The Best Audition Songs for Dear Evan Hansen – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Dear Evan Hansen? 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 Dear Evan Hansen, broken down by character.

Since Dear Evan Hansen is a contemporary musical, most of the following songs are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there are lots of pop/rock vibes and non-musical theatre songs below in case it’s requested.


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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 (pop/rock, something contemporary, 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 “Dear Evan Hansen Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist

*Note* – If you’re submitting an ONLINE audition for DEH, follow the instructions HERE.


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 or libretto➝ while listening to the Dear Evan Hansen 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.


Evan Hansen

Bad Habit” – Ben Platt  [pop/non-musical theatre]

Come Back” – Dogfight

He’s Not Here” – Next to Normal

Left Behind” – Spring Awakening

Michael in the Bathroom” – Be More Chill

Welcome to Wonderland” – Anson Seabra  [pop/non-musical theatre]


Heidi Hansen

After All of This and Everything” – Freaky Friday

Anywhere But Here” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Days and Days” – Fun Home

I Miss the Mountains” – Next to Normal


Larry Murphy

Hey, Kid” – If/Then

Older” – Ben Platt  [pop/non-musical theatre]

The Pants Song” – Be More Chill

What Would You Do?” – If/Then


Zoe Murphy

Before It’s Over” – Dogfight

Lose You to Love Me” – Selena Gomez  [pop/non-musical theatre]

Pretty Funny” – Dogfight

Safer” – First Date

Where Am I Now?” – Lysistrata Jones


Ensemble (Altos)

Maps” – Fun Home

On the Edge” – We Aren’t Kids Anymore

One Day” – Groundhog Day

One Perfect Moment” – Bring It On

The Girl Who Drove Away” – The Mad Ones


Ensemble (Baritones)

All That’s Known” – Spring Awakening

Grow As We Go” – Ben Platt  [pop/non-musical theatre]

If I Didn’t Believe in You” – The Last Five Years

Role of a Lifetime” – Bare

When She Smiles” – Lysistrata Jones


Ensemble (Basses)

Everything About You” – Groundhog Day

Keep on Standing” – Rocky

Trying My Best” – Anson Seabra  [pop/non-musical theatre]

We Look to You” – The Prom

Welcome to the World” – A Man of No Importance


Ensemble (Contras)

I Can’t Breathe” – Bea Miller  [pop/non-musical theatre]

It Means Beautiful” – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Just Breathe” – The Prom

Playing Nancy” – Groundhog Day

Run Away” – Ben Platt  [pop/non-musical theatre]


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Remember This” – The Mad Ones

So Anyway” – Next to Normal

Superboy and the Invisible Girl” – Next to Normal

Times Are Hard for Dreamers” – Amélie

You Learn to Live Without” – If/Then


Ensemble (Tenors)

Freeze Your Brain” – Heathers

In Case You Don’t Live Forever” – Ben Platt  [pop/non-musical theatre]

Run Away With Me” – The Mad Ones

Seventeen” – Tuck Everlasting

Women and Sandwiches” – Freaky Friday


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Dear Evan Hansen:

• “At the Table” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

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

• “Meet Me at the Gates, Marcus James” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

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

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

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


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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Dear Evan Hansen Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Dear Evan Hansen, 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:

“Anybody Have a Map?” – Heidi, Cynthia

Waving Through a Window” – Evan

For Forever” – Evan

“Sincerely, Me” – Connor, Evan, Jared

Requiem” – Zoe, Cynthia, Larry

“If I Could Tell Her” – Evan, Zoe

“Disappear” – Connor, Evan, Alana, Jared, Larry, Cynthia, Zoe

“You Will Be Found” – Evan, Alana, Jared, Zoe, Company


Act 2:

“Sincerely, Me (Reprise)” – Connor, Jared

To Break in a Glove” – Larry, Evan

“Only Us” – Zoe, Evan

“Good for You” – Heidi, Alana, Jared, Evan

Words Fail” – Evan

So Big / So Small” – Heidi

“Finale” – Evan, Company


Which of these audition songs for Dear Evan Hansen 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 Dear Evan Hansen.
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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