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.
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.
“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
“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
“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!
Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!
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.
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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.