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. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

Tick, Tick…Boom! 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 listen to the Tick, Tock…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.


Jon

Halloween” – Rent

One Song Glory” – Rent

Say It To Me Now” – Once

Work the Wound” – Passing Strange

Your Eyes” – Rent


Michael

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


Susan

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.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for Tick, Tick...Boom!.
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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