40 Outstanding Pre-Contemporary Audition Songs

Looking for a great pre-contemporary showtune for an upcoming audition or project? Well, first you should check out our giant database of audition songs for specific musicals. But if your show hasn’t yet been covered by us, you can go through these pre-contemporary audition songs (from the 1970s-1990s) sorted by vocal type.


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First Step: 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

“Pre-Contemporary Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist


Altos

As If We Never Said Goodbye” – Sunset Boulevard

Now That I’ve Seen Her” – Miss Saigon

Take That Look Off Your Face” – Tell Me on a Sunday

The Music and the Mirror” – A Chorus Line

Time Heals Everything” – Mack & Mabel


Baritones

Beautiful City” – Godspell

I Promise You a Happy Ending” – Mack & Mabel

Look Over There” – La Cage aux Folles

Some Girls” – Once on This Island

The Colors of My Life” – Barnum


Basses

Father to Son” – Falsettos

In My Own Lifetime” – The Rothschilds

Marry Me” – The Rink

There’s Always One You Can’t Forget” – Dance a Little Closer

Three is a Magic Number” – Schoolhouse Rock Live!


Contras

Flying Home” – Songs for a New World

Goodbye, My Love” – Ragtime

Like It Was” – Merrily We Roll Along

Maybe” – Miss Saigon

Magic to Do” – Pippin


Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!


Mezzo-Sopranos

Blame it on the Summer Night” – Rags

Do It Alone” – Parade

Come Down from the Tree” – Once on This Island

I’m Not Afraid of Anything” – Songs for a New World

When Will Someone Hear?” – Martin Guerre


Sopranos

How Could I Ever Know?” – The Secret Garden

I’m Leaving You” – The Life

Melodie de Paris” – Phantom

Moonfall” – The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Take Care of This House” – 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue


Tenors

Bring Him Home” – Les Misérables

How Did They Build the Titanic?” – Titanic

I Chose Right” – Baby

Love Changes Everything” – Aspects of Love

No Moon” – Titanic


Trebles

Getting Tall” – Nine

Little People” – Les Misérables

Neat to be a Newsboy” – Working

No Matter What” – Whistle Down the Wind

The Beautiful Day” – Scrooge


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Which of these pre-contemporary audition songs did you choose?

And what are you working on at the moment? Feel free to share in the comments below!


Stacy Karyn, author of Contemporary Audition Songs.
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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