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51 Fresh Audition Songs For Altos

Click the ‘More Details’ under the song to get context, see lyrics and hear the song. To clarify, by ‘fresh’ we do not mean new, but under-done or overlooked songs that are great for auditioning.

1. Nobody’s Chasing Me from Out of This World’

Range : F3-Bb4

Style : Uptempo (Golden Age)

Mood : Frustrated, Comedic

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2. Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm from ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’

Range : C4-Eb5

Style : Ballad

Mood : Romantic, Comedic, Flirtatious

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3. If He Really Knew Me from ‘They’re Playing Our Song’

Range : G3-B4

Style : Ballad

Mood : Romantic, Pivotal Moment

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4. You’d Better Love Me from ‘High Spirits’

Range : A3-C#5

Style : Midtempo (Swing)

Mood : Romantic, Sassy

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5. Disneyland from ‘Smile’

Range : G3-D5

Style : Ballad

Mood : Hopeful, Uplifting

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6. Plant You Now, Dig You Later from ‘Pal Joey’

Range : Bb3-D5

Style : Midtempo (Golden Age)

Mood : Romantic, Conniving

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7. You Don’t Tell Me from ‘No Strings’

Range : Ab3-C5

Style : Midtempo Swing

Mood : Kiss-Off, Defiant, Empowering

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8. Someone Woke Up from ‘Do I Hear A Waltz?’

Range : A3-B4

Style : Uptempo

Mood : Excited, Fascinated

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9. That Terrific Rainbow from ‘Pal Joey’

Range : B3-Bb4

Style : Midtempo Swing (Golden Age)

Mood : Sassy, Seductive

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10. How I Feel from ‘The Me Nobody Knows’

Range : G3-C5

Style : Ballad

Mood : Dramatic, Heartbreak

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11. The Colors of My Life from ‘Barnum’

Range : C4-Eb5

Style : Ballad

Mood : Introspective, Romantic

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12. City Lights from ‘The Act’

Range : G3-F5

Style : Uptempo Rag

Mood : Comedic, Sassy, Showstopper

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13. What A Nice Idea from ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’

Range : A3-B4

Style : Midtempo (Soft Rock)

Mood : Jealous, Romantic

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14. What Is A Woman from ‘I Do! I Do!’

Range : G3-Db5

Style : Ballad

Mood : Dramatic, Nostalgic

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15. Old Friend from ‘I’m Getting My Act Together And Taking It On the Road’

Range : G3-Db5

Style : Ballad (Pop)

Mood : Romantic, Uplifting

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16. The Music Still Plays On from ‘A New Brain’

Range : F#3-G4

Style : Ballad (Contemporary)

Mood : Nostalgic, Motherly

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17. Millwork from ‘Working’

Range : A3-A4

Style : Ballad (Soft Rock)

Mood : Nostalgic, Emotional

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18. If You Hadn’t But You Did from ‘Two On the Aisle’

Range : G3-C5

Style : Uptempo

Mood : Comedic, Break-up, Showstopper

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19. Lazy Afternoon from ‘The Golden Apple’

Range : F3-C5

Style : Ballad (Golden Age)

Mood : Romantic, Seductive

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20. Ladies from ‘Destry Rides Again’

Range : G3-Bb4

Style : Midtempo (Golden Age)

Mood : Comedic, Sassy

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21. How Can I Wait? from ‘Paint Your Wagon’

Range : F3-C5

Style : Midtempo (Golden Age)

Mood : Romantic, Infatuated

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22. Goodbye My Love from ‘Ragtime’

Range : F#3-Db5

Style : Ballad (Waltz)

Mood : Hopeful, Dramatic, Romantic

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23. My Big Mistake from ‘The Will Rogers Follies’

Range : F3-D5

Style : Uptempo Swing

Mood : Romantic, Light-hearted

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24. I Wish I Could Forget You from ‘Passion’

Range : A3-E5

Style : Ballad (Contemporary)

Mood : Dark, Romantic, Dramatic

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25. Change from ‘A New Brain’

Range : F3-D5

Style : Uptempo (Contemporary)

Mood : Boisterous, Outgoing

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26. No Time At All from ‘Pippin’

Range : E3-A4

Style : Uptempo (Swing)

Mood : Carefree, 60s Pop-feel, Comedic

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27. Our Kind of Love from ‘The Beautiful Game’

Range : G3-D5

Style : Midtempo (Waltz)

