The Best Audition Songs for Something Rotten! – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Something Rotten!? 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 Something Rotten!, by character.

Since Something Rotten! Is a contemporary musical, the songs below are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, many of the following are comedic or character pieces 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 “Something Rotten! 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 Something Rotten! cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.


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.


Beatrice “Bea” Bottom

Better” – Little Women

Live Out Loud” – A Little Princess

My Grand Plan” – The Lighting Thief

Notice Me, Horton” – Seussical The Musical


Nick Bottom

Look at the Sky” – Urinetown

Man” – The Full Monty

Santa Fe” – Newsies

We Can Do It” – The Producers


Nigel Bottom

A Christmas Song” – Elf

Her Voice” – The Little Mermaid

Just Like Him” – Elf

Purpose” – Avenue Q


Portia

I Love Play Rehearsal” – Be More Chill

My Friend, The Dictionary” – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Sing Your Own Song” – Dear Edwina

There’s a Fine, Fine Line” – Avenue Q


Thomas Nostradamus

A Day for the Cat in the Hat” – Seussical

Everything’s Golden” – Tuck Everlasting

How Lucky You Are” – Seussical

I Wanna Be a Producer” – The Producers


William Shakespeare

Jeff Sums It Up” – Tootsie

Unstoppable” – Tootsie

We Are the Champions” – Queen/We Will Rock You

Whaddya Do” – Tootsie


Ensemble (Altos)

Never Fall in Love (With an Elf)” – Elf

The Lady’s Improving” – The Prom

What’s Gonna Happen” – Tootsie


Ensemble (Baritones)

Man About Town” – Young Frankenstein

Michael’s Reprise” – Tootsie

That Face” – The Producers


Ensemble (Basses)

Coffee Shop Nights” – Curtains

Please Send Me Someone” – Young Frankenstein

The Brain” – Young Frankenstein


Ensemble (Contras)

It’s Not About Me” – The Prom

Thank God She’s Blind” – The Toxic Avenger

There Was John” – Tootsie


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

Please Don’t Touch Me” – Young Frankenstein

The History of Wrong Guys” – Kinky Boots

Watch What Happens” – Newsies


Ensemble (Sopranos)

It’s a Privilege to Pee” – Urinetown

Morning Person” – Shrek

No One Cared Like You” – Nunsense II


Ensemble (Tenors)

Don’t Let Me Go” – Shrek

Get Me What I Need” – 13

World’s Greatest Dad” – Elf


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Something Rotten!:

• “Actor!” in Audition Monologues for Young Men➝

• “I Intend to Be a Queen➝” from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown  (Lucy)

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

• “My Opinion” from Paul Pry➝  (Oldbutton)

• “Where Is He?➝” from The Father Clock➝  (Flub)


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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Something Rotten! Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Something Rotten!, 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:

“Welcome to the Renaissance” – Minstrel, Company

God, I Hate Shakespeare” – Nick, Nigel, Ensemble

Right Hand Man” – Bea, Nick, Nigel

“God, I Hate Shakespeare (Reprise)” – Nick

“A Musical” – Nostradamus, Nick, Ensemble

“The Black Death” – Ensemble

“I Love the Way” – Portia, Nigel

“Will Power” – Shakespeare, Ensemble

“Bottom’s Gonna Be on Top” – Nick, Company


Act 2:

“Welcome to the Renaissance (Reprise)” – Minstrel

Hard to Be the Bard” – Shakespeare, Ensemble

“It’s Eggs!” – Nick, Ensemble

“We See the Light” – Portia, Nigel, Brother Jeremiah, Nick, Ensemble

“To Thine Own Self” – Nigel, Nick, Shakespeare, Ensemble

“Right Hand Man (Reprise)” – Bea

“Something Rotten!” – Ensemble

“Make an Omelette” – Nick, Company

“To Thine Own Self (Reprise)” – Nick

“Finale” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Something Rotten 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 Something Rotten!.
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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