The Best Audition Songs for Tick, Tick… Boom! – by Character
Do you have an upcoming audition for Tick, Tick…Boom!? 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 Tick, Tick…Boom!, broken down by character.
Since Tick, Tick…Boom! is a borderline pre-contemporary/contemporary musical, the following songs are from musicals between 1990-2010. In addition, there are lots of pop/rock 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 Tick, Tick…Boom! cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.
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.
“Halloween” – Rent
“One Song Glory” – Rent
“Say It To Me Now” – Once
“Work the Wound” – Passing Strange
“Your Eyes” – Rent
“I’ll Cover You (Reprise)” – Rent
“Midnight Radio” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch
“Second Nature” – Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
“The Origin of Love” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch
“You Gotta Die Sometime” – Falsettos
“A Note From Linda” – The Wedding Singer
“Dancing All the Time” – Big
“I’m Not Afraid of Anything” – Songs for a New World
“Just Not Now” – I Love You Because
“Stars and the Moon” – Songs for a New World
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Tick, Tick…Boom!:
• “At the Table” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “Big Scary Animals” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “Bread and Circuses” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝
• “It’s Best➝” from Elsewhere➝
• “NYC 523” 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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Tick, Tick…Boom! Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Tick, Tick…Boom!, 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.
Note: Susan and Michael double as the additional ensemble characters.
“30/90” – Jon, Michael, Susan
“Green Green Dress” – Jon, Susan
“Johnny Can’t Decide” – Jon, Susan, Michael
“Sunday” – Jon, Ensemble
“No More” – Michael, Jon
“Therapy” – Jon, Susan
“Real Life” – Michael, Company
“Sugar” – Jon, Karessa, Counter Guy
“See Her Smile” – Jon, Company
“Come to Your Senses” – Karessa
“Why” – Jon
“30/90 (Reprise)” – Jon
“Louder Than Words” – Company
Which of these audition songs for Tick, Tick…Boom! 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.