The Best Audition Songs for Falsettos – by Character
Do you have an upcoming audition for Falsettos? 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 Falsettos, broken down by character.
Since Falsettos is a 1990s musical, the following songs are from the 1990s-2010s. In addition, there are lots of family and love-related themes 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 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 read through the synopsis or libretto for Falsettos➝ while listening to the Falsettos cast album➝. Or you can watch the live recording of the show➝.
Step 3: Pick an audition song
Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide which character you’d like to audition for. 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 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.
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.
“Change” – A New Brain
“How Did We Come to This?” – The Wild Party
“I’m Not Afraid of Anything” – Songs for a New World
“The Flagmaker, 1775” – Songs for a New World
“A Summer in Ohio” – The Last Five Years
“Climbing Uphill” – The Last Five Years
“Dancing All the Time” – Big
“See I’m Smiling” – The Last Five Years
“Counting Down to Christmas” – A Christmas Story
“Noah Down the Stairs” – Caroline, or Change
“Think Positive” – Willy Wonka
“When I Get My Name in Lights” – The Boy from Oz
“Hey, Kid” – If/Then
“If I Didn’t Believe in You” – The Last Five Years
“People Carry On” – The Story of My Life
“Shouldn’t I Be Less in Love With You?” – I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
“You Don’t Need to Love Me” – If/Then
“As Good As I Get” – Next Thing You Know
“Isn’t That Enough?” – Honeymoon in Vegas
“Need to Know” – Weird Romance
“The Phone Call” – Lucky Stiff
“Beautiful” – It Shoulda Been You
“Days and Days” – Fun Home
“Get Out and Stay Out” – 9 to 5
“I Never Wanted This” – It Shoulda Been You
“Just a Housewife” – Working
“Favorite Places” – Ordinary Days
“What Would You Do?” – If/Then
“Whatever” – It Shoulda Been You
“You Never Know” – If/Then
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Falsettos:
• “At the Table” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019
• “Aunt Dan and Lemon” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝
• “Bodies” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝
• “Postcards” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝
• “Ripen Our Darkness” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝
• “The Whiz” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝
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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Falsettos Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Falsettos 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.
“Four Jews in a Room Bitching” – Mendel, Jason, Marvin, Whizzer, Trina
“A Tight-Knit Family” – Marvin
“Love is Blind” – Mendel, Trina, Marvin, Jason, Whizzer
“The Thrill of First Love” – Marvin, Whizzer
“Marvin at the Psychiatrist” – Jason, Mendel, Whizzer, Marvin
“My Father’s a Homo” – Jason
“Everyone Tells Jason to See a Psychiatrist” – Jason, Marvin, Trina, Whizzer
“This Had Better Come to a Stop” – Marvin, Whizzer, Jason, Trina, Mendel
“I’m Breaking Down” – Trina
“Please Come to Our House / Jason’s Therapy” – Mendel, Trina, Whizzer, Marvin, Jason
“A Marriage Proposal” – Mendel, Trina, Jason
“Trina’s Song / March of the Falsettos” – Trina, Mendel, Marvin, Jason, Whizzer
“The Chess Game” – Marvin, Whizzer
“Making a Home” – Mendel, Jason, Trina, Whizzer
“The Games I Play” – Whizzer
“Marvin Hits Trina” – Marvin, Mendel, Jason, Trina, Whizzer
“I Never Wanted to Love You” – Marvin, Mendel, Jason, Trina, Whizzer
“Father to Son” – Marvin, Jason
“Falsettoland / About Time” – Company
“Year of the Child” – Jason, Trina, Marvin, Mendel, Cordelia, Charlotte
“Miracle of Judaism” – Jason
“The Baseball Game” – Company
“A Day in Falsettoland” – Company
“Everyone Hates His Parents” – Mendel, Jason, Marvin, Trina
“What More Can I Say” – Marvin
“Something Bad Is Happening“/More Racquetball” – Charlotte, Cordelia, Marvin, Whizzer
“Holding to the Ground” – Trina
“Days Like This” – Company
“Canceling the Bar Mitzvah” – Jason, Mendel, Trina
“Unlikely Lovers” – Marvin, Whizzer, Charlotte, Cordelia
“Another Miracle of Judaism” – Jason
“Something Bad is Happening (Reprise)” – Charlotte
“You Gotta Die Sometime” – Whizzer
“Jason’s Bar Mitzvah” – Company
“What Would I Do?” – Marvin, Whizzer
“Falsettoland (Reprise)” – Mendel
Which of these audition songs for Falsettos 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.
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Thank you so much for this incredibly valuable support for an auditioneer!
So happy that you’re finding it helpful! 🙂