Do you have an upcoming audition for Songs for a New World? 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 Songs for a New World, broken down by vocal type.
Songs for a New World was first performed in the mid-1990s. Because of that, most of the songs below are also from the 1990s-early 2010s. In addition, in case your audition calls for it, all of the Jason Robert Brown songs have been marked with (JRB) for your convenience.
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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:
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 Songs for a New World cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.
Step 3: Pick an audition song
Next, based on your personality and vocal type, choose a suitable song from the list below!
“Anywhere But Here” – Honeymoon in Vegas (JRB)
“Before It’s Over” – Dogfight
“Home Calls” – Next Thing You Know
“See I’m Smiling” – The Last Five Years (JRB)
“If I Didn’t Believe in You” – The Last Five Years (JRB)
“Morning After Omelet” – Next Thing You Know
“Shouldn’t I Be Less in Love With You?” – I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
“The World Inside a Frame” – The Bridges of Madison County (JRB)
“Everything About You” – Groundhog Day
“Love Who You Love” – A Man of No Importance
“Temporarily Lost” – The Bridges of Madison County (JRB)
“Welcome to the World” – A Man of No Importance
“Come Back” – Dogfight
“No Turning Back Now” – Circles
“That’s Enough for Me” – Romance in Hard Times
“The Music Still Plays On” – A New Brain
Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!
“Do It Alone” – Parade (JRB)
“Even Though” – I Love You Because
“I Can Do Better Than That” – The Last Five Years (JRB)
“Still Hurting” – The Last Five Years (JRB)
“I’m Leaving You” – The Life
“I’ve Been Thinking” – Honeymoon in Vegas (JRB)
“To Build a Home” – The Bridges of Madison County (JRB)
“Tuesdays, Thursdays” – Far from Heaven
“And I Breathe” – Next Thing You Know
“Isn’t That Enough?” – Honeymoon in Vegas (JRB)
“Nobody Needs to Know” – The Last Five Years (JRB)
“Write What You Know” – The Story of My Life
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Songs for a New World:
• “At the Table” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “Church & State” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “Johnny Talks Kids➝” from Frankie and Johnny… (Johnny)
• “Mom, Dad and a Bad Idea (#1)” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “Moon Man Walk” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
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!
Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!
Songs for a New World Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Songs for a New World. 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 general 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.
“Opening: The New World”
“On the Deck of a Spanish Sailing Ship”
“The River Won’t Flow”
“The Steam Train”
“The World Was Dancing”
“I’d Give It All for You”
“Hear My Song”
Which of these audition songs for Songs for a New World did you choose?
And how did your audition go? 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.
Need extra help? Just go through this free audition prep checklist!
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.