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Should you perform a song from the musical you’re auditioning for?

Performing an audition song from the musical you’re auditioning for can be a double-edged sword. Here are a few factors to consider when deciding whether to perform a song from the same musical:

  1. Familiarity: If you choose a song from the same musical, the audition panel will likely be familiar with it. This can work to your advantage if you showcase a unique interpretation or demonstrate a deep understanding of the character. However, if you don’t deliver a standout performance, it may be perceived as a missed opportunity to showcase versatility.

  2. Typecasting: Using a song from the same musical might associate you closely with a specific role. If you have your heart set on a different role in the production, it might be better to choose a song that showcases your suitability for that specific role.

  3. Variety: Casting directors often want to see versatility in performers. Choosing a song from a different musical can demonstrate your range, vocal abilities, and acting skills in a different context. This can help you stand out and show that you can tackle various styles and characters.

  4. Requirements and context: Consider the specific requirements and context of the audition. Sometimes, the casting team may specifically request a song from the show or a certain style. In such cases, it’s wise to follow their instructions to show that you can meet their expectations. In this case make the song your own. Make strong choices that showcase your talents and have fun!

Ultimately, the decision depends on the circumstances, the role you’re auditioning for, and your own strengths as a performer. It can be beneficial to seek advice from a vocal coach, director, or experienced performer who can offer guidance tailored to your situation.

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