Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for The Who’s Tommy – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for The Who’s Tommy? 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 Who’s Tommy, broken down by character.

Since The Who’s Tommy is a 1990s musical, the following songs are from shows between the 1960s – 2000s. There are also lots of classic rock vibes 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 Who’s Tommy.


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, decide which character you’d like to audition for. And finally, choose a suitable song from the list below!


Captain Walker

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

Real Life” – Tick, Tick…Boom!

Shoes Upon the Table” – Blood Brothers

You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth” – Meat Loaf [1970s/non-theatre]


Cousin Kevin

Dream On” – Aerosmith [1970s/non-theatre]

Heaven on Their Minds” – Jesus Christ Superstar

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

Where I Want to Be” – Chess


Mrs. Walker

Heaven Help My Heart” – Chess

Keys” – Passing Strange [first half]

Shadows of the Night” – Pat Benatar [1980s/non-theatre]

Tell Me It’s Not True” – Blood Brothers


Tommy

Home Sweet Home” – Mötley Crüe [1980s/non-theatre]

Pity the Child” – Chess

Rolling Stock” – Starlight Express

Work the Wound” – Passing Strange


The Gypsy

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

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

Sugar Daddy” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

The Origin of Love” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Uncle Ernie

Amsterdam” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Going Down” – Hair

Manchester, England” – Hair

The Bulls” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris


Ensemble (Altos)

Come to Your Senses” – Tick, Tick…BOOM!

Eternal Flame” – The Bangles [1980s/non-theatre]

The Man With the Child in His Eyes” – Kate Bush [1970s/non-theatre]


Ensemble (Baritones)

I’m Going Home” – The Rocky Horror Show

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” – The Smiths [1980s/non-theatre]

Unsettled Scores” – Whistle Down the Wind


Ensemble (Basses)

Alone” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Pilate’s Dream” – Jesus Christ Superstar

Wicked Little Town” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Ensemble (Contras)

Nobody’s Side” – Chess

Someone Else’s Story” – Chess

You Don’t Know” – Next to Normal


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Barracuda” – Heart [1970s/non-theatre]

Call Me” – Blondie [1980s/non-theatre]

The Night It Had to End” – Romance/Romance


Ensemble (Tenors)

Anthem” – Chess

See Her Smile” – Tick, Tick … Boom!

Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors” – Editors  [2000s rock/non-musical theatre]


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Who’s Tommy:

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

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

• “Office Hour” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “The Dead Deportee” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “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 Who’s Tommy Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in The Who’s Tommy, 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:

“Captain Walker” – Ensemble

“It’s a Boy” / “We’ve Won” – Mrs. Walker, Captain Walker, Ensemble

“Twenty-One” – Mrs. Walker, Captain Walker, Boyfriend

Amazing Journey” – Tommy

“Amazing Journey (Reprise)” – Tommy

“Christmas; See Me, Feel Me” – Captain Walker, Mrs. Walker, Tommy, Ensemble

“Do You Think It’s Alright?” – Captain Walker, Mrs. Walker

“Fiddle About” – Uncle Ernie, Ensemble

“See Me, Feel Me (Reprise)” – Tommy

“Cousin Kevin” – Cousin Kevin, Ensemble

Sensation” – Tommy,  Ensemble

“Eyesight to the Blind” – Hawker, Ensemble

Acid Queen” – The Gypsy

“Pinball Wizard” – Cousin Kevin, Ensemble


Act 2:

“It’s a Boy (Reprise)” / “There’s a Doctor” – Captain Walker, Mrs. Walker

“Go to the Mirror!” / “Listening to You” – Captain Walker, Mrs. Walker, Tommy, Young Tommy, Ensemble

“Tommy, Can You Hear Me?” – Ensemble

“I Believe My Own Eyes” – Captain Walker, Mrs. Walker

Smash the Mirror” – Mrs. Walker

I’m Free” – Tommy

“Sensation (Reprise)” – Tommy, Ensemble

“I’m Free (Reprise)” / “Pinball Wizard (Reprise)” – Tommy, Company

“Tommy’s Holiday Camp” – Uncle Ernie

“Sally Simpson” – Ensemble

Welcome” – Tommy, Ensemble

“Sally Simpson’s Question” – Sally Simpson, Tommy

We’re Not Gonna Take It” – Tommy, Ensemble

“See Me, Feel Me (Reprise)” / “Listening to You (Reprise)” – Tommy, Company


Which of these audition songs for The Who’s Tommy 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 Who's Tommy.
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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