The most and least popular musical theatre audition songs

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A fascinating list has revealed who’s singing what in the audition room.

Musical director Inga Davis-Rutter has shared the audition song choices from musical theatre performers.

The songs were sourced from all those presented for a BA in Musical Theatre at a London conservatoire over the past year.

Most Popular

  • If I Loved You from Carousel
  • Wait A Bit from Just So
  • Safer from First Date
  • Maybe This Time from Cabaret
  • One Perfect Moment from Bring It On
  • Dyin’ Ain’t So Bad from Bonnie & Clyde
  • Fly Fly Away from Catch Me If You Can
  • How Did We Come To This from The Wild Party
  • I’m Not Afraid Of Anything from Songs For A Near World
  • No One Else from Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
  • The Life I Never Led from Sister Act
  • There Are Worse Things I Could Do from Grease


The list also revealed a selection of songs that were only picked the one time by auditionees.

Least Popular

  • A Guy That I’d Kinda Be Into from Be More Chill
  • A Piece Of Sky from Yentl
  • A Piece Of The Action from The Life
  • Anytime (I Am There) from Elegies
  • Anywhere But Here from Bridges
  • Autumn from Starling Here Starting Now
  • Ballad Of Jane Doe from Ride The Cyclone
  • Borrowed Time from Death Note
  • Clockwork from Clockmaker’s Daughter
  • Dance To The Day from Prince Of Egypt

You can view the full list in the tweet below.

Answering questions about the audition songs, Davis-Rutter suggested that song choice wasn’t necessarily a factor in whether or not an audition was successful.

“I TRULY believe that a strong candidate could sing the ‘phone book’ and be offered a place….(the panel are very very good at recognising ability notwithstanding the song),” she said.

In a separate tweet, Davis-Rutter added: “Sometimes songs are popular because they just happen to be really good audition songs ie demonstrate acting through song ability or vocally appropriate. I’d hate anyone to then avoid it because they perceive it as ‘overdone’.”

The audition song list is the latest compiled by Davis-Rutter who has uploaded lists from past years on her website here.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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