The Best Audition Songs for Vanities – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Vanities? 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 Vanities, broken down by character.

Since Vanities is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary shows as well. 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

The “Vanities 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 Vanities 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.


Joanne

Change It” – 9 to 5

I Just Might” – 9 to 5

Lost in the Brass” – Band Geeks

Nothing Short of Wonderful” – Dogfight

When He Sees Me” – Waitress


Kathy

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

Fly, Fly Away” – Catch Me If You Can

Kindergarten Boyfriend” – Heathers

More to the Story” – Shrek

No More Fear” – Freaky Friday


Mary

Anywhere But Here” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Gotta Get Out” – Ordinary Days

I’ll Be Here” – Ordinary Days

Just Not Now” – I Love You Because

You Can’t Be Everything You Want” – Next Thing You Know


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Vanities:

• “A Girl’s Guide to Chaos” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

• “Album” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

• “Green Pepper➝” from Cocktails at Pam’s  (Estelle)

• “It’s Never One Thing➝” from Shows for Days  (Irene)

• “Sky Lines #2” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝


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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Vanities Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Vanities, 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.


“Setting Your Sights” – Kathy, Mary, Joanne

“I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” – Kathy, Mary, Joanne

“An Organized Life” – Kathy, Mary, Joanne

“I Can’t Imagine” – Kathy, Mary, Joanne

“An Organized Life (1968)” – Kathy, Mary, Joanne

Fly Into the Future” – Mary

Cute Boys With Short Haircuts” – Kathy

“Let Life Happen” – Kathy, Mary, Joanne

“The Same Old Music” – Joanne

“An Organized Life (1974)” – Kathy, Mary, Joanne

“The Argument” – Kathy, Mary, Joanne

“Friendship Isn’t What It Used to Be” – Kathy, Mary, Joanne

“Looking Good” – Kathy, Mary, Joanne


Which of these audition songs for Vanities 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 Vanities.
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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