AUDITION MONOLOGUES


FEMALE AUDITION MONOLOGUES

FEMALE CONTEMPORARY SCREEN MONOLOGUES

Please do not impersonate the actor’s representation of the below character in the film or television version.

DOGMA – Bethany MONSTER – Eileen  NUTS – Claudia
PASSION FISH – Nina RACHEL GETTING MARRIED – Kym STRANGER THAN FICTION – Ana
THE DARKSIDE – Naomi  STRANGER THAN FICTION – Ana  WAITING FOR GUFFMAN – Libby
WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN – Alice

FEMALE CONTEMPORARY STAGE MONOLOGUES

ANGELS IN AMERICA – Harper ASSASSINS – Fromme BUMPY ANGELS – Coral
COMPOSING VENUS – Siobhan COWBOY MOUTH – Cavale THE PROMISE – Vikala
THE RAIN DANCERS – Kat THE SEED – Rose THREE SISTERS – Natasha
UNCLE VANYA – Yelena


MALE AUDITION MONOLOGUES

MALE CONTEMPORARY SCREEN MONOLOGUES

Please do not impersonate the actor’s representation of the below character in the film or television version.

BEFORE SUNRISE – Jesse GOOD WILL HUNTING – Chuckie HUNGER – Bobby Sands
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER – Gerry KRAMER VS. KRAMER – Ted NETWORK – Howard
RESCUE ME – Tommy Gavin THE DARKSIDE – Steven THE USUAL SUSPECTS – Verbal Kint

MALE CONTEMPORARY STAGE MONOLOGUES

10,000 BEERS – Reed ANGELS IN AMERICA PART II – Belize COSI – Doug
FAT PIG – Tom MISS JULIE – Jean ONLY HEAVEN KNOWS – Tim
RUBEN GUTHRIE – Ruben THE STORY OF THE MIRACLES AT COOKIE’S TABLE – Nathan STRANGERS IN BETWEEN – Ben

 

MUSICAL THEATRE SONGS


FEMALE SONGS

HERE I AM – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Composer:  Music and Lyrics David Yazbek

Production/Performer History:  Broadway 2005 (Sherie Renee Scott), Sydney 2013 (Amy Lehpamer), London 2014 (Katherine Kingsley)

Context:  Christine Colgate, the American Soap Queen, arrives at the French Riviera, flying solo on her first trip sans Mom and Dad. Conmen Freddy Benson and Lawrence Jameson immediately set their sights on swindling her fortune, but Christine is not quite the innocent she seems.

Choice:  David Yazbek is one of the most underated modern musical theatre composers. He is probably the best comic musical theatre song writer currently working. This character (Glenne Headly in the film) starts as a classic ingenue character only to become the pivotal antagonist as the show goes on. Anyone with good comic timing should have a blast with this one.

SHEET MUSIC

 

STRANGER TO THE RAIN – Children of Eden

Composer:  Music and Lyrics Stephen Schwartz

Production/Performer History:  London 1991 (Frances Ruffelle), US Tour 1997 (Kelli Rabke)

Context:  Based on the book of Genesis, Yonah is a servant girl in love with Noah’s youngest son. She is forbidden marry Japheth or to come aboard the ark because the is a descendent of Cain.

Choice:  Before Wicked, Stephen Schwartz wrote a number of Christian influenced musicals, including Godspell, Pippin and Children of Eden. Original Les Miz Eponine, Frances Ruffelle was part of the RSC workshop cast and this song was written for her. It makes it the perfect audition song for any of the blockbuster musicals from the 80’s and 90’s, including Les Miserables. It’s On My Own for when you don’t want to hear On My Own.

SHEET MUSIC

 

EVERYTHING I KNOW – In The Heights

Composer:  Music and Lyrics Lin-Manuel Miranda

Production/Performer History:  Broadway 2008 (Mandy Gonzalez)

Context:  Nina mourns the loss of her Grandmother as she contemplates her return to college. As she goes through Abuela’s box of memories, she realises how proud her Grandmother was of her and regains her courage.

Choice:  There’s no doubting the phenomenon that is Hamilton. But before that, LMM wrote a much more personal show about this Washington Heights street corner and the (mostly Latinx) characters that live there. Mandy Gonzalez (the original Nina) has since gone on to play Elphaba in Wicked and Angelica in Hamilton. So anyone who is a fan of those shows should enjoy this one. Good, belty and diverse.

SHEET MUSIC

 

COME DOWN FROM THE TREE – Once On This Island

Composer:  Lyrics Lynne Ahrens, Music Stephen Flaherty

Production/Performer History:  Broadway 1990, London 1994, Broadway 2017

Context:  After a terrible storm, a young girl is scared to come down from the tree where she found sanctuary. Mama Euralie coaxes her down

Choice:  Ahrens and Flaherty have written some amazing stuff (Ragtime, Anastasia) and some absolute dreck (Suessical, Rocky). Once On This Island is one of their earliest works and although this song was eventually cut from the show, it remains a beautiful stand alone song and a great audition piece. Good storytelling and lots of opportunities to make interesting acting choices.

