Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for Nunsense – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Nunsense or Nunsense II? 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 Nunsense and Nunsense II, broken down by character.

Since Nunsense is a 1980s musical, the following songs are from shows between the 1970s – 1990s. There are also lots of comedic selections below to match the musical’s style.

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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.

Step 2: Study the show

Before auditioning, you should get familiar with the show, and listening to the cast album is a great way to do that. Here’s where you can learn more about Nunsense.

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.

Sister Mary Amnesia

A Little Bit of Good” – Chicago

Crossword Puzzle” – Starting Here, Starting Now

Doatsy Mae” – The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Times Like This” – Lucky Stiff

Sister Mary Hubert

Bless The Lord” – Godspell

Set Those Sails” – In Trousers

We Can Make It” – The Rink

You Can’t Get to Heaven” – The Life

Sister Mary Regina

Broadway Baby” – Follies

No Time At All” – Pippin

Nobody Does It Like Me” – Seesaw

Teaching Third Grade” – Ruthless!

Sister Mary Leo

Colored Lights” – The Rink

Dancing All the Time” – Big

Everybody Wants to Do a Musical” – Nick & Nora

What I Did for Love” – A Chorus Line

Sister Robert Anne

Funny” – My Favorite Year

Just One Step” – Songs for a New World

My Big Mistake” – The Will Rogers Follies

Think of Meryl Streep” – Fame

Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Nunsense or Nunsense II:

• “Agnes of God” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

• “All Kidding Aside” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

• “As Is” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

• “Green Pepper➝” from Cocktails at Pam’s  (Estelle)

• “Once a Catholic” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

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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Nunsense Song List

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

“Nunsense Is Habit-Forming” – Company

“A Difficult Transition” – Company

“Benedicite” – Mary Leo

“The Biggest Ain’t the Best” – Mary Hubert, Mary Leo

“Playing Second Fiddle” – Robert Anne

“So You Want To Be a Nun” – Mary Amnesia

Turn Up the Spotlight” – Mary Regina

“Lilacs Bring Back Memories” – Mary Regina, Mary Hubert, Mary Leo, Mary Amnesia

“Tackle That Temptation With a Time-Step” – Mary Hubert, Company

Act 2:

“Robert to The Rescue” – Robert Anne

“Growing Up Catholic” – Robert Anne, Mary Hubert, Mary Leo, Mary Amnesia

“We’ve Got To Clean Out the Freezer” – Company

“Just a Coupl’a Sisters” – Mary Regina, Mary Hubert

I Just Want To Be a Star” – Robert Anne

“The Drive-In” – Robert Anne, Mary Amnesia, Mary Leo

I Could’ve Gone to Nashville” – Mary Amnesia

“Holier Than Thou” – Mary Hubert, Company

“Nunsense Is Habit-Forming (Reprise)” – Company

Which audition songs for Nunsense or Nunsense II 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 Nunsense
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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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