The Best Audition Songs for Head Over Heels – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Head Over Heels? 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 Head Over Heels, broken down by character.

Since Head Over Heels is a jukebox pop/rock musical, the songs below are pop/rock songs as well (both musical theatre and non-musical theatre). In addition, there are lots of 80s 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 pop/rock hit from the 80s/90s, 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 “Head Over Heels 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 Head Over Heels 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.


Basilius

Alas for You” – Godspell

Home Sweet Home” – Mötley Crüe [80s rock/non-musical theatre]

Start Me Up” – The Rolling Stones [80s rock/non-musical theatre]

Waiting for a Girl Like You” – Foreigner [80s rock/non-musical theatre]


Gynecia

Greatest Love of All” – Whitney Houston  [80s pop/non-theatre]

One Moment in Time” – The Bodyguard

One Night With You” – All Shook Up

Saving All My Love for You” – The Bodyguard


Mopsa

Eternal Flame” – The Bangles  [80s soft rock/non-musical theatre]

I Can’t Go Back” – Pretty Woman

Shadows of the Night” – Pat Benatar [80s rock/non-musical theatre]

The Way of Love” – The Cher Show


Philoclea

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

Love Will Lead You Back” – Taylor Dayne  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

Superboy and the Invisible Girl” – Next to Normal

Why Not Me?” – Carrie


Musidorus

All Out of Love” – Air Supply  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

Dreamer in Disguise” – Carrie

Lost in Love” – Air Supply  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

Something About Her” – Pretty Woman


Pamela

A Note From Linda” – The Wedding Singer

Heart of Glass” – Blondie [70s pop rock/non-musical theatre]

Listen to Your Heart” – Roxette  [80s pop rock/non-musical theatre]

What About Love?” – Heart [80s rock/non-musical theatre]


Pythio

Lovesong” – The Cure [80s rock/non-musical theatre]

Ramades’ Letter” – Aida

We’re Not Gonna Take It” – The Who’s Tommy

Wicked Little Town” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Ensemble (Altos)

Kiss Me Deadly” – Lita Ford [80s rock/non-musical theatre]

Nobody’s Side” – Chess

Separate Ways” – Journey [80s rock/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Basses/Baritones)

Anthem” – Chess

Midnight Radio” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Where I Want to Be” – Chess


Ensemble (Contras)

Angelo” – Brotherhood of Man  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

Ring, Ring” – ABBA  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

Wig in a Box” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

All At Once” – The Bodyguard

Love is a Battlefield” – Pat Benatar [80s rock/non-musical theatre]

Smash the Mirror” – The Who’s Tommy


Ensemble (Tenors)

Come Sail Away” – Styx  [70s rock/non-musical theatre]

Making Love Out of Nothing At All” – Air Supply  [80s rock/non-musical theatre]

Pity the Child” – Chess


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Head Over Heels:

• “A Girl’s Guide to Chaos” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

• “Hear That Song?➝” from Ohio  (Cat)

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

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

• “Wormhole➝” from Ohio  (Zach)


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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Head Over Heels Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Head Over Heels, 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:

“We Got the Beat” – Company

“Beautiful” – Pamela, Ensemble

“Vision of Nowness” – Pythio, Ensemble

“Get Up and Go” – Basilius, Company

“Mad About You” – Musidorus, Ensemble

“Good Girl” – Philoclea, Mopsa, Pamela

“Automatic Rainy Day” – Pamela, Mopsa

“Vacation” – Mopsa, Ensemble

“How Much More” – Pamela

“Our Lips Are Sealed”  – Musidorus, Philoclea, Pamela, Mopsa, Pythio, Ensemble


Act 2:

“Head Over Heels” – Musidorus, Philoclea, Mopsa, Pamela, Company

“This Old Feeling – Gynecia, Basilius

“Turn to You” – Mopsa, Pamela, Ensemble

“Heaven Is a Place on Earth” – Pythio, Gynecia, Basilius, Ensemble

“Here You Are – Philoclea, Company

“Finale” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Head Over Heels 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 Head Over Heels.
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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