Overdone auditrion songs

  • Blake J Askew

    Actor

    HI fluffies,

    You guys ahve all heard my demos, but can you suggest GOOD repertoire I ahve not thought og to me, as a tenor voice?

    Also, which audition songs are so overdone they are the kiss of death... or nausea... this will be more opinion but interesting to know...

    • 16th Jun 2008
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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    i know fook all about Tenor's, but I know a few tunes that I think would suit you.

    My Son

    Bring Him Home

    Anthem

    • 6th Sep 2007
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  • Sheri Copeland

    Actor

    Well, some songs are apparently overdone, but actually they are not because people think they shouldn't sing them, so they don't!

    One song in my repetoire is apparently a big 'no-no' song, but I do it well and pianists say that they don't do it much now as performers think they shouldn't.

    So......by all means bring out the Anthems etc for cruise/concert auditions (to show off the old voce) but not for decent MT really. They are far more interested in you portraying the character and telling the story of the piece than by the big notes you hit. They will make you do scales if they need to hear range.

    I'm forever trawling over Amazon to find new shows to pick songs from but it's hard to find thing that you really connect to. Most of the stuff I sing I have been doing for 10 years!

    • 6th Sep 2007
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    Hi all,

    I'd say bring him home and anthem are too obvious

    also anything from wicked or the last five years makes my skin crawl,so many people sung these when i was auditioning for drama school!I did a gershwin number which poeple were pleasantly surprised to hear, timeless pieces that don't get dug up too often, everyone goes for the songs from the newest most hyped shows!

    looking for rep could be a full time occupation, best of luck blair!

    vicky

    • 6th Sep 2007
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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    well there you go! lol

    told you i knew fook all

    • 6th Sep 2007
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    Wouldn't do les mis or anthem....

    For tenor - I LOVE "Streets of Dublin" from Man of no Importance. or "Big News" from Parade.. both up tempo and also acting pieces....

    • 7th Sep 2007
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  • Blake J Askew

    Actor

    Well, PARADE is cool but its the NEXT BIG THING after its on at the Donmar, so ot s a no -no.

    Most of these scores I can vocally handle but its more the issue of how well the CDs seem to take what you sing...

    • 7th Sep 2007
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    how embarassing your name is blake!

    sorry!

    • 7th Sep 2007
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    Have a look at man of no importance.

    • 7th Sep 2007
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  • Matt Johnston

    Actor

    Had to add to this just as a story, as I can't sing to save my life. I heard about an actor going for a singing audition and choosing 'let's call the whole thing off' you know, 'you say potatoe I say potAtoe, you say tomatoe, I say tomAtoe' but not getting what the song was about made no change in the pronounciation, so he was singing 'you say potatoe I say potatoe, you say tomatoe, I say tomatoe' How those at the audition kept a straight face is beyond me!

    • 7th Sep 2007
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  • Blake J Askew

    Actor

    Well, thats the issue- they see so much that person is seen as green and has no understanding of the iece- I think if its a well known song and you dont understand the context that is more intolerable thn a new piece etc...

    I dont think they laugh asits just annoying and they see the people as a waste of time when someone better could have been in their place...

    • 7th Sep 2007
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  • Matt Johnston

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    Well I laughed when I heard it but I guess I do have a strange sense of humour, each to their own.

    • 7th Sep 2007
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    I would have laughed to! xx

    • 7th Sep 2007
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    I love i'll be there from the pirate queen its not so overdone at the moment and its a beautiful piece

    • 14th Jun 2008
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    one of my fave pieces for a guy to sing is if i cant love her from the broadway version of beauty and the beast or now i've seen you from honk. sondheim may be a good place to go to...cuz hes seemingly forgotten about in auditions.......

    • 14th Jun 2008
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  • Iain Peacock

    Actor

    I agree with lorna - Sondheim is not done as often as it should be. Also he tends to be quite challenging vocally and lyrically so can be a good double whammy! Obviously Sweeney Todd is a bit of a no-no at the minute since the film though.

    I should mention, though, that I can't sing for toffee, but always seem to have had good results when I have suggested songs for other people. Maybe it's just because I'm a good outside eye(ear?)...or maybe I've just got lucky!

    • 14th Jun 2008
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  • Sheri Copeland

    Actor

    Sondheim isn't done alot for a good reason, beacuse his songs are often fiendishly difficult for a pianist to play. Steer clear of anything of his that isn't simple at auditions.

    • 15th Jun 2008
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    i think thats debateable.....i can play a good few of his songs and im only grade 3/4 on piano lol and im self taught lol.

    most accompanists are very accomplished players, i think the only thing i would steer clear from in tht case would b west side story......i agree tht is fiendishly difficult...but sondheim had a partner in crime on tht one lol

    • 15th Jun 2008
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  • Sheri Copeland

    Actor

    I'm just passing on what I and many, many other performers have been told (and have experienced) over the years.

    You can debate it if you like and I may well agree with you, but it's just what is the recognized general consensus within the musical theatre community, about Sondheim at auditions.

    • 15th Jun 2008
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  • Lee Ravitz

    Actor

    I know next to nothing about musical theatre ,really, but I have always loved Sondheim and, although I might be talking complete rubbish here, might I suggest that another reason he is warned against is because the actual singing of the songs is difficult to work in an audition? I don't mean that the singing is necessarily more difficult for the performer (although some Sondheim is pretty challenging vocally), but just that it is generally so complex in terms of tone shift, contrast, the necessity of counterpointing accompaniment, juxtaposed voices etc. that singing it solo with a piano rarely does it great justice??!

    • 15th Jun 2008
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