The Best Audition Songs for Spring Awakening – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Spring Awakening? 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 Spring Awakening, broken down by character.

Since Spring Awakening is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there are lots of dark, youthful, and pop/rock 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 pop/rock song, 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 “Spring Awakening 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 or libretto➝ while listening to the Spring Awakening 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.


Hänschen Rilow

He’s Not Here” – Next to Normal

Role of a Lifetime” – Bare

Run Away” – Ben Platt  [pop/non-musical theatre]

Words Fail” – Dear Evan Hansen


Ilse Neumann

If The World Should End” – Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

If You Want Me” – Once

Some Things Fall Away” – Alice by Heart

Winter Song” – Sara Bareilles  [pop/non-musical theatre]


Martha Bessell

All Grown Up” – Bare

I Say No” – Heathers

I’m Done” – Rocky

Winter Blooms” – Alice by Heart


Melchior Gabor

Dreamer in Disguise” – Carrie

Freeze Your Brain” – Heathers

In Case You Don’t Live for Forever” – Ben Platt  [pop/non-musical theatre]

Wicked Little Town” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Moritz Stiefel

I’m Alive” – Next to Normal

I’m Not That Guy” – Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Second Nature” – Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

She Runs Away” – Duncan Sheik  [pop/rock/non-musical theatre]


Wendla Bergmann

A Girl Before” – American Psycho

A Quiet Night At Home” – Bare

Portrait of a Girl” – Bare

Run to You” – Lea Michele  [pop/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Altos)

Bluebird” – Sara Bareilles  [pop/non-musical theatre]

Lifeboat” – Heathers

The Girl Who Drove Away” – The Mad Ones


Ensemble (Baritones)

Aftershocks” – Next to Normal

My Manhattan” – Daddy Long Legs

Serena” – Duncan Sheik  [pop/rock/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Basses)

Night Will Come” – Groundhog Day

The Other Side” – David Gray  [pop/rock/non-musical theatre]

This is Not An Exit” – American Psycho


Ensemble (Contras)

Boy Falls From The Sky” – Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Come Back” – Dogfight

It Means Beautiful” – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Nothing Stops Another Day” – Ghost

Remember Me” – Little Fish

Superboy and the Invisible Girl” – Next to Normal


Ensemble (Tenors)

Lost Boy” – Darling

Run Away With Me” – The Mad Ones

There’s a World” – Next to Normal


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Spring Awakening:

• “Bernhardt/Hamlet (#1)” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Blue Stockings” in Contemporary Monologues for Teenagers: Female➝

• “I Can’t Trust Anything➝” from Watson Intelligence  (Eliza)

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

• “Rooms” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝


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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Spring Awakening Song List

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

Mama Who Bore Me” – Wendla

“Mama Who Bore Me (Reprise)” – Ensemble

All That’s Known” – Melchior, Ensemble

“The B*tch of Living” – Moritz, Ensemble

“My Junk” – Ensemble

“Touch Me” – Ensemble

“The Word of Your Body” – Wendla, Melchior

“The Dark I Know Well” – Martha, Ilse

“And Then There Were None” – Frau Gabor, Moritz, Ensemble

The Mirror-Blue Night” – Melchior, Ensemble

“I Believe” – Ensemble


Act 2:

Don’t Do Sadness” / “Blue Wind” – Moritz, Ilse

“The Guilty Ones” – Wendla, Melchior, Ensemble

Left Behind” – Melchior, Ensemble

“Totally F***ed” – Melchior, Ensemble

“The Word of Your Body (Reprise)” – Hänschen, Ernst, Ensemble

Whispering” – Wendla

“Those You’ve Known” – Moritz, Wendla, Melchior

“The Song of Purple Summer” – Ilse, Company


Which of these audition songs for Spring Awakening 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.

*Featured image is by Otterbein University Theatre & Dance.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for Spring Awakening.
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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