The Best Audition Songs for The Mad Ones – by Character
Do you have an upcoming audition for The Mad Ones (previously known as The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown)? 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 Mad Ones, broken down by character.
Since The Mad Ones is a contemporary musical, the songs below are from contemporary musicals as well. There are also lots of pop 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.
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 The Mad Ones cast album➝.
Step 3: Pick an audition song
Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide which character you’d like to audition for. 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 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.
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.
“Favorite Places” – Ordinary Days
“I’m Not Falling for That” – We Aren’t Kids Anymore
“People Carry On” – The Story of My Life
“When She Smiles” – Lysistrata Jones
“You Will Never Know” – Theory of Relativity [first half]
“Maps” – Fun Home
“Never Get Married” – Honeymoon in Vegas
“Smiling” – Jagged Little Pill
“There Was John” – Tootsie
“Uninvited” – Jagged Little Pill
“Hand in My Pocket” – Jagged Little Pill
“Joey is a Punk Rocker” – The Black Suits
“Julie’s Song” – The Theory of Relativity
“Requiem” – Dear Evan Hansen
“Safer” – First Date
“On the Edge” – We Aren’t Kids Anymore
“No More Fear” – Freaky Friday
“Nothing Stops Another Day” – Ghost
“On and On and On” – We Aren’t Kids Anymore
“Promise Me This” – Theory of Relativity
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Mad Ones:
• “Fun House Mirror” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝
• “It’s Best➝” from Elsewhere➝
• “Right Place, Right Time #2” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “Rooms” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝
• “The Whiz” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝
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 Mad Ones Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in The Mad Ones, 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.
“The Girl Who Drove Away” – Samantha
“Freedom” – Kelly, Sam
“Ordinary Senior Year” – Sam, Kelly
“My Mom is a Statistician” – Sam, Beverly
“Sam Failed Her Driver’s Test” – Sam, Beverly, Kelly, Adam
“Top Ten” – Kelly, Sam
“Simple as That” – Sam, Adam
“The Proposal” – Adam, Sam, Beverly, Kelly
“There Was a Party” – Kelly, Sam
“The Mad Ones” – Kelly, Sam,
“I Know My Girl” – Beverly, Sam, Adam, Kelly
“Miles to Go” – Beverly
“Say the Word” – Sam, Adam
“Go Tonight” – Kelly, Sam
“Run Away With Me” – Adam
“Drive” – Beverly, Sam, Kelly, Adam
“I Didn’t Say Goodbye” – Kelly, Sam
“Remember This” – Sam, Company
Which of these audition songs for The Mad Ones 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.
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.
2 thoughts on “The Best Audition Songs for The Mad Ones – by Character”
This is me singing both Sam & Kelly…would love to hear your thoughts!
Hi Laura! Thanks for sharing your video. You have the perfect low alto/contra voice range! As you were singing, I couldn’t help but think that you might do really well with some upbeat and poppy older classic 1970s styles. If you’re looking for some new material, I would suggest trying out “I Feel the Earth Move” from Beautiful or “Strong Woman Number” from Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road. I’d be so curious how you like singing those types of songs. Have fun and keep singing!!