Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for The Rocky Horror Show – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for The Rocky Horror Show? 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 Rocky Horror Show, by character.

Since The Rocky Horror Show is a 1970s musical, the following songs are from the 1960s – 2000s. There are also lots of rock selections included below to match the musical’s style.


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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: Study the show

Before auditioning, you should get familiar with the show, and listening to the cast album is a great way to do that. Here’s where you can learn more about The Rocky Horror Show.


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 (rather than a specific character), there’s always a chance of being cast in a leading or 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.


Brad Majors

Is Nothing Sacred” – Meat Loaf [1990s/non-theatre]

Once Before I Go” – The Boy From Oz

You Tore My Heart Out” – The Toxic Avenger


Columbia

Heartbreaker” – Pat Benatar [1970s/non-theatre]

Nobody’s Side” – Chess

White Rabbit” – Jefferson Airplane [1960s/non-theatre]


Eddie/Dr. Scott

Going Down” – Hair

School’s Out” – Alice Cooper [1970s/non-theatre]

Thank God She’s Blind” – The Toxic Avenger


Frank ‘N’ Furter

Acid Queen” – The Who’s Tommy

Evil Is Hot” – The Toxic Avenger

Sugar Daddy” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Janet Weiss

A Little More Love” – Olivia Newton-John [1970s/non-theatre]

Magic” – Xanadu

Magic Man” – Heart [1970s/non-theatre]


Magenta / Usherette

Lonely Lady” – I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking It on the Road

Miss America” – I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking It on the Road

Smash the Mirror” – The Who’s Tommy


Riff Raff

Amazing Journey” – The Who’s Tommy

Cherry Pie” – Warrant [1990s/non-theatre]

Heaven on Their Minds” – Jesus Christ Superstar


Rocky Horror

Cold as Ice” – Foreigner [1970s/non-theatre]

Ladies’ Choice” – Hairspray

Little Sister” – Elvis Presley [1960s/non-theatre]


Ensemble (Altos)

Make Up My Heart” – Starlight Express

Surabaya-Santa” – Songs for a New World

Take That Look Off Your Face” – Tell Me on a Sunday


Ensemble (Baritones)

Dentist!” – Little Shop of Horrors

Midnight Radio” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

The Origin of Love” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Ensemble (Basses)

Pilate’s Dream” – Jesus Christ Superstar

Sunday Morning” – The Velvet Underground [1960s/non-theatre]

Wicked Little Town” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Ensemble (Contras)

Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy” – Queen [1970s/non-theatre]

Tell Me It’s Not True” – Blood Brothers

Those Magic Changes” – Grease


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Another Suitcase in Another Hall” – Evita

Little Queen” – Heart [1970s/non-theatre]

Out Here On My Own” – Fame


Ensemble (Tenors)

Pity the Child” – Chess

Radames’ Letter” – Aida

The Man Who Sold the World” – David Bowie [1970s/non-theatre]


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Rocky Horror Show:

• “Fun House Mirror” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “MacKenzie #1” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝

• “Shadow” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “Spirit” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “Wormhole➝” from Ohio  (Zach)


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 Rocky Horror Show Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in The Rocky Horror Show 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.


“Science Fiction” – Usherette

“Damn It, Janet” – Brad, Janet

“Over at the Frankenstein Place” – Janet, Brad, Riff Raff

“Time Warp” – Riff Raff, Magenta, Columbia, Narrator, Company

“Sweet Transvestite” – Frank, Brad, Ensemble

“The Sword of Damocles” – Rocky, Ensemble

“Charles Atlas Song” – Frank, Ensemble

“Hot Patootie” – Eddie, Ensemble

“Charles Atlas Song (Reprise)” – Frank, Janet, Ensemble

“Touch-A-Touch-A-Touch Me” – Janet, Rocky, Ensemble

Once in a While” – Brad, Ensemble

“Eddie’s Teddy” – Dr. Scott, Narrator, Columbia, Frank, Janet, Company

Planet Schmanet Janet” – Frank

“Rose Tint My World” – Columbia, Rocky, Brad, Janet

“Superheroes” – Brad, Janet, Narrator, Company

“Science Fiction (Reprise)” – Usherette, Company

“Sweet Transvestite (Reprise)” – Company

“Time Warp (Reprise)” – Company


Which of these audition songs for The Rocky Horror Show 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 Rocky Horror Show.
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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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