The Best Audition Songs for Disaster! – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Disaster!? 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 Disaster!, broken down by character.

Since Disaster! is a jukebox musical featuring songs from the 1970s, the following list contains both musical and non-musical theatre songs from the 1960s-1980s. In addition, there are lots of pop and disco vibes 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 “Disaster! 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 Disaster! 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.


Chad

Come Sail Away” – Styx [70s rock/non-musical theatre]

Heaven Can Wait” – Meat Loaf  [70s rock/non-musical theatre]

More Than a Feeling” – Boston [70s rock/non-musical theatre]

We Gotta Get Out of this Place” – Beautiful


Jackie

Girls Just Want to Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

Knowing When to Leave” – Promises, Promises

I Say a Little Prayer” – Dionne Warwick/Promises, Promises

Downtown” – Petula Clark  [60s pop/non-musical theatre]


Levora Verona

Bad Girls” – Donna Summer  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

Fabulous, Baby!” – Sister Act

Last Dance” – Donna Summer  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

She Works Hard for the Money” – Donna Summer  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]


Marianne

Heart of Glass” – Blondie  [70s pop rock/non-musical theatre]

Hit Me With Your Best Shot” – Pat Benetar  [80s pop rock/non-musical theatre]

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

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


Maury

Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” – Looking Glass  [1970s/non-musical theatre]

Captain Jack” – Movin’ Out

Dance With Me” – Orleans  [1970s/non-musical theatre]

Piano Man” – Billy Joel  [1970s/non-musical theatre]


Shirley

Angelo” – Brotherhood of Man  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

I Feel the Earth Move” – Beautiful

I Only Want to Be With You” – Dusty Springfield  [60s pop/non-musical theatre]

You Light Up My Life” – Debby Boone  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]


Sister Mary Downey

* It might be beneficial to prepare both an “A” song and a “B” song in order to be able to show both sides of this character’s personality.

A. “I’m Every Woman” – Chaka Khan  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

A. “Lookin’ Through the Windows” – The Jackson 5  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

B. “Sons of” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

B. “Timid Frieda” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

B. “Woodstock” – Joni Mitchell  [70s rock/non-musical theatre]


Tony

Easy” – Commodores  [70s soul/non-musical theatre]

Hello” – Lionel Richie  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

Making Love Out of Nothing At All” – Air Supply  [80s rock/non-musical theatre]

The Stranger” – Movin’ Out


Ensemble (Altos)

Fernando” – ABBA  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

It’s Raining Men” – The Weather Girls  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

You Can’t Win” – The Wiz


Ensemble (Baritones)

Knowing Me, Knowing You” – Mamma Mia!

You Are the Sunshine of My Life” – Stevie Wonder  [70s soul/non-theatre]

You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” – Barry White  [70s soul/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Basses)

Always on My Mind” – Elvis  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

Lean on Me” – Bill Withers  [70s soul/non-musical theatre]

Your Song” – Elton John  [70s pop rock/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Contras)

Burning Love” – Elvis Presley  [70s rock/non-musical theatre]

Crocodile Rock” – Elton John  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

Magic Man” – Heart  [1970s rock/non-musical theatre]


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

Angel” – Aretha Franklin  [70s soul/non-musical theatre]

I’m Still Waiting” – Diana Ross  [70s soul/non-musical theatre]

Listen to Your Heart” – Roxette  [80s pop rock/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Sopranos)

A Little More Love” – Olivia Newton-John  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

Band of Gold” – Freda Payne  [1960s/non-theatre]

Little Queen” – Heart  [70s rock/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Tenors)

Dream On” – Aerosmith  [70s rock/non-musical theatre]

Go West” – Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Purple Rain” – Prince  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Disaster!:

• “Album” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

• “Green Pepper➝” from Cocktails at Pam’s  (Estelle)

• “Hear That Song?➝” from Ohio  (Cat)

• “It’s Never One Thing➝” from Shows for Days  (Irene)

• “Johnny Talks Kids➝” from Frankie and Johnny…  (Johnny)


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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Disaster! Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Disaster!, 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.


Act 1:

“Hot Stuff” – Scott, Chad, Jake, Ted, Tony, Ensemble

“The Lord’s Prayer” – Sister Mary

“Theme from Mahogany” – Levora

“Saturday Night” – Jackie, Ensemble

“Do You Wanna Make Love” – Tony, Marianne

“Without You” – Chad

“I Am Woman” / “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be” – Marianne, Lisa, Ensemble

“Mockingbird” – Jackie, Ted

“Still the One” – Shirley, Maury

“Never Can Say Goodbye” / “Torn Between Two Lovers” – Sister Mary

“Feelings” – Ted, Marianne, Chad

“Knock on Wood” – Levora, Ensemble


Act 2:

“You’re My Best Friend” – Chad, Scott

“Three Times a Lady” – Chad, Wealthy Man

“Ben” – Lisa, Maury, Sister Mary

“25 or 6 to 4” – Ted, Sister Mary, Shirley, Maury, Chad

“Sky High” – Chad, Ted, Marianne, Ensemble

“When Will I Be Loved” – Jackie, Ben, Lisa

“Don’t Cry Out Loud” – Tony

“Come to Me” – Levora, Sister Mary

“I’d Really Love to See You Tonight” – Chad, Marianne

“I Will Survive” – Jackie, Tony

“A Fifth of Beethoven” – Shirley, Company

“Reunited” – Chad, Marianne, Ted

“Daybreak” – Company

“Hooked on a Feeling” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Disaster! 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 Disaster!.
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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