Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for Hadestown – by Character

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

Since Hadestown is a 2010s musical, the following songs are from between the 1990s – 2020s. There are also lots of jazz and folk selections below to match the musical’s style.


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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: Study the show

Before auditioning, you should get familiar with the show, and listening to the cast album is a great way to do that. Here’s where you can learn more about Hadestown.


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 (rather than a specific character), there’s always a chance of being cast in a leading or 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.


Hades

Don’t Be the Bunny” – Urinetown

Friends on the Other Side” – Princess and the Frog [2000s film/non-theatre]

The Devil You Know” – Side Show

Who’s the Man” – The Witches of Eastwick


Hermes

Down in New Orleans” – The Princess and the Frog [2000s film/non-theatre]

Eating Myself Up Alive” – A New Brain

Goin’ Back to New Orleans” – Dr. John [1990s/non-theatre]

Patriotic” – Rocky


Eurydice

Gravity” – Sara Bareilles [2000s/non-theatre]

Some Things Fall Away” – Alice by Heart

Whispering” – Spring Awakening

Winter Blooms” – Alice by Heart


Orpheus

If You’re Out There” – John Legend [2000s/non-theatre]

Run Away With Me” – The Mad Ones

Thin Air” – Amélie

Writing’s On the Wall” – Sam Smith [2010s/non-theatre]


Persephone

Charming” – The Great Comet

Dig a Little Deeper” – The Princess and the Frog [2000s film/non-theatre]

Isn’t It a Trial?” – Alice by Heart

Land of Yesterday” – Anastasia


Ensemble (Altos)

Hero” – Ghost Quartet

If The World Should End” – Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Say the Word” – The Mad Ones


Ensemble (Baritones)

Gold” – Once

Love Like That” – Passing Strange

Ma Belle Evangeline” – The Princess and the Frog [2000s film/non-theatre]


Ensemble (Basses)

She Runs Away” – Duncan Sheik [1990s/non-theatre]

Sleeping” – Once

The Great Comet of 1812” – The Great Comet


Ensemble (Contras)

Almost There” – The Princess and the Frog [2000s film/non-theatre]

Come Down Now” – Passing Strange

Latter Days” – Big Red Machine/Anaïs Mitchell [2020s/non-theatre]


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

No One Else” – The Great Comet

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

Remember This” – The Mad Ones


Ensemble (Tenors)

How Glory Goes” – Floyd Collins

The Tree on the Hill” – The Lightning Thief

You Are the Reason” – Calum Scott [2010s/non-theatre]


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Hadestown:

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

• “Moon Man Walk” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Mother Moon➝” from Fading Joy➝  (Joy)

• “Rooms” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “Thoughts” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝


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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Hadestown Song List

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


Act 1:

“Road to Hell” – Hermes, Orpheus, Company

“Any Way the Wind Blows” – Hermes, The Fates, Eurydice, Orpheus

“Come Home With Me” – Orpheus, Eurydice, Ensemble

“Wedding Song” – Eurydice, Orpheus, Ensemble

“Epic I” – Hermes, Orpheus

“Livin’ it Up on Top” – Hermes, Persephone, Orpheus, Ensemble

“All I’ve Ever Known” – Hermes, Eurydice, Orpheus

“Way Down Hadestown” – Hermes, Persephone, The Fates, Ensemble

“A Gathering Storm” – Hermes, Eurydice, Orpheus, The Fates

“Epic II” – Orpheus, Ensemble

“Chant” – Persephone, Hades, Eurydice, Orpheus, Hermes, The Fates, Ensemble

“Hey, Little Songbird” – Hades, Eurydice

“When the Chips are Down” – The Fates, Eurydice, Hermes, Hades

“Gone, I’m Gone” – Eurydice, The Fates

“Wait for Me” – Hermes, Orpheus, The Fates, Ensemble

“Why We Build the Wall” – Hades, Eurydice, Hermes, Persephone, Company


Act 2:

“Our Lady of the Underground” – Persephone, Company

“Way Down Hadestown (Reprise)” – Fates, Eurydice, Hermes, Ensemble

“Flowers” – Eurydice

“Come Home With Me (Reprise)” – Orpheus, Eurydice

“Papers” – Hades, Hermes, Orpheus, Eurydice, Persephone

“Nothing Changes” – The Fates

“If It’s True” – Orpheus, Hermes, Ensemble

“How Long?” – Persephone, Hades

“Chant (Reprise)” – Hermes, Hades, Orpheus, Persephone, Eurydice, Ensemble

“Epic III” – Orpheus, Hermes, Company

“Promises” – Eurydice, Orpheus

“Word to the Wise” – The Fates

“His Kiss, the Riot” – Hades

“Wait for Me (Reprise)” – Hermes, Orpheus, Eurydice, Persephone, Hades, The Fates, Ensemble

“Doubt Comes In” – The Fates, Orpheus, Eurydice, Ensemble

“Road to Hell (Reprise)” – Hermes, Company

“We Raise our Cups” – Persephone, Eurydice, Company


Which of these audition songs for Hadestown 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 Hadestown.
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.


 

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