The Best Audition Songs for Fun Home – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Fun Home? 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 Fun Home, by character.

Since Fun Home is a contemporary musical, most of the following songs are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there are lots of pop/rock 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 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 “Fun Home 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 Fun Home 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.


Alison

After All of This and Everything” – Freaky Friday

Manhattan Bridge” – Next Thing You Know

Safer” – First Date

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


Bruce Bechdel

Adrian” – Rocky

Everything About You” – Groundhog Day

My Nose Ain’t Broken” – Rocky

She Thinks I’m Old” – Daddy Long Legs


Christian Bechdel

Counting Down to Christmas” – A Christmas Story

Noah Down the Stairs” – Caroline, or Change

Picture Show” – Bonnie & Clyde  [Young Clyde’s part]

There Is a Santa Claus” – Elf


Helen Bechdel

Get Out and Stay Out” – 9 to 5

I Miss the Mountains” – Next to Normal

So Anyway” – Next to Normal

What a Mother Does” – A Christmas Story


John Bechdel

A Letter From Charlie Bucket” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I Want You Back” – The Jackson 5  [non-musical theatre]

It’s Possible” – Seussical

Sparkle and Shine” – Nativity!


Medium Alison

Just Breathe” – The Prom

Parents Lie” – Freaky Friday

Superboy and the Invisible Girl” – Next to Normal

Unruly Heart” – The Prom


Small Alison

Everlasting” – Tuck Everlasting

Good Girl Winnie Foster” – Tuck Everlasting

One Pal” – Polka Dots: The Cool Kids Musical

Opportunity” – Annie  [2014 film]


Ensemble (Altos)

Gotta Get Out” – Ordinary Days

I Am Playing Me” – Title of Show

You Learn to Live Without” – If/Then


Ensemble (Baritones)

Favorite Places” – Ordinary Days

Goodbye” – I Love You Because

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


Ensemble (Basses)

Night Will Come” – Groundhog Day

This is Not An Exit” – American Psycho

Welcome to the World” – A Man of No Importance


Ensemble (Contras)

I Dreamed a Dance” – Next to Normal

Let Things Go” – Ordinary Days

Playing Nancy” – Groundhog Day


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

I’ve Been Thinking” – Honeymoon in Vegas

My Grand Plan” – The Lighting Thief

No More Fear” – Freaky Friday


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Tuesdays, Thursdays” – Far from Heaven

Two Men in My Life” – Big Fish

What Only Love Can See” – Chaplin


Ensemble (Tenors)

As Good As I Get” – Next Thing You Know

Isn’t That Enough?” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Whatever” – It Shoulda Been You


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Fun Home:

• “At the Table” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

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

• “Mom, Dad and a Bad Idea (#1)” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “The Fainting Couch” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “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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Fun Home Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Fun Home 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.


“It All Comes Back” – Small Alison, Bruce, Alison, Company

“Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue” – Helen, Alison, Small Alison, Christian, John, Bruce

“Not Too Bad” – Medium Alison

Come to the Fun Home” – John, Christian, Small Alison

“Helen’s Etude” – Alison, Bruce, Helen, Roy, Kids

“Party Dress” – Small Alison, Bruce, Medium Alison, Alison

Changing My Major” – Medium Alison

Maps” – Alison

“Raincoat of Love” – Bobby Jeremy, Ensemble

“Pony Girl” – Bruce

Ring of Keys” – Small Alison

Days and Days” – Helen

“Telephone Wire” – Alison, Bruce

“Edges of the World” – Bruce

“Flying Away (Finale)” – Alison, Medium Alison, Small Alison


Which of these audition songs for Fun Home 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 Fun Home.
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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