 

You Don’t Know This Man – Parade

Composer:  Music and Lyrics Jason Robert Brown

Production/Performer History:  Broadway 1998 (Carolee Carmello), London 2007 (Lara Pulver)

Context:  In 1913 Georgia, Lucille Frank’s husband is accused of raping and murdering 13 year old Mary Phagan. In the ensuing media circus, Lucille is forced to defend a man who has always been cold to her, despite being a good husband.

Choice:  Jason Robert Brown is one of the best modern musical theatre composers. Despite the popularity of some of his other work, I think Parade is his magnum opus (thus far). It is a great dramatic musical, and not an easy subject matter to musicalize (Stephen Sondheim turned it down). The depth of JRB’s lyrics and his musicality mean you can absolutely act the shit out of his material.

SHEET MUSIC

 

THERE WILL BE A MIRACLE – See What I Wanna See

Composer:  Music and Lyrics Michael John LaChuisa

Production/Performer History:  Off-Broadway 2005 (Mary Testa)

Context:  Aunt Monica has always been a cynic when it comes to religion. But facing her own mortality and her nephew’s upcoming religious event, she realises she was wrong.

Choice:  If Stephen Sondheim has an heir, it is Michael John LaChuisa. His music is complex, often impenetrable. He chooses offbeat subject matter. But this complexity means, like Jason Robert Brown,  a lot of opportunity to make great acting choices.


 

MALE SONGS

PUBLIC LIFE – Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Composer: Music and Lyrics Michael Friedman

Production/Performer History: Broadway 2011 (Benjamin Walker)

Context: Andrew Jackson has just become the 7th President. The toll of the election has lead to the death of his wife. Despite this he vows to be the leader the American People need.

Choice: Hamilton is not the only political pop musical to take Broadway by storm this decade. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a fun, fresh take on the historical musical and a good rock/pop score. Written more for an actor than a singer, another opportunity to make some interesting choices.

SHEET MUSIC

 

WHEN SHE SMILES – Lysistrata Jones

Composer: Music and Lyrics Lewis Flinn

Production/Performer History: Broadway 2011 (Josh Segarra)

Context: Mick’s plans to seduce the nerdy Robin in an attempt to win a sexual war go out the window when he realises he has real feelings for her.

Choice: Lysistrata Jones updates the Lysistrata story to a college basketball team and their cheerleaders. The sexual politics are still there, just with more of a Clueless spin on it. Contemporary and lots of fun.

SHEET MUSIC

 

PROUD OF YOUR BOY – Aladdin

Composer: Lyrics Howard Ashman, Music Alan Menken

Production/Performer History:  Film 1992 (cut), Broadway 2014 (Adam Jacobs), Sydney 2016 (Aisley Naylor)

Context:  Sung to his late mother, street-rat Aladdin vows to change his ways and make his parents proud.

Choice:  Alan Menken and Howard Ashman were a genius songwriting duo until Ashman’s untimely death. Menken writes a beautiful melody, but he’s never found anyone to match Ashman’s lyrical wit and dexterity. If ever a boy laments that they can’t sing Part of Your World from Little Mermaid or Somewhere That’s Green from Little Shop of Horrors, tell them there’s a boy version, and this is it.

 

FOOLISH TO THINK – A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder

Composer:  Lyrics Robert Freedman and Steven Lutvak, Music Steven Lutvak

Production/Performer History:  Broadway 2013 (Bryce Pinkham)

Context:  Monty is the illegitimate descendant of  the D’Ysquith family and in love with Sibella. She will not marry him because he is poor, so he plots to kill the 8 people ahead of him in line to the family fortune.

Choice:  A pastiche early twentieth century musicals, drawing on everything from My Fair Lady to Gilbert and Sullivan. Gentleman’s Guide is a fun, subversive, modern show that uses a lot of classical techniques. You’ve gotta have chops for this score.

SHEET MUSIC

 

GO BACK HOME – Scottsboro Boys

Composer:  Lyrics Fred Ebb Music John Kander

Production/Performer History:  Broadway 2010 (Joshua Henry), London 2014 (Kyle Scatliffe)

Context:  Haywood and the boys await their execution and dream of home.

Choice:  Like Parade, Scottsboro Boys tells the story of crime America’s South. This time it is 1931 Memphis and the 9 boys are a group of African Americans accused of rape by two white prostitutes, in order to spare themselves. This is final show of the legendary Kander and Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman) and is as confronting and inspiring as their earlier work. Unfortunately the original production was overshadowed by a little show called Book of Mormon.

SHEET MUSIC

 

WHAT DO I NEED WITH LOVE – Thoroughly Modern Millie

Composer:  Lyrics Dick Scanlan, Music Jeanine Tesoru

Production/Performer History:  Broadway 2002 (Gavin Creel), London 2003 (Mark McGee), Melbourne 2006 (David Harris)

Context:  Jimmy is in jail after taking Millie to a speakeasy and for the first time he realises he is falling for her.

Choice:  Jeanine Tesori is one of my favourite composers currently working. While not as revolutionary as her other work (Fun Home, Caroline or Change), Thoroughly Modern Millie is one of the best movie to musical adaptations of the last 20 years. Good song for a comic leading man. Hey, it was in even in my rep when I was younger!

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