The Best Audition Songs for The Mystery of Edwin Drood – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for The Mystery of Edwin Drood? 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 Mystery of Edwin Drood, broken down by character.

Since The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a pre-contemporary musical, most of the following songs are from 1970s-1990s musicals as well. In addition there are lots of character songs 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 “Drood 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 while listening to the Drood 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.


Bazzard / Phillip Bax

At the Grand Hotel” – Grand Hotel

Guido’s Song” – Nine

Only With You” – Nine

The Colors of My Life” – Barnum


Chairperson / Mayor Thomas Sapsea

Buffalo Nickel Photoplay, Inc.” – Ragtime

I’ll Be Here Tomorrow” – The Grand Tour

Out There” – Barnum

Thank You Very Much” – Scrooge


Edwin Drood / Alice Nutting

Everybody Wants to Do a Musical” – Nick & Nora

I Am Here to Stay” – Nunsense II

It’s an Art” – Working

One Brick at a Time” – Barnum


John Jasper / Clive Paget

Alive!” – Jekyll & Hyde

Farewell, Good Angel” – Jane Eyre

Funny” – City of Angels

In Every Age” – Titanic


Princess Puffer / Angela Prysock

As If We Never Said Goodbye” – Sunset Boulevard

Kiss of the Spider Woman” – Kiss of the Spider Woman

Surabaya-Santa” – Songs for a New World

What You Need” – Grand Hotel


Rosa Bud / Deirdre Peregrine 

Believe” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

How Could I Ever Know?” – The Secret Garden

My True Love” – Phantom

When There’s No One” – Carrie


Ensemble (Altos)

A Call From the Vatican” – Nine

As We Stumble Along” – The Drowsy Chaperone

Bring on the Men” – Jekyll and Hyde


Ensemble (Baritones)

As Good As You” – Jane Eyre

I’ll Begin Again” – Scrooge

She is Not Thinking of Me” – Gigi


Ensemble (Basses)

In My Own Lifetime” – The Rothschilds

Masculinity” – La Cage aux Folles

There’s Always One You Can’t Forget” – Dance a Little Closer


Ensemble (Contras)

I Hate Musicals” – Ruthless!

The Story of Lucy and Jessie” – Follies

Willing to Ride” – Steel Pier


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

Bride’s Lament” – The Drowsy Chaperone

Lady’s Maid” – Titanic

Painting Her Portrait” – Jane Eyre


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Melodie de Paris” – Phantom

Nelson” – A Day in Hollywood, a Night in the Ukraine

Repent” – On the Twentieth Century


Ensemble (Tenors)

Buddy’s Blues” – Follies

How Did They Build the Titanic?” – Titanic

Love Can’t Happen” – Grand Hotel


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Mystery of Edwin Drood:

• “Actor!” in Audition Monologues for Young Men➝

• “An Illegal Death Warrant➝” from The Strange Gentleman➝

• “Sherlock Holmes and the … Elusive Ear” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “The Man I Could Bind Myself To➝” from A Doll’s House➝  (Nora)

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


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 Mystery of Edwin Drood Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 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:

“There You Are” – Chairman, Company

A Man Could Go Quite Mad” – Jasper

“Two Kinsmen” – Drood, Jasper

Moonfall” – Rosa

“Moonfall Quartet” – Rosa, Helena, Alice, Beatrice

“The Wages of Sin” – Puffer

“Ceylon / A British Subject” – Helena, Neville, Drood, Ensemble

“Both Sides of the Coin” – Sapsea, Jasper

“Perfect Strangers” – Rosa, Drood

“No Good Can Come From Bad” – Neville, Jasper, Rosa, Drood, Helena, Ensemble

Never the Luck” – Bazzard, Ensemble

“Off to the Races” – Sapsea, Durdles, Deputy, Ensemble


Act 2:

“An English Music Hall” – Chairman, Company

“Settling Up the Score” – Puffer, Datchery, Ensemble

“The Name of Love” / “Moonfall” – Jasper, Rosa, Company

“Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead” – Puffer, Datchery, Company

“Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead (Reprise)” – Company

“Settling Up the Score (Reprise)” – Chairman, Company

“The Garden Path to Hell” – Puffer

“Out on a Limerick” – Varies

“Jasper’s Confession” – Jasper

“Murderer’s Confession” – Varies

“Perfect Strangers (Reprise)” – Varies

“The Writing on the Wall” – Drood, Company


Which of these audition songs for The Mystery of Edwin Drood 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 Mystery of Edwin Drood.
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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