The Best Audition Songs for Honk! – by Character
Do you have an upcoming audition for Honk!? 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 Honk!, broken down by character.
Since Honk! is a 1990s musical, most of the following songs are from musicals between 1990-2015. In addition, the songs below are family-friendly 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 upbeat, 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 Honk! cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.
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 (and not a specific character), there’s always a chance you might get chosen for a leading/supporting role!
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.
“A Day for the Cat in the Hat” – Seussical
“Messing About In A Boat” – The Wind in the Willows
“Run, Freedom, Run!” – Urinetown
“You Can’t Trust a Man” – Tuck Everlasting
“Diamond in the Rough” – Aladdin
“Poor Unfortunate Souls” – The Little Mermaid
“Sweet Child” – The Little Mermaid
“The Smell of Rebellion” – Matilda
“The Cuddles Mary Gave” – A Man of No Importance
“Welcome to the World” – A Man of No Importance
“When Words Fail” – Shrek
“Who I’d Be” – Shrek
“Beauty and the Beast” – Beauty and the Beast
“Just Like That” – A Christmas Story
“The Music Still Plays On” – A New Brain
“What a Mother Does” – A Christmas Story
“Funny” – My Favorite Year
“I’ve Got Pizazz” – Nunsense II
“Rookie in the Ring” – My Favorite Year
“Teaching Third Grade” – Ruthless!
“Alone in the Universe” – Seussical
“I Want to Go Home” – Big
“If I Left London” – Chaplin
“Last One Picked” – Whoop-Dee-Doo! [censor language]
“More to the Story” – Shrek
“Notice Me, Horton” – Seussical
“Say No Thank You” – Dear Edwina
“Don’t Let Me Go” – Shrek
“How Lucky You Are” – Seussical
“Where Are All the People?” – Chaplin
“Coffee Shop Nights” – Curtains
“Happy/Sad” – The Addams Family
“Love Who You Love” – A Man of No Importance
“A Change in Me” – Beauty and the Beast
“I Hate Musicals” – Ruthless!
“Just Beyond the Stars” – Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure
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“Finding Wonderland” – Wonderland
“I Speak Six Languages” – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
“One Pal” – Polka Dots: The Cool Kids Musical
“Beautiful” – Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical
“Seventeen” – Tuck Everlasting
“World’s Greatest Dad” – Elf
“A Letter From Charlie Bucket” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
“Everlasting” – Tuck Everlasting
“It’s Possible” – Seussical
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Honk!:
• “Actor!” in Audition Monologues for Young Men➝
• “Bloom” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝
• “Language” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝
• “Living Large” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝
• “Loyalty” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝
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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Honk! Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Honk!, 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.
“A Poultry Tale” – Drake, Ida, Cat, Grace, Ensemble
“The Joy of Motherhood” – Ida, Maureen
“Different (Pre-Reprise)” – Ida
“Hold Your Head up High” – Ida, Ugly
“Look at Him” – Ida, Drake, Ugly, Maureen, Billy, Downy, Beaky, Turkey, Henrietta, Cat, Grace
“Different” – Ugly
“Play With your Food” – Cat, Ugly
“Lost” – Ugly
“The Elegy” – Maureen, Ida, Ensemble
“Every Tear A Mother Cries” – Ida
“The Wild Goose Chase” – Greylag, Dot, Cat, Ugly
“Hold Your Head Up High (Reprise)” – Ida, Ugly
“It Takes All Sorts” – Queenie, Lowbutt
“Together” – Cat, Queenie, Lowbutt
“The Collage” – Drake, Ida, Turkey, Greylag, Dot, Ensemble
“Now I’ve Seen You” – Ugly
“Warts and All” – Bullfrog, Ugly, Ensemble
“The Blizzard” – Ugly, Cat, Ensemble
“Transformation” – Ugly, Ida, Penny
“Look At Him (Reprise)” – Ugly, Penny, Grace, Turkey, Ensemble
“Warts And All (Reprise)” – Ensemble
Which of these audition songs for Honk! 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.