“I want my MTV!” After wrapping up my two-part, ’90s pop/rock audition song series, I decided it would be wrong not to do a few posts highlighting some great ’80s audition song options as well. After all, many contemporary musicals incorporate pop and rock styles from the 1980s. To name several: Rock of Ages, Kinky Boots, Heathers, The Wedding Singer, Footloose, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Tarzan, and more.
In certain cases, casting directors for these type of shows will specifically ask that performers bring in audition cuts of ’80s pop/rock radio songs. Therefore, it’s always good to be prepared! As I said in a previous blog post, musical theatre performers with professional aspirations should have at least two contrasting pop/rock radio songs in their audition books at all times. Below are some great ’80s song options for men (women should feel free to put their own spin on these as well)!
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