The Best Audition Songs for First Date – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for First Date? 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 First Date, broken down by character.

Since First Date is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary shows as well. In addition there are lots of themes related to love and dating 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 “First Date 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 listen to the First Date cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.


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.


Aaron

As Good As I Get” – Next Thing You Know

Isn’t That Enough?” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Whatever” – It Shoulda Been You

You Never Know” – If/Then


Casey

Always Starting Over” – If/Then

Even Though” – I Love You Because

Losing Track of Time” – Summer of ’42

You Can’t Be Everything You Want” – Next Thing You Know


Ensemble (Altos)

Don’t Wanna Be Here” – Ordinary Days

Just Not Now” – I Love You Because

Manhattan Bridge” – Next Thing You Know


Ensemble (Baritones)

Favorite Places” – Ordinary Days

Goodbye” – I Love You Because

Morning After Omelet” – Next Thing You Know


Ensemble (Basses)

1876” – The Story of My Life

I Like It Here” – The Story of My Life

Something About Her” – Pretty Woman


Ensemble (Contras)

Calm” – Ordinary Days

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

Let Things Go” – Ordinary Days


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

I Can’t Go Back” – Pretty Woman

On and On and On” – We Aren’t Kids Anymore

Remember This” – The Mad Ones


Ensemble (Tenors)

A Jerk Like Me” – When Midnight Strikes

And I Breathe” – Next Thing You Know

Run Away With Me” – The Mad Ones


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for First Date:

• “Bridge Partners” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

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

• “It’s Best➝” from Elsewhere➝

• “Right Place, Right Time #2” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Speechless” in Audition Arsenal for Men 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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First Date Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in First Date, 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.


“The One” – Company

“First Impressions” – Aaron, Casey

Bailout Song #1” – Reggie

“The Girl For You” – Company

“The Awkward Pause” – Company

Allison’s Theme #1” – Allison

“That’s Why You Love Me” – Ensemble

“Bailout Song #2” – Reggie

Safer” – Casey

I’d Order Love” – Waiter

“Allison’s Theme #2” – Aaron, Allison, Gabe

“The Things I Never Said” – Aaron, Aaron’s Mother

“Bailout Song #3” – Reggie

In Love With You” – Aaron

“The Check!” – Company

“Something That Will Last” – Casey, Aaron, Company


Which of these audition songs for First Date 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 First Date.
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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