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 contemporary musical, there are lots of songs from contemporary shows below. In addition there are lots of jazz, rock, pop, and folk vibes from various non-musical time periods mixed in 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 “Hadestown 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 while listening to the Hadestown cast album➝.


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.


Hades

Don’t Be the Bunny” – Urinetown

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

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

I Walked on Gilded Splinters” – Dr. John  [non-theatre]

I Wan’na Be Like You” – The Jungle Book  [film/non-theatre]


Eurydice

Gravity” – Sara Bareilles  [pop/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  [R&B/non-theatre]

Run Away With Me” – The Mad Ones

Thin Air” – Amélie

Writing’s On the Wall” – Sam Smith  [R&B/pop/non-musical theatre]


Persephone

Charming” – The Great Comet

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

Isn’t It a Trial?” – Alice By Heart

Land of Yesterday” – Anastasia


Ensemble (Altos)

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

Come Down Now” – Passing Strange

Latter Days” – Big Red Machine/Anaïs Mitchell  [Indie-pop/non-theatre]


Ensemble (Baritones)

Chillin’ the Regrets” – Alice by Heart

Love Like That” – Passing Strange

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


Ensemble (Basses)

She Runs Away” – Duncan Sheik  [pop-rock/non-theatre]

Sleeping” – Once

The Great Comet of 1812” – The Great Comet


Ensemble (Contras)

Shelter” – John Legend  [pop/R&B/non-theatre]

The Hill” – Once

There’s a World” – Next to Normal


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Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Don’t Watch Me Cry” – Jorja Smith

No One Else” – The Great Comet

Sonya Alone” – The Great Comet


Ensemble (Tenors)

How Glory Goes” – Floyd Collins

Lost Boy” – Darling

You are the Reason” – Calum Scott  [pop/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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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