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The 16-Bar Theatre Audition - Belter (Mezzo-Soprano)

100 Songs Excerpted for Successful Auditions

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100 Songs Excerpted for Successful Auditions. Edited by Michael Dansicker. Vocal Collection. Broadway, Movies and Pop. Songbook. With vocal melody, lyrics, piano accompaniment, chord names and introductory text. 188 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.740254).

Item Number: HL.740254

ISBN 9780634064418. 9x12 inches. Compiled and edited by Michael Dansicker.

Most large audition calls for musical theatre, both professionally and in larger school situations, specify that those auditioning bring in a 16 bar excerpt. The professionals in musical theatre often complain that singers don't know how to construct an appropriate 16 bar audition, either in choosing a song or in editing an excerpt. With this new series, that problem is solved forever! Editor Michael Dansicker, a composer/producer/music director, is a seasoned musical theatre veteran, with 100 Broadway credits. He brings his expertise and broad knowledge of the literature to this series. Each excerpt has been given a thoughtful, graceful and effective form. No more illegible scribblings for the poor audition accompanist! An enormous variety of literature is represented, from old standards to movie songs to the latest Broadway and Off-Broadway material. With 100 songs per volume, any singing actor, whatever his or her talents and strong suits, will have many choices. In the preface, the editor gives valuable pointers on the nature of a good audition and some factors in choosing songs.

