The Best Audition Songs for The Last Five Years – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for The Last Five Years? 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 The Last Five Years, by character.

Since The Last Five Years is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary musicals as well. There are also lots of romantic 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 “Last Five Years 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 libretto➝ while listening to the The Last Five Years cast album➝. Or you can watch the film➝.


Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide which character you’d like to audition for. And finally, choose a suitable song from the list below!


Catherine Hiatt

Always Starting Over” – If/Then

Anywhere But Here” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Before It’s Over” – Dogfight

Fly Into the Future” – Vanities

Gotta Get Out” – Ordinary Days

I’ll Be Here” – Ordinary Days

Manhattan Bridge” – Next Thing You Know

Perfect” – Edges

You Can’t Be Everything You Want” – Next Thing You Know

You Learn to Live Without” – If/Then


Jamie Wellerstein

A Jerk Like Me” – When Midnight Strikes

And I Breathe” – Next Thing You Know

As Good As I Get” – Next Thing You Know

Come Back” – Dogfight

Favorite Places” – Ordinary Days

Hey, Kid” – If/Then

Isn’t That Enough?” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Run Away With Me” – The Mad Ones

You Don’t Need to Love Me” – If/Then

You Never Know” – If/Then


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Last Five Years:

• “A Girl’s Guide to Chaos” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

• “Bread and Circuses” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “Bridge Partners” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “Mom, Dad and a Bad Idea (#1)” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Right Place, Right Time #2” 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!


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The Last Five Years Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in The Last Five Years, 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.


Still Hurting” – Cathy

Shiksa Goddess” – Jamie

See I’m Smiling” – Cathy

Moving Too Fast” – Jamie

A Part of That” – Cathy

The Schmuel Song” – Jamie

A Summer in Ohio” – Cathy

“The Next Ten Minutes” – Jamie, Cathy

A Miracle Would Happen/When You Come Home to Me” – Jamie, Cathy

Climbing Uphill” – Cathy

If I Didn’t Believe in You” – Jamie

I Can Do Better Than That” – Cathy

Nobody Needs to Know” – Jamie

“Goodbye Until Tomorrow/I Could Never Rescue You” – Jamie, Cathy


Which of these audition songs for The Last Five Years 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 The Last Five Years.
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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