64 of the Best Audition Songs for Contras

Are you getting ready for an important audition? Well, first you should check out our giant database of audition songs for specific musicals. But if your show hasn’t yet been covered by us, or if you’re just looking to expand your repertoire,  you can go through this list of audition songs for contras (contraltos / countertenors / contra tenors).

* There is no difference between a “contralto” and a “contra tenor” in terms of vocal range. That’s why I’m proposing that we together coin a new gender-inclusive term of “contras”.

By the way, if your vocal range lies between E3-E5, you are a contra! If you haven’t gone through the steps to find your vocal type yet, I would definitely recommend doing so!


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First Step: 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

“Audition Songs for Contras” Spotify Playlist


Quick Tip: For easy access to each song’s sheet music, backing tracks, music, time period, and vocal type info, just follow any of the links below!


Golden Age Songs for Contras (1940-1959)

I Never Know When” – Goldilocks

Lazy Afternoon” – The Golden Apple

Lonely House” – Street Scene

Nobody’s Heart” – By Jupiter

Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” – Guys and Dolls

Some People” – Gypsy

Tender Shepherd” – Peter Pan

Wendy” – Peter Pan


Post-Golden Age Songs for Contras (1960s)

A Parade in Town” – Anyone Can Whistle

Cabaret” – Cabaret

I Believe in You” – How to Succeed in Business

I Don’t Want to Know” – Dear World

So What?” – Cabaret

The Sailor of My Dreams” – Dames at Sea

Where Am I Going?” – Sweet Charity

Why Do The Wrong People Travel?” – Sail Away


1970s Songs for Contras

He’s Good For Me” – Seesaw

I Still Believe in Love” – They’re Playing Our Song

I’m Still Here” – Follies

Lovers on Christmas Eve” – I Love My Wife

Magic to Do” – Pippin

Millwork” – Working

Nobody Tells Me How” – Working

Save the People” – Godspell


1980s Songs for Contras

Like It Was” – Merrily We Roll Along

Heaven Help My Heart” – Chess

I Want to Go to Hollywood” – Grand Hotel

Maybe” – Miss Saigon

Meadowlark” – The Baker’s Wife

What You Need” – Grand Hotel

Where is the Warmth?” – The Baker’s Wife

With Every Breath I Take” – City of Angels


1990s Songs for Contras

A Change in Me” – Beauty and the Beast

Every Tear a Mother Cries” – Honk!

Flying Home” – Songs for a New World

King of the World” – Songs for a New World

Living in the Shadows” – Victor/Victoria

The Music Still Plays On” – A New Brain

Wig in a Box” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Without You” – Rent


2000s Songs for Contras

Here Within These Walls” – Sister Act

I’m Alive” – Next to Normal

Just Like That” – A Christmas Story

I Dreamed a Dance” – Next to Normal

Love and Love Alone” – The Visit

My Body Wasn’t Why” – The Glorious Ones

Out of Sight, Out of Mind” – A Tale of Two Cities

Prayer of the Comfort Counselor” – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee


2010s Songs for Contras

All I Need is an Angel” – Grease Live!

Come Back” – Dogfight

I’m Not Falling for That” – We Aren’t Kids Anymore

Live in Living Color” – Catch Me If You Can

Playing Nancy” – Groundhog Day

There Was John” – Tootsie

Time Stood Still” – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

When the Booth Goes Bright” – Amélie


Character/Comedic Songs for Contras

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

I Really Like Him” – Man of La Mancha

Just Around the Corner” – The Addams Family

Mooning” – Grease

My Conviction” – Hair

Nice” – It Shoulda Been You

Sensitivity” – Once Upon a Mattress

Whatever Lola Wants” – Damn Yankees


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Know of any other great audition songs for contras?

And what role are you auditioning for next? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! In the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Pop Songs for Contras.
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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