The Best Audition Songs for Jesus Christ Superstar – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Jesus Christ Superstar? 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 Jesus Christ Superstar, broken down by character.

Since Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970s musical, the songs below are from the 1960s-1980s. In addition, there is a classic/folk rock vibe to many of the following songs 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 “Jesus Christ Superstar 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 Jesus Christ Superstar cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis. Or you can watch the live recording➝.


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.


Caiaphas

Alone” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Bachelor’s Dance” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Funeral Tango” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

The Bulls” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris


Jesus Christ

Alas for You” – Godspell

Beautiful City” – Godspell

Save the People” – Godspell

Where Do I Go?” – Hair


Judas Iscariot

Dream On” – Aerosmith  [70s rock/non-musical theatre]

I’m Free” – The Who’s Tommy

Sensation” – The Who’s Tommy

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


King Herod

And the Money Kept Rolling In” – Evita  [use natural accent]

Any Dream Will Do” – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Mr. Mistoffelees” – Cats

Planet Schmanet Janet” – The Rocky Horror Show


Mary Magdalene

Easy to be Hard” – Hair

Happy Birthday” – I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking it on the Road

I Guess I’ll Miss the Man” – Pippin

I Loved” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris


Pontius Pilate

Close Every Door” – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

If I Have to Live Alone” – The Baker’s Wife

I’m Going Home” – The Rocky Horror Show

She Is a Diamond” – Evita


Simon Zealotes

Amsterdam” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Going Down” – Hair

Manchester, England” – Hair

Rolling Stock” – Starlight Express


Ensemble (Altos)

By My Side” – Godspell

Lonely Lady” – I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking it on the Road

What a Nice Idea” – Two Gentlemen of Verona


Ensemble (Baritones)

I Got Life” – Hair

Shoes Upon the Table” – Blood Brothers

The Man Who Sold the World” – David Bowie  [70s rock/non-theatre]


Ensemble (Basses)

Jackie” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Mathilde” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

The Old Laughing Lady” – Neil Young  [60s rock/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Contras)

Millwork” – Working

We Beseech Thee” – Godspell

White Rabbit” – Jefferson Airplane  [60s rock/non-musical theatre]


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

Old Folks” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Timid Frieda” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

What Makes Me Love Him?” – The Apple Tree


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Desperate Ones” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

My Death” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Sons of” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris


Ensemble (Tenors)

All Good Gifts” – Godspell

Morning Glow” – Pippin

She’s a Rainbow” – The Rolling Stones  [60s rock/non-musical theatre]


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Jesus Christ Superstar:

• “I Just Wanted to Say➝” from Footloose  (Ren)

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

• “She Has No Discrimination➝” in Extracts from Adam’s Diary➝

• “This New Creature” in Extracts from Adam’s Diary➝

• “When I Look Back” in Eve’s Diary


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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Jesus Christ Superstar Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Jesus Christ Superstar, 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:

Heaven on Their Minds” – Judas

“What’s the Buzz? / Strange Thing Mystifying” – Jesus, Mary, Judas, Ensemble

“Everything’s Alright” – Mary, Judas, Jesus, Ensemble

“This Jesus Must Die” – Caiaphas, Annas, Ensemble

“Hosanna” – Caiaphas, Jesus, Ensemble

“Simon Zealotes / Poor Jerusalem” – Simon, Jesus, Ensemble

Pilate’s Dream” – Pilate

“The Temple” – Jesus, Ensemble

“Everything’s Alright (Reprise)” – Mary, Jesus

I Don’t Know How to Love Him” – Mary

“Damned For All Time / Blood Money” – Judas, Annas, Caiaphas, Ensemble


Act 2:

“The Last Supper” – Jesus, Judas, Ensemble

Gethsemane” – Jesus

“The Arrest” – Judas, Jesus, Peter, Apostles, Annas, Caiaphas, Ensemble

“Peter’s Denial” – Peter, Mary, Ensemble

“Pilate and Christ” – Pilate, Annas, Jesus, Ensemble

King Herod’s Song” – Herod

“Judas’s Death” – Judas, Annas, Caiaphas, Ensemble

“Trial Before Pilate” – Pilate, Caiaphas, Jesus, Ensemble

“Superstar” – Judas, Ensemble

“The Crucifixion” – Jesus


Which of these audition songs for Jesus Christ Superstar 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 Jesus Christ Superstar.
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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