (Altos)

The Man With the Child in His Eyes” – Kate Bush [1970s/non-theatre]

The Story Goes On” – Baby

When There’s No One” – Carrie


Ensemble (Baritones)

Halloween” – Rent

Only With You” – Nine

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  [1980s/non-theatre]

Millwork” – Working

You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth” – Meat Loaf [1970s/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

The Night It Had to End” – Romance/Romance


Ensemble (Tenors)

Anthem” – Chess

Lost in the Wilderness” – Children of Eden

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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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