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Chapter 7: Auditioning for New Musicals

Performing in Contemporary Musicals
Chapter 7: Auditioning for New Musicals

Online Companion


Choosing Material

  • Click here to download our list of under-sung contemporary musical theatre songs by genre and voice type. (p. 165)

  • Click here to download our audition book guidelines (p. 165)

  • Activity V (p. 165)

    • Click here to download material for Activity: Translating Character Breakdowns


Keeping Your Audition Material Fresh



  • Click here to download our Guide for Self-Taping (p. 174)


Self-Taping Examples

Claire Hayner: “All Figured Out” from Gay Card (Ryan Korell & Jonathan Keebler)(p. 174)

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Carson Kaleo: “Hallelujah I Love Her So” (Ray Charles) audition cut)(p. 175)

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Recommended Reading


Recommended Reading: Type vs. Essence

  1. Chow, Andrew R. 2018. “Study Finds Increasing Diversity on Broadway.” New York Times, January 15, 2018. 

  2. Jaffe, Jennifer. 2015. “The Terrible World of Casting Notices.” New York Magazine, September 13, 2015. 

  3. Actors’ Equity Association. 2017. “Looking at Hiring Biases by the Numbers.”  Equity News, Vol. 102, Issue 2 (Spring 2017). 

  4. Whitfield, Sarah, ed. 2019. Reframing the Musical: Race, Identity, and Culture. London: Red Globe Press. 



  1. The Asian American Performers Action Coalition. 2020. “The Visibility Report: Racial Representation on NYC Stages.” September 30, 2020.

  2. Rock The Audition Coalition: 

Recommended Reading: Auditioning

  1. Berry, Denny. 2019. Auditioning for Musical Theatre. Abingdon: Routledge.

  2. Deliee, Madeleine. 2018. “Juggling the Musical Audition.” Dramatics Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 5 (June/July 2018).

  3. Flom, Jonathan. 2016. Get the Callback: The Art of Auditioning for Musical Theatre, 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

  4. Gerle, Andrew. 2011. The Enraged Accompanist’s Guide to the Perfect Audition. Milwaukee: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. 

  5. Hetrick, Adam. 2014. “Booking It? Casting Director Bernard Telsey on Audition Essentials.”, January 14, 2014. 

  6. Josepher, Laura. 2020. “They Want Me to do What? How to Take an Adjustment.”, March 4, 2020. 

  7. Sanders, Sheri. 2021. Rock the Audition: How to Prepare for and Get Cast in Rock Musicals, 2nd rev. ed. Brooklyn: Rock the Audition.

  8. Silver, Fred 1988. Auditioning for Musical Theatre. New York: Penguin Books. 

Recommended Reading: Self-Taping

  1. Hundt, Cori. 2019. “Your Guide to a Perfect Self-Tape.”, October 20, 2019. 

  2. Josepher, Laura. 2020. “Upgrading Your Self Tape Game.”,  April 16, 2020. 

  3. Playbill. n.d. “How to Create Your Best Self-Tape Audition.” Playbill. Accessed on March 25, 2021. 

  4. OnStage Blog. 2021. "We Need to Talk About the Current State of Auditioning." OnStage Blog, July 16, 2021. 



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