The Best Audition Songs for In the Heights – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for In the Heights? 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 In the Heights, broken down by character.

Since In the Heights is a contemporary musical, most of the songs below are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, many of the following songs have either energetic, pop, or Latin vibes to them 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 “In the Heights 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 or libretto➝ while listening to the In the Heights 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.


Abuela Claudia

La Llorona” – Coco  [Disney/non-musical theatre]

Love and Love Alone” – The Visit

Only One” – Elegies: A Song Cycle


Benny

One Knight” – Wonderland

Run Away With Me” – The Mad Ones

When She Smiles” – Lysistrata Jones

You Don’t Need to Love Me” – If/Then


Camila Rosario

I’m Done” – Rocky

Island” – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Mi Tierra” – On Your Feet!


Carla

Mother’s Day” – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Once More I Can See” – Wonderland

See I’m Smiling” – The Last Five Years


Daniela

Invisible” – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Lovesick” – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

You Can’t Be Everything You Want” – Next Thing You Know


Kevin Rosario

Adrian” – Rocky

Endless Night” – The Lion King

Like Father, Like Son” – When Midnight Strikes


Nina Rosario

Manhattan Bridge” – Next Thing You Know

Remember This” – The Mad Ones

Say the Word” – The Mad Ones


Piragua Guy

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

Papi Hears the Ocean” – The Band’s Visit

Vivir Mi Vida” – Marc Anthony  [Latin pop/non-musical theatre]


Sonny de la Vega

One Jump Ahead” – Aladdin

Proud of Your Boy” – Aladdin

Whaddya Do?” – Tootsie


Usnavi de la Vega

Breeze Off the River” – The Full Monty

Delivery” – Working

Moving Too Fast” – The Last Five Years

Shiksa Goddess” – The Last Five Years


Vanessa

A Part of That” – The Last Five Years

Waiting for Life” – Once on This Island

We’re Not Done” – Bring It On


Ensemble (Altos)

Home Calls” – Next Thing You Know

Life With Harold” – The Full Monty

One Perfect Moment” – Bring It On


Ensemble (Baritones)

Favorite Places” – Ordinary Days

If I Didn’t Believe in You” – The Last Five Years

The Microphone” – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown


Ensemble (Basses)

Hold On” – Lysistrata Jones

Remember Me (Lullaby)” – Coco  [Disney/non-musical theatre]

What Would You Do?” – If/Then


Ensemble (Contras)

Lay Low” – Lysistrata Jones

Model Behavior” – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Time Stood Still” – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Burn” – Hamilton

Don’t Say Another Word” – Next Thing You Know

Still Hurting” – The Last Five Years


Ensemble (Tenors)

Born in Laredo” – Hands on a Hardbody

Enjoy the Trip” – Bring It On

You’re Welcome” – Moana/Moana JR.


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for In the Heights:

• “I Don’t Want to Be an Actress➝” from Snakebit  (Jenifer)

• “It’s Best➝” from Elsewhere➝

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

• “NYC 523” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “That’s All I Got➝” from Other Desert Cities  (Trip)


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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In the Heights Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in In the Heights, 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:

“In the Heights” – Usnavi, Company

Breathe” – Nina, Ensemble

“Benny’s Dispatch” – Benny, Nina

It Won’t Be Long Now” – Vanessa, Usnavi, Sonny

Inútil” – Kevin

“No Me Diga” – Daniela, Carla, Vanessa, Nina

“96,000” – Usnavi, Benny, Sonny, Pete, Vanessa, Abuela Claudia, Daniela, Carla, Ensemble

“Paciencia y Fe” – Abuela Claudia, Ensemble

“When You’re Home” – Nina, Benny, Ensemble

Piragua” – Piragua Guy

“The Club” – Usnavi, Vanessa, Nina, Benny, Ensemble

“Blackout” – Usnavi, Vanessa, Benny, Nina, Kevin, Sonny, Pete, Abuela Claudia, Carla, Ensemble


Act 2:

“Sunrise” – Company

“Hundreds of Stories” – Abuela Claudia, Usnavi

“Enough” – Camila, Nina, Kevin

“Carnaval del Barrio” – Daniela, Carla, Vanessa, Benny, Usnavi, Sonny, Piragua Guy, Ensemble

“Atención” – Kevin

“Alabanza” – Usnavi, Nina, Ensemble

Everything I Know” – Nina

“No Me Diga (Reprise)” – Carla, Nina, Vanessa, Daniela

“Piragua (Reprise)” – Piragua Guy

“Champagne” – Vanessa, Usnavi

“When the Sun Goes Down” – Nina, Benny

“Finale” – Company


Which of these audition songs for In the Heights 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 In The Heights.
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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