Let’s face it, the songs from musicals that transcend the shows they were written for and become ‘classics’ do so for one reason…they’re bloody good songs.
So when you’re facing an audition for a new production, it may seem an obvious choice to reach for an old-faithful, something already proven, and the perfect musical template for you to strut your stuff. Well, that’s as may be. The problem is that there’s every chance several other hopefuls have come to the same conclusion and the audition panel will begrudgingly have to sit through 30 renditions of Defying Gravity.
To make life a little easier, THEATRE-NERDS.com recently polled a group of professional directors and asked them for the Top 10 songs to AVOID. Here’s the run-down.
10. Adelaide’s Lament (Guys & Dolls)
9. Giants In The Sky (Into the Woods)
8. Mama Who Bore Me (Spring Awakening)
7. Defying Gravity (wicked)
6. On My Own (Les Mis)
5. Don’t Rain On My Parade (Funny Girl)
4. Gimme Gimme (Thoroughly Modern Millie)
3. On The Street Where You Live (My Fair Lady)
2. I Can’t Say No (Oklahoma)
1. Popular (Wicked)