The Best Audition Songs for Next to Normal – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Next to Normal? 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 Next to Normal, by character.

Since Next to Normal is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there are lots of pop/rock 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 uptempo, 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 “Next to Normal 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 Next to Normal cast album➝.


Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide which character you’d like to audition for. 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 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.

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.


Dan

Hey, Kid” – If/Then

What Would You Do?” – If/Then

You Don’t Need to Love Me” – If/Then

You Never Know” – If/Then

Whatever” – It Shoulda Been You


Diana

I Don’t Need a Roof” – Big Fish

I’ll Be Here” – Ordinary Days

See I’m Smiling” – The Last Five Years

So Big / So Small” – Dear Evan Hansen

Two Men in My Life” – Big Fish


Dr. Madden

A Jerk Like Me” – When Midnight Strikes

Like Father, Like Son” – When Midnight Strikes

Michael’s Reprise” – Tootsie

Morning After Omelet” – Next Thing You Know

Nobody Needs to Know” – The Last Five Years


Gabe

All That’s Known” – Spring Awakening

For Forever” – Dear Evan Hansen

Left Behind” – Spring Awakening

Lost Boy” – Darling

Role of a Lifetime” – Bare


Henry

Freeze Your Brain” – Heathers

It Just Wasn’t Meant to Happen” – Calvin Berger

Run Away With Me” – The Mad Ones

When She Smiles” – Lysistrata Jones

Words Fail” – Dear Evan Hansen


Natalie

A Quiet Night At Home” – Bare

Fight For Me” – Heathers

Parents Lie” – Freaky Friday

Requiem” – Dear Evan Hansen

Safer” – First Date


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Next to Normal:

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

• “Fun House Mirror” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “Mom, Dad and a Bad Idea (#1)” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “The Fainting Couch” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “The Whiz” 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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Next to Normal Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Next to Normal, 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:

“Just Another Day” – Diana, Natalie, Gabe, Dan

Everything Else” – Natalie

“Who’s Crazy / My Psychopharmacologist and I” – Dan, Dr. Madden, Diana

“Perfect For You” – Henry, Natalie

I Miss the Mountains” – Diana

“It’s Gonna Be Good” – Dan, Natalie, Henry, Diana

He’s Not Here” – Dan

You Don’t Know” – Diana

“I Am the One” – Dan, Gabe, Diana

Superboy and the Invisible Girl” – Natalie, Diana, Gabe

I’m Alive” – Gabe

“Make Up Your Mind / Catch Me I’m Falling” – Dr. Madden, Diana, Dan, Natalie, Gabe, Henry

I Dreamed a Dance” – Diana, Gabe

There’s a World” – Gabe

“I’ve Been” – Dan, Gabe

Didn’t I See This Movie?” – Diana

A Light in the Dark” – Dan, Diana


Act 2:

“Wish I Were Here” – Diana, Gabe, Natalie

“Song of Forgetting” – Dan, Diana, Natalie

“Hey #1” – Henry, Natalie

“Seconds and Years” – Dr. Madden, Dan, Diana

“Better Than Before” – Dr. Madden, Dan, Natalie, Diana

Aftershocks” – Gabe

“Hey #2” – Henry, Natalie

“You Don’t Know (Reprise)” – Diana, Dr. Madden

“How Could I Ever Forget?” – Diana, Dan

“It’s Gonna Be Good (Reprise)” – Dan, Diana

“Why Stay? / A Promise” – Diana, Natalie, Dan, Henry

“I’m Alive (Reprise)” – Gabe

The Break” – Diana

“Make Up Your Mind / Catch Me I’m Falling (Reprise)” – Dr. Madden, Diana, Gabe

“Maybe (Next to Normal)” – Diana, Natalie

“Hey #3 / Perfect For You (Reprise)” – Henry, Natalie

So Anyway” – Diana

“I Am the One (Reprise)” – Dan, Gabe

“Light” – Diana, Dan, Natalie, Gabe, Henry, Dr. Madden


Which of these audition songs for Next to Normal 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 Next to Normal.
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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