Grandstreet Theatre

Overdone songs and monologues

In general:

  • Nothing with excessive profanity.
  • Nothing that puts yourself up on a pedestal/says look at me!  (i.e. Gorgeous from Apple Tree)
  • Nothing with excessive sexual innuendo
  • Do not play a mentally challenged person
  • Do not ask rhetorical questions of a sexual nature to the audition panel
  • Nothing from a current hit Broadway show
  • Nothing made famous by a specific artist (i.e. Barbara Streisand or Kristin Chenoweth)

Monologues

  • “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” by Tom Stoppard: “Lying in a box” monologue
  • “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” by David Mamet: “Girl in the flak suit” speech
  • “subUrbia,” by Eric Bogosian: “Moving to New York City” speech
  • “Fifth of July,” by Lanford Wilson
  • Joan Cusack’s monologue (Is there, oh, ANY OTHER TIME you could have told me this?) — this has been VERY popular for at least three years now. Give it a rest.
  • Squeaky Fromme from Assassins
  • Darleen Dances
  • Bridal Registry from A My Name is Still Alice
  • Belize’s monologue about the national anthem from Angels in America
  • Mom’s Ashes from I Think I Love You — I can’t BELIEVE this is STILL so popular… it is really getting ridiculous
  • Diana from Moving (Quaker school… awards… someone is going to prick your bubble)
  • Anything from Kellie Powell’s website (notmyshoes.net)
  • Laughing Wild – Christopher Durang
  • The Star Spangled Girl – Neil Simon
  • Beyond Therapy – Christopher Durang  (and most other Durang plays!)
  • House of Blue Leaves – John Guare
  • Girls Guide to Chaos – Cynthia Heimel
  • Painting Churches – Tina Howe
  • A…My Name is Alice – Joan Micklin and Julianna Boyd
  • This is our Youth – Kenneth Lonergan
  • Brilliant Traces – Cindy Lou Johnson
  • Reasons to be Pretty – Neil Labute especially the murder your fish monolouge (and most other Labute plays!)
  • Oleanna – David Mamet
  • Talking With – Jane Martin
  • Picasso at the Lapin Agile – Steve Martin
  • In the Boom Boom Room – David Rabe
  • Red Light Winter – Adam Rapp
  • Loose Knit – Theresa Rebeck
  • Spike Heels – Theresa Rebeck (and most other Rebeck plays!)
  • Dog Sees God – Burt V. Royal
  • I Hate Hamlet – Paul Rudnick
  • Danny and the Deep Blue Sea – John Patrick Shanley
  • Brighton Beach Memoirs – Neil Simon
  • Chapter Two – Neil Simon (and most other Simon plays!)
  • The Food Chain – Nicky Silver (and most other Silver plays!)
  • Nuts – Tom Topor
  • Uncommon Women and Others – Wendy Wasserstein
  • Be Aggressive – Annie Weisman
  • Key Exchange (outside mom’s hospital window)
  • You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (coat hanger monologue)

    Songs

  • Anything Jason Robert Brown
  • Anything from Phantom of the Opera
  • Girl in 14 G
  • Taylor the Latte Boy
  • Gorgeous (Apple Tree)
  • Take a Chance on Me
  • Run Away with Me
  • I Gotta Run
  • Neverland (Scott Alan)
  • Mama Says (Footloose)
  • Forest for the Trees
  • Not for the Life of Me
  • Gimme Gimme (…Modern Millie)
  • everything from The Wild Party
  • Screw Loose (Cry-Baby!)
  • Privilege to Pee (Urinetown)
  • Here I Am
  • Astonishing (Little Women)
  • Show off (Drowsy Chaperone)
  • All I need is the Girl
  • Always true to You
  • Anyone Can Whistle
  • At Times Like This (Lucky Stiff)
  • Being Alive (Company)
  • Corner of the Sky (Pippin)
  • How ’bout a dance?
  • I’m Not That Smart (….Spelling Bee)
  • In a Very Unusual way (Nine)
  • In My Life
  • It Hurts Me
  • Johanna (Sweeney Todd)
  • Not while I’m Around (Sweeney Todd)
  • Notice me, Horton (Seussical)
  • On The Street Where You Live (My Fair Lady)
  • Sara Lee
  • She Loves Me (all songs)
  • Should I be Sweet (or Hot)
  • Don’t Rain On My Parade
  • Easy Money
  • Everybody’s Girl
  • Extraordinary
  • Fifty Percent (50%)
  • Forget about the Boy
  • Goodbye, old girl
  • Good Think Going
  • Gorgeous
  • Home (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Home (Phantom)
  • I Cain’t Say No (Oklahoma)
  • I Met A Girl
  • I Wanna Be Bad
  • Life of the Party
  • Lonely Town
  • Look what happened to Mabel
  • Lost in the Wilderness
  • Love Look Away
  • Luck be a Lady (Guys and Dolls)
  • Mamma Says (Footloose)
  • Man Wanted
  • Many a New Day (Oklahoma)
  • Maybe This Time
  • Meadowlark
  • Memory
  • Miracle of Miracles (Fiddler On The Roof)
  • My New Philosophy (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown)
  • My White Night
  • No Man Left For Me
  • Nobody Does It Like Me
  • Show Me (My Fair Lady)
  • Stranger to the Rain (Children Of Eden)
  • Take A Chance On Me
  • That’ll Show Him
  • The Story Goes On
  • Waiting For Life To Begin (Once On This Island)
  • What Do I Need With Love
  • What Is it About Her?
  • What You’d Call A Dream
  • When Did I Fall In Love
  • When Will My life Begin (Tangled)
  • Wherever He Ain’t (Mack n Mabel)
  • Yes, My Heart
  • You’ve Got Possibilities
  • Good Morning Baltimore from Hairspray
  • On My Own from Les Miserables
  • Adelaide’s Lament from Guys and Dolls (why are teenagers always singing this? the character has been engaged for 14 years!)
  • Memory from Cats
  • I Hate Men from Kiss Me Kate
  • All That Jazz from Chicago
  • Wash That Man… from South Pacific
  • Can’t Help Lovin’… from Show Boat
  • Big Spender from Sweet Charity
  • You Can Always… from City of Angels
  • Shy from Once Upon a Mattress
  • Tomorrow from Annie
  • I Enjoy Being A Girl from Flower Drum Song
  • Broadway Baby, Hard Hearted Hannah, Hit Me With a Hot Note from Follies
  • Surrey With The Fringe On Top & I Can’t Say No from Oklahoma
  • They Call the Wind Mariah from Paint Your Wagon
  • Corner of the Sky from Pippin
  • Summertime from Porgy & Bess
  • The Music of the Night from The Phantom of the Opera
  • Hero & Let’s Hear It For The Boy from Footloose
  • Seasons of Love from Rent
  • Big Spender from Sweet Charity
  • Part Of Your World from The Little Mermaid
  • In My Own Little Corner from Cinderella
  • Popular from Wicked
  • Anthem from Chess
  • This Is The Moment from Jekyll & Hyde

SHOWS TO WATCH OUT FOR

  • Annie
  • Baby
  • Secret Garden
  • Children of Eden
  • The movie “Fame”
  • Godspell
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie  (this one applies to college too)
  • Phantom of the Opera (this one applies to college too)
  • Any Disney films
  • The Fantasticks
  • Wicked