The Best Audition Songs for Carrie – by Character
Do you have an upcoming audition for Carrie? 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 Carrie, broken down by character.
Since Carrie came out in the late 1980s, most of the songs below are from musicals that came out between 1985-2011. There is also more of a contemporary soft rock vibe to many of these 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.
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 Carrie 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.
“All Grown Up” – Bare
“I Say No” – Heathers
“If The World Should End” – Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
“Lifeboat” – Heathers
“Change the World” – Lysistrata Jones
“Opportunity” – 13
“So Much Better” – Legally Blonde
“The Mad Hatter” – Wonderland
“Dividing Day” – The Light in the Piazza
“How Many Tears?” – Martin Guerre
“Kiss of the Spider Woman” – Kiss of the Spider Woman
“Once Upon a Dream” – Jekyll & Hyde
“Back to Before” – Ragtime
“I Dreamed a Dance” – Next to Normal
“I Miss the Mountains” – Next to Normal
“Someone Else’s Story” – Chess
“One Perfect Moment” – Bring It On
“Portrait of a Girl” – Bare
“Where Am I Now?” – Lysistrata Jones
“With You” – Ghost
“Enjoy the Trip” – Bring It On
“Proud of Your Boy” – Aladdin
“There’s a World” – Next to Normal
“When She Smiles” – Lysistrata Jones
“A Quiet Night At Home” – Bare
“Fight For Me” – Heathers
“Kindergarten Boyfriend” – Heathers
“All That’s Known” – Spring Awakening
“Role of a Lifetime” – Bare
“The Mirror-Blue Night” – Spring Awakening
“If I Have to Live Alone” – The Baker’s Wife
“Where’s the Girl?” – The Scarlet Pimpernel
“You…You” – Scrooge
“Heaven Help My Heart” – Chess
“Living in the Shadows” – Victor/Victoria
“Tell Me It’s Not True” – Blood Brothers
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“Anything But Lonely” – Aspects of Love
“Dead Girl Walking” – Heathers
“What It Means to Be a Friend” – 13
“China Doll” – Marguerite
“How Could I Ever Know?” – The Secret Garden
“No One Knows Who I Am” – Jekyll & Hyde
“Freeze Your Brain” – Heathers
“He’s Not Here” – Next to Normal
“Left Behind” – Spring Awakening
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Carrie:
• “Agnes of God” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝
• “MacKenzie #1” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝
• “The Day They Shot John Lennon” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝
• “The Dead Deportee” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝
• “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!
Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!
Carrie Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Carrie, 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.
“In” – Company
“Carrie” – Carrie
“Open Your Heart” – Margaret, Reverend Bliss, Carrie, Ensemble
“And Eve Was Weak” – Margaret, Carrie
“The World According to Chris” – Chris, Billy, Sue, Tommy, Ensemble
“Evening Prayers” – Carrie, Margaret
“Dreamer in Disguise” – Tommy
“Once You See” – Sue
“Unsuspecting Hearts” – Miss Gardner, Carrie
“Do Me a Favor” – Sue, Chris, Tommy, Billy, Ensemble
“I Remember How Those Boys Could Dance” – Carrie, Margaret
“A Night We’ll Never Forget” – Carrie, Chris, Billy, Sue, Ensemble
“You Shine” – Tommy, Sue
“Why Not Me?” – Carrie, Ensemble
“Stay Here Instead” – Margaret, Carrie
“When There’s No One” – Margaret
“Prom Arrival” – Ensemble
“Unsuspecting Hearts (Reprise)” – Miss Gardner, Carrie
“Dreamer in Disguise (Reprise)” – Tommy, Carrie, Ensemble
“Prom Climax” – Chris, Billy, Sue, Carrie, Ensemble
“Alma Mater” – Ensemble
“The Destruction” – Carrie, Ensemble
“Carrie (Reprise)” – Margaret
“Epilogue” – Sue, Ensemble
Which of these audition songs for Carrie 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.
Need extra help? Just go through this free audition prep checklist!
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.