  • Holding Out For A Hero  From Footloose
  • Can you feel the love tonight  From The Lion King
  • Colors Of The Wind  From Pocahontas (film)
  • God Help The Outcasts  From The Hunchback of Notre Dame (film)
  • Someone Like You  From Jekyll & Hyde
  • So Far Away 
  • Take Me Or Leave Me  From Rent
  • Reflection  From Mulan (film)
  • Always True To You In My Fashion  From Kiss Me, Kate
  • Shy  From Once Upon a Mattress
  • A Change In Me  From Beauty and the Beast
  • Don't Tell Mama  From Cabaret
  • And All That Jazz  From Chicago
  • How Did We Come To This?  From The Wild Party
  • I Know The Truth  From Aida
  • Another Op'Nin', Another Show  From Kiss Me, Kate
  • Better  From A Class Act
  • On My Own  From Les Miserables
  • As Long As He Needs Me  From Oliver!
  • At The Ballet  From A Chorus Line
  • Before The Parade Passes By  From Hello, Dolly!
  • Broadway Baby  From Follies
  • Don't Rain on My Parade  From Funny Girl
  • Everything's Coming Up Roses  From Gypsy
  • Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm  From How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Honey Bun  From South Pacific
  • The Hostess With The Mostes' On The Ball  From Call Me Madam
  • How I Feel   From The Me Nobody Knows
  • Hurry It's Lovely Up Here  From On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
  • I (Who Have Nothing)  From Smokey Joe's Cafe
  • I Ain't Down Yet  From The Unsinkable Molly Brown
  • I Cain't Say No  From Oklahoma!
  • I Dreamed a Dream  From Les Miserables
  • I Enjoy Being A Girl  From Flower Drum Song
  • I Got The Sun In The Morning  From Annie Get Your Gun
  • I Love A Piano  From Stop! Look! Listen!
  • I Want To Be Bad  From Good News
  • I'm Going Back  From Bells Are Ringing
  • I'm Beginning to See the Light  From Sophisticated Ladies
  • If He Walked Into My Life  From Mame
  • If I Can't Have You  From Saturday Night Fever (film)
  • If I Were a Bell  From Guys and Dolls
  • If You Really Knew Me  From They're Playing Our Song
  • It's My Party 
  • It's Today  From Mame
  • Jacob And Sons  From Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Johnny One Note  From Babes In Arms
  • Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now  From Ain't Misbehavin'
  • Let Yourself Go  From Follow the Fleet (film)
  • Let's Hear It For The Boy  From Footloose
  • Losing My Mind  From Follies
  • A Lot Of Livin' To Do  From Bye Bye Birdie
  • Maybe This Time  From Cabaret
  • Mean To Me  From Ain't Misbehavin'
  • The Music That Makes Me Dance  From Funny Girl
  • My Guy 
  • N.Y.C.   From Annie
  • Now That I've Seen Her  From Miss Saigon
  • Sara Lee 
  • Shaking The Blues Away  From Easter Parade (film)
  • Some People  From Gypsy
  • Take That Look Off Your Face  From Song and Dance
  • Ten Cents A Dance  From Simple Simon
  • There Are Worse Things I Could Do  From Grease
  • There Won't Be Trumpets  From Anyone Can Whistle
  • What Did I Have That I Don't Have?  From On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
  • What I Did For Love  From A Chorus Line
  • What More Do I Need?  From Saturday Night
  • When You're Good to Mama  From Chicago
  • Where The Boys Are  From Where the Boys Are (film)
  • Wherever He Ain't  From Mack and Mabel
  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow) 
  • A Wonderful Guy  From South Pacific
  • Look At That Face  From The Roar of the Greasepaint- The Smell of the Crowd
  • You Can't Get A Man With A Gun  From Annie Get Your Gun
  • You'd Be Surprised  From Ziegfeld Follies
  • You'd Better Love Me  From High Spirits
  • (I Wonder Why?) You're Just In Love  From Call Me Madam
  • Flaming Agnes  From I Do! I Do!
  • That Terrific Rainbow  From Pal Joey
  • Plant You Now, Dig You Later  From Pal Joey
  • Gotta Have Me Go With You  From A Star Is Born (film)
  • Someone Woke Up  From Do I Hear a Waltz?
  • Loads Of Love  From No Strings
  • Nobody's Chasing Me  From Out of this World
  • Look What Happened To Mabel  From Mack and Mabel
  • Ooh! My Feet!  From The Most Happy Fella
  • One Fine Day 
  • Oh, You Wonderful Boy  From George M!
  • What Did I Ever See In Him  From Bye Bye Birdie
  • One Hallowe'en  From Applause
  • You've Got Possibilities  From "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman"
  • Hit Me With A Hot Note  From Sophisticated Ladies
  • It's A Perfect Relationship  From Bells are Ringing
  • A Quiet Thing  From Flora, the Red Menace
  • Sing Happy  From Flora, the Red Menace
  • How Can I Wait?  From Paint Your Wagon
  • You Don't Tell Me  From No Strings
  • Disneyland  From Smile
  • All Aboard For Broadway  From George M!

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  • 4

    Northern California
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  • January 30, 2009 A Good Addition

    This was a Christmas gift for my roomie, an aspiring actress. Her biggest stress has always been trying to find a piece and the perfect 16 bars to perform for auditions. The book itself is gorgeous, and the selections fit the criteria of belter nicely, with a good mix of...

    solid alto and solid soprano choices. I felt like some of the song segments were a little weirdly chosen - for example, I think that one of the verses from "Holding Out For a Hero" might have been a better choice than just the chorus - but overall, the musical selections are sound. Overall, it's a pretty good book, and while I wouldn't recommend making this your performance bible, it's a good supplement with good options to choose from. One last quick note: if you're expecting to play and accompany yourself, you need to be a pretty skilled pianist. Although this book does have quite a few songs in C major/common time, it's also got it's share of difficult keys and time signatures to play with.

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  • 5

    San Diego, CA
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  • September 10, 2008 VERY HELPFUL

    I loved this book because it not only gave me a bunch of good ideas for types of songs to sing at auditions but it picked out all the best parts for me to sing in 16 bars...very useful book.

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  • April 13, 2007 Very Helpful

    This book was perfectly put together. It has all songs in my range ! no more looking through random musicals to find ones that fit. They also include the most powerful 16 bar cut that they can in this book .

    37 of 62 people found this review helpful.
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