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.
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.
“Alas for You” – Godspell
“Home Sweet Home” – Mötley Crüe [1980s/non-theatre]
“Start Me Up” – The Rolling Stones [1980s/non-theatre]
“Waiting for a Girl Like You” – Foreigner [1980s/non-theatre]
“Greatest Love of All” – Whitney Houston [1980s/non-theatre]
“One Moment in Time” – The Bodyguard
“One Night With You” – All Shook Up
“Saving All My Love for You” – The Bodyguard
“Eternal Flame” – The Bangles [1980s/non-theatre]
“I Can’t Go Back” – Pretty Woman
“Shadows of the Night” – Pat Benatar [1980s/non-theatre]
“The Way of Love” – The Cher Show
“If The World Should End” – Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
“Love Will Lead You Back” – Taylor Dayne [1980s/non-theatre]
“Superboy and the Invisible Girl” – Next to Normal
“Why Not Me?” – Carrie
“All Out of Love” – Air Supply [1980s/non-theatre]
“Dreamer in Disguise” – Carrie
“Lost in Love” – Air Supply [1980s/non-theatre]
“Something About Her” – Pretty Woman
“A Note From Linda” – The Wedding Singer
“Heart of Glass” – Blondie [1970s/non-theatre]
“Listen to Your Heart” – Roxette [1980s/non-theatre]
“What About Love?” – Heart [1980s/non-theatre]
“Lovesong” – The Cure [1980s/non-theatre]
“Ramades’ Letter” – Aida
“We’re Not Gonna Take It” – The Who’s Tommy
“Wicked Little Town” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch
“Kiss Me Deadly” – Lita Ford [1980s/non-theatre]
“Nobody’s Side” – Chess
“Separate Ways” – Journey [1980s/non-theatre]
“Anthem” – Chess
“Midnight Radio” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch
“Where I Want to Be” – Chess
“Angelo” – Brotherhood of Man [1970s/non-theatre]
“Ring, Ring” – ABBA [1970s/non-theatre]
“Wig in a Box” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch
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“All At Once” – The Bodyguard
“Love is a Battlefield” – Pat Benatar [1980s/non-theatre]
“Smash the Mirror” – The Who’s Tommy
“Come Sail Away” – Styx [1970s/non-theatre]
“Making Love Out of Nothing At All” – Air Supply [1980s/non-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.
“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
“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.
Need extra help? Just go through this free audition prep checklist!
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.