The Best Audition Songs for Sunset Boulevard – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Sunset Boulevard? 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 Sunset Boulevard, broken down by character.

Since Sunset Boulevard is a musical from the early 1990s, the songs below are from musicals between the 1980s – 2000s as well. In addition, there are lots of epic and dramatic 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

The “Sunset Boulevard 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 Sunset Boulevard 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.


Betty Schaefer

In My Life” – Les Misérables

Jazz Time” – Marguerite

Learn to Be Lonely” – A Doll’s Life

Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” – Phantom of the Opera


Joe Gillis

Day After That” – Kiss of the Spider Woman

I’m Martin Guerre” – Martin Guerre

Into the Fire” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

Reflection” – A Tale of Two Cities


Max von Mayerling

Funny” – City of Angels

I Can’t Recall” – A Tale of Two Cities

Live With Somebody You Love” – Martin Guerre

The Longer I Live” – Dracula


Norma Desmond

Nothing Like You’ve Ever Known” – Tell Me on a Sunday

Tell Me on a Sunday” – Song and Dance

The Last Man in My Life” – Tell Me on a Sunday

Unexpected Song” – Song and Dance


Ensemble (Altos)

Another Winter in a Summer Town” – Grey Gardens

Someone Like You” – Jekyll & Hyde

The Face I See” – Marguerite


Ensemble (Baritones)

Evermore Without You” – The Woman in White

No One Has Ever Loved Me” – Passion

Unsettled Scores” – Whistle Down the Wind


Ensemble (Basses)

I Waltz Alone” – Grand Hotel

Is This What You Call Love?” – Passion

Where’s the Girl?” – The Scarlet Pimpernel


Ensemble (Contras)

How Did I Get to Where I Am?” – Marguerite

Living in the Shadows” – Victor/Victoria

Out of Sight, Out of Mind” – A Tale of Two Cities


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

A New Life” – Jekyll & Hyde

Only Love” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

When the World Was Mine” – The Count of Monte Cristo


Ensemble (Sopranos)

No One Knows Who I Am” – Jekyll & Hyde

Simple” – Nine

When There’s No One” – Carrie


Ensemble (Tenors)

Before the Summer Ends” – Dracula

Dressing Them Up” – Kiss of the Spider Woman

No Moon” – Titanic


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Sunset Boulevard:

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

• “I Don’t Want to Be an Actress➝” from Snakebit  (Jenifer)

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

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

• “You’ve Got to Come Back a Star➝” from 42nd Street  (Julian)


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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Sunset Boulevard Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Sunset Boulevard, 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:

“Prologue” – Joe

“Let’s Have Lunch” – Joe, Betty, Artie, Sheldrake, Ensemble

“Surrender” – Norma

With One Look” – Norma

“Salome” – Norma, Joe

The Greatest Star Of All” – Max

“Girl Meets Boy” – Joe, Betty, Artie

“New Ways To Dream” – Joe, Norma

“The Lady’s Paying” – Norma, Joe, Manfred, Ensemble

“The Perfect Year” – Norma, Joe

“This Time Next Year” – Joe, Betty, Artie, Ensemble

“Auld Lang Syne” – Artie, Betty, Ensemble


Act 2:

Sunset Boulevard” – Joe

“There’s Been A Call” – Norma, Joe

As If We Never Said Goodbye” – Norma

“Paramount Conversations” – Betty, Joe, Sheldrake, Max, Norma, Cecil

“Girl Meets Boy (Reprise)” – Joe, Betty

“A Little Suffering” – Ensemble

“Too Much in Love To Care” – Joe, Betty

“New Ways To Dream (Reprise)” – Max

“The Phone Call” – Norma

“The Final Scene” – Norma, Max, Ensemble


Which of these audition songs for Sunset Boulevard 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 Sunset Boulevard.
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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