The Best Audition Songs for Hands on a Hardbody – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Hands on a Hardbody? 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 Hands on a Hardbody, by character.

Since Hands on a Hardbody is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from musicals between 1990-2020. In addition, there are lots of country and pop 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 “Hands on a Hardbody 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 Hands on a Hardbody 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.


Benny Perkins

Heartbreaker” – Bright Star

It All Fades Away” – The Bridges of Madison County

That’s What I Could Do” – Violet


Chris Alvaro

Build a Wall” – Shrek

Virginia” – The Civil War

Wondering” – The Bridges of Madison County


Greg Wilhote

Be the Hero” – Big Fish

How It Ends” – Big Fish

Disappear” – The Burnt Part Boys


Heather Stovall

Backwoods Barbie” – 9 to 5

Change It” – 9 to 5

Oklahoma?” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


Janis Curtis

Every Day of the Week is a Saturday” – Nunsense Jamboree

I Could’ve Gone to Nashville” – Nunsense

Play a Country Enut” – Nunsense Jamboree


JD Drew

Look Around” – The Will Rogers Follies

Never Met a Man I Didn’t Like” – The Will Rogers Follies

Something From a Dream” – The Bridges of Madison County


Jesus Pena

Go With the Flow” – Wonderland

Madrid is My Mama” – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Time” – Tuck Everlasting


Kelli Mangrum

Asheville” – Bright Star

Before It’s Over” – Dogfight

If You Knew My Story” – Bright Star


Mike Ferris

Bright Star” – Bright Star

Music of My Soul” – Memphis

Radio” – Memphis


Norma Valverde

Are You a Believer?” – Ghost

Someday” – Memphis

You Can’t Get to Heaven” – The Life


Ronald McCowan

Don’t Let Me Go” – Shrek

I Could Be That Guy” – Sister Act

She’s My Sister” – Memphis


Virginia Drew

Another Life” – The Bridges of Madison County

Everything Changes” – Waitress

Lay Down Your Head” – Violet


Ensemble (Altos)

At Long Last” – Bright Star

It’s a Woman’s World” – The Full Monty

That’s What You Call a Dream” – Bonnie & Clyde


Ensemble (Baritones)

Fight the Dragons” – Big Fish

Here for You” – 9 to 5

Tell My Father” – The Civil War


Ensemble (Basses)

I’ll Never Pass This Way Again” – The Civil War

Sleeping” – Once

Temporarily Lost” – The Bridges of Madison County


Ensemble (Contras)

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

Mr. Hopalong Heartbreak” – Urban Cowboy

When I Go” – We Aren’t Kids Anymore


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

How Bout a Dance?” – Bonnie & Clyde

On My Way” – Violet

Way Back in the Day” – Bright Star


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Ain’t Nothin’ But a Kiss” – Memphis

Another Round” – Bright Star

Two Men in My Life” – Big Fish


Ensemble (Tenors)

Big Love” – Memphis

Breeze Off the River” – The Full Monty

Last Time I Came to Memphis” – Violet


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Hands on a Hardbody:

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

• “Jugger’s Rain #1” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “Jugger’s Rain #2” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “Lone Star Grace” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “Skid Marks” 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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Hands on a Hardbody Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Hands on a Hardbody 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.


Act 1:

“Human Drama Kind of Thing” – Benny, Contestants

“If I Had This Truck” – Company

“If She Don’t Sleep” – Don, Janis

My Problem Right There” – Ronald, Ensemble

“Alone With Me” – Virginia, JD

“Burn That Bridge” – Heather, Mike, Ensemble

“I’m Gone” – Kelli, Greg

“Joy of the Lord” – Norma, Ensemble

Stronger” – Chris, Ensemble

“Hunt with the Big Dogs” – Benny, Company


Act 2:

“Hands on a Hardbody” – Mike, Frank

Born in Laredo” – Jesus

“Alone With Me (Reprise)” – JD

“It’s a Fix” – Janis, Don

“Used to Be” – JD, Norma, Benny

“It’s a Fix (Reprise)” – Heather

God Answered My Prayers” – Benny

“Joy of the Lord (Reprise)” – Ronald, Chris

“Keep Your Hands on It” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Hands on a Hardbody 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 Hands on a Hardbody.
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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