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Audition Songs for Women

Audition Songs for Women

Edited by Paul Harvard
Series: The Good Audition Guides
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848424579, 364 pages, August 2020


If you're auditioning for a musical—or needing to choose a song to perform for an exam, showcase or drama-school application—it's vital you find a song that shows off your voice and reveals your full potential as both a singer and an actor.

In this invaluable book, you'll find comprehensive introductions to fifty of the best songs from musical theatre, for soprano, mezzosoprano and alto voices, and in a variety of periods, styles, genres and tempos. Each song comes with detailed textual, vocal and musical analysis, and a practical performance guide to ensure you perform it to maximum effect in your own unique way.

Drawing on his experience as a performer, musical director and teacher at several leading drama schools, Paul Harvard gives his top tips for performing each song, note by note, moment by moment. He also recommends soundtrack recordings to inspire you, and tells you where to find the correct sheet music for your chosen song (please note: the book does not contain the sheet music itself).

The selection includes songs from acclaimed contemporary musicals such as In the Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown, as well as Next to NormalMiss SaigonThe Color PurpleSister Act and Ragtime—alongside much-loved classics like The Sound of MusicFiddler on the RoofMy Fair LadyAnything Goes, and five of Sondheim's masterpieces.

Also included is an extensive introduction to the process of choosing your song, preparing your performance and approaching the audition itself, along with many vocal and acting exercises to improve your technique and boost your confidence.


"Excellent... a wonderful addition for the up-and-coming musical artist. Auditions can be scary things, but after reading this book it may just allay your fears enough to see you through the process with a level head."

- Musical Theatre Review