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. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Falsettos 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 or libretto➝ while listening to the Falsettos cast album➝. Or you can watch the live recording➝.


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.


Charlotte

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


Cordelia

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


Jason

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


Marvin

Hey, Kid” – If/Then

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

Shouldn’t I Be Less in Love With You?” – I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

What You’d Call a Dream” – Diamonds

You Don’t Need to Love Me” – If/Then


Mendel

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


Trina

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


Whizzer

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.


Act 1:

“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


Act 2:

“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.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for Falsettos.
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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