Mood : Romantic, Inspiring

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28. Why Do the Wrong People Travel? from ‘Sail Away’

Range : C4-Eb5

Style : Midtempo (Golden Age)

Mood : Comedic, Wise-cracking

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29. Hold On from ‘The Secret Garden’

Range : F3-B4

Style : Ballad (Contemporary)

Mood : Motherly, Dramatic

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30. If He Walked Into My Life from ‘Mame’

Range : Bb3-D5

Style : Ballad

Mood : Regretful, Dramatic

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31. It’s a Helluva Way to Run a Love Affair from ‘Plain and Fancy’

Range : G3-C5

Style : Uptempo Swing (Golden Age)

Mood : Comedic, Romantic

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32. I Ain’t Down Yet from ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’

Range : Bb3-F5

Style : Uptempo (Golden Age)

Mood : Empowering, Confident

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33. Turn Back, O Man from ‘Godspell’

Range : D3-D5

Style : Midtempo (Rock/Blues)

Mood : Husky, Seductive

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34. Anyone Can Whistle from ‘Anyone Can Whistle’

Range : G3-C5

Style : Ballad (Golden Age)

Mood : Romantic, Hopeful

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35. Look to the Rainbow from ‘Finian’s Rainbow’

Range : Bb3-Eb5

Style : Ballad (Golden Age)

Mood : Story-telling, Inspirational

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36. How Are Things in Glocca Morra from ‘Finian’s Rainbow’

Range : A3-F5

Style : Ballad (Golden Age)

Mood : Folk tune-esque, Nostalgic

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37. The Best In the World from ‘A Day In Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine’

Range : F3-D5

Style : Ballad

Mood : Nostalgic, Dramatic

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38. Stop, Time from ‘Big the Musical’

Range : G3-D5

Style : Ballad (Contemporary)

Mood : Motherly, Dramatic

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39. I Just Want to Be a Star from ‘Nunsense’

Range : G3-C5

Style : Midtempo (Swing)

Mood : Showstopper, Comedic, Sassy

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40. Kiss Her Now from ‘Dear World’

Range : Ab3-E5

Style : Ballad

Mood : Romantic, Dramatic

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41. It’s A Business from ‘Curtains’

Range : C3-Ab5

Style : Midtempo (Swing)

Mood : Comedic, Wise-cracking, Character number

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42. Lucky from ‘A Little Princess’

Range : G3-C5

Style : Midtempo (Contemporary)

Mood : Jealous, Villainous, Cantankerous

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43. It’s An Art from ‘Working’

Range : A3-D5

Style : Uptempo (Waltz)

Mood : Proud, Empowering

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44. The Cake I Had from ‘Grey Gardens’

Range : F#3-C#5

Style : Midtempo (Swing)

Mood : Comedic, Regretful, Cantankerous

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45. I’m Going Back from ‘Bells Are Ringing’

Range : Bb3-D5

Style : Uptempo (Golden Age, Jazzy)

Mood : Empowering, Finale

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46. Flaming Agnes from ‘I Do! I Do!’

Range : D3-Db5

Style : Midtempo (Jazzy)

Mood : Sassy, Comedic, Confident

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47. Kiss of the Spider Woman from ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’

Range : G#3-G#5

Style : Midtempo (Waltz)

Mood : Dark, Menacing, Villainous

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48. Special from ‘Avenue Q’

Range : F3-Db5

Style : Midtempo (Jazzy)

Mood : Sassy, Seductive, Tongue-in-Cheek

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49. Teaching Third Grade from ‘Ruthless’

Range : Eb3-B4

Style : Midtempo (Contemporary)

Mood : Comedic, Sarcastic

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50. The Dark I Know Well from ‘Spring Awakening’

Style: Midtempo (contemporary)

Mood: Dramatic, Story-Telling

51. Just Around The Corner from ‘The Addams Family’

Style: Midtempo

Mood: Dark comedy, Satirical, Awkwardly inspirational

Have a good alto audition song to add to the list? Leave a comment below…

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      • I don’t think they would be good for altos- more suited fro Mezzo-Soprano’s. Beautiful goes in to Defying Gravity territory, and Fight For Me is borderline.

        • Well, they’re talking about audition material. You only want 16-32 bars for an audition unless they’re asking for songs in their entirety. I like to do “Privilege To Pee” from Urinetown. The song has high parts, but a low alto could easily put together 16 bars from it without using those parts.

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