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.
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.
“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
“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
“Don’t Wanna Be Here” – Ordinary Days
“Just Not Now” – I Love You Because
“Manhattan Bridge” – Next Thing You Know
“Favorite Places” – Ordinary Days
“Goodbye” – I Love You Because
“Morning After Omelet” – Next Thing You Know
“1876” – The Story of My Life
“I Like It Here” – The Story of My Life
“Something About Her” – Pretty Woman
“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!
“I Can’t Go Back” – Pretty Woman
“On and On and On” – We Aren’t Kids Anymore
“Remember This” – The Mad Ones
“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➝
• “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.
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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.