Musical-Specific Audition Songs

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 features 1960s – 1990s music, the songs below are from those same eras. There are also pop and disco songs included to match the show’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 Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.


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 (rather than a specific character), there’s always a chance of being cast in a leading or 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 [1980s/non-theatre]

Without You” – Disaster!

We Gotta Get Out of this Place” – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical


Benji

I’ll Be There” – The Jackson 5 [1970s/non-theatre]

Never Can Say Goodbye” – The Jackson 5 [1970s/non-theatre]

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


Bernadette

Forever” – Kenny Loggins [1980s/non-theatre]

Here I Am” – Air Supply [1980s/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 [1970s/non-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 [1980s/non-theatre]

Last Dance” – Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

The Way of Love” – The Cher Show


Ensemble (Baritones)

Midnight Radio” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – Elton John [1970s/non-theatre]

The Origin of Love” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Ensemble (Basses)

Nikita” – Elton John [1980s/non-theatre]

Wicked Little Town” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Your Song” – Elton John [1970s/non-theatre]


Ensemble (Contras)

Fernando” – ABBA [1970s/non-theatre]

Solitaire” – Laura Branigan [1980s/non-theatre]

The Winner Takes It All” – Mamma Mia!


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Bad Girls” – Donna Summer [1970s/non-theatre]

I’m Every Woman” – Chaka Khan [1970s/non-theatre]

She Works Hard for the Money” – Donna Summer [1970s/non-theatre]


Ensemble (Tenors)

Lost in Love” – Air Supply [1980s/non-theatre]

The Stranger” – Movin’ Out

We All Fall in Love Sometimes” – Elton John [1970s/non-theatre]


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” – 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, Ensemble

“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, Ensemble

“Pop Muzik” – Cynthia, Company

“A Fine Romance (Reprise)” – Bob

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – Adam, Ensemble

“Hot Stuff” – Felicia, Bernadette, Ensemble

“MacArthur Park” – Bernadette, Tick, Ensemble

“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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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