Audition Songs for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert? 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 Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, broken down by character.

Since Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a jukebox musical featuring songs from the 1960s-1980s, the following list contains both musical and non-musical theatre songs from or in the style of the 60s-80s as well. In addition, there are lots of pop and disco 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

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 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 while listening to the Priscilla, Queen of the Desert➝ 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.


Adam / Felicia

Making Love Out of Nothing At All” – Air Supply  [80s pop/non-theatre]

Without You” – Disaster!

We Gotta Get Out of this Place” – Beautiful


Benji

I’ll Be There” – The Jackson 5  [70s pop/non-theatre]

Never Can Say Goodbye” – The Jackson 5  [70s pop/non-theatre]

When I Get My Name in Lights” – The Boy from Oz


Bernadette

Forever” – Kenny Loggins  [80s pop/non-theatre]

Here I Am” – Air Supply  [80s pop/non-theatre]

Wig in a Box” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Bob

Look Over There” – La Cage aux Folles

Song on the Sand” – La Cage aux Folles

Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]


Miss Understanding

Don’t Wish Too Hard” – The Boy from Oz

Knowing Me, Knowing You” – Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia” – Mamma Mia!


Mitzi / Tick

I Am What I Am” – La Cage aux Folles

I Still Call Australia Home” – The Boy from Oz

Once Before I Go” – The Boy from Oz


Ensemble (Altos)

All Through the Night” – Cyndi Lauper  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

Last Dance” – Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

The Winner Takes It All” – Mamma Mia!


Ensemble (Baritones)

Midnight Radio” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – Elton John  [70s rock/non-musical theatre]

The Origin of Love” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Ensemble (Basses)

Nikita” – Elton John  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

Wicked Little Town” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Your Song” – Elton John  [70s rock/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Contras)

Fernando” – ABBA  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

Purple Rain” – Prince  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

Solitaire” – Laura Branigan  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Bad Girls” – Donna Summer  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

I’m Every Woman” – Chaka Khan  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

She Works Hard for the Money” – Donna Summer  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Tenors)

Lost in Love” – Air Supply  [80s pop/non-theatre]

Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word” – Elton John  [70s pop/non-theatre]

The Stranger” – Movin’ Out


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert:

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

• “Hear That Song?➝” from Ohio  (Cat)

• “It’s Never One Thing➝” from Shows for Days  (Irene)

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

• “Well, We Were Doing This➝” from A Chorus Line  (Paul)


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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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, 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.


Act 1:

“It’s Raining Men” – The Divas, Tick, Ensemble

“What’s Love Got to Do with It?” – Miss Understanding

“Don’t Leave Me This Way” – Bernadette, Tick, Company

“Material Girl” – Felicia, Ensemble

“Go West” – Bernadette, Tick, Adam, Company

“I Say a Little Prayer” – Tick, The Divas

“I Love the Nightlife” – Shirley, Bernadette, Mitzi, Felicia, Company

“True Colors” – Bernadette, Mitzi, Felicia

“Color My World” – Adam, Tick, Bernadette, Company

“I Will Survive” – Bernadette, Felicia, Mitzi, Jimmy, Company


Act 2:

“A Fine Romance” – Young Bernadette, Ensemble

“Shake Your Groove Thing” – Mitzi, Bernadette, Felicia, The Divas

“Pop Muzik” – Cynthia, Company

“A Fine Romance (Reprise)” – Bob

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – Adam, The Divas

“Hot Stuff” – Felicia, Bernadette, The Divas

“MacArthur Park” – Bernadette, Tick, The Divas

“Always on My Mind / I Say a Little Prayer” – Tick, Benji

“Like a Prayer” – Felicia, Company

“We Belong” – Felicia, Mitzi, Bernadette, Company

“Finale” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 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 Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
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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