Broadway Audition Pieces for Young Boys from Newer Musicals

3 Songs for Young Boys from Newer Musicals

Billy Elliot the Musical
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“Electricity” from Billy Elliot the Musical by Elton John

Elton John’s musical received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards including the Laurence Oliver Award for Best New Musical in 2006 and the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2009. The main character is eleven-year-old Billy, who lives in a mining town. His father and brother have just started a yearlong strike leading to violent police attacks. While his father and brother are distracted, Billy meets the local dance teacher who discovers his unique ability to dance.

He takes lessons, but when his father finds out he is enraged. Billy quits for almost a year. When he does start dancing again, his father secretly watches him and also recognizes his son’s ability. The miners on strike pull together to buy a bus ticket for Billy to audition for the Royal Ballet School in London, but after a year of strike are unable to come up with the full amount. A miner who broke the strike offers hundreds of pounds to the dismay of Billy’s brother who loses hope in the mining strike. Billy gets into the school and leaves for London as the defeated miners return to unfair work conditions. This particular number is sung at the audition in London. Billy feels his dancing was not good enough and when asked how dancing makes him feel, he replies, “it’s a bit like being scared, confused and all mixed up and mad as hell… And suddenly I’m flying… and I’m free.” Range is E3 to C5.

“My Unfortunate Erection (Chip’s Lamant)” from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn

The 2005 Broadway production won six Tony Awards. The show tells the story of kids at a spelling bee final. This song explains why last year’s spelling bee winner misspelled a word early on: puberty.

The Boy Scout relates he did not even like the girl that caused the embarrassing erection just as he was supposed to spell a word. To humiliate him further, he now has to sell goods at the bake sale. He ends with, “Adulthood brings its own peculiar rejection which is why I’m selling this PTA confection. It will ruin your complexion, all because of my unfortunate erection.” It includes one swear word that can be replaced by crap. Range is from C4 to B5.

“What if” from The Addam’s Family by Andrew Lippa

The Addam’s Family opened on Broadway in 2010 and was nominated for two Tony Awards: best original score and best performance by a featured actor in a musical for Kevin Chamberlin as Uncle Fester. The story deals with several love stories focusing on Wednesday who has fallen in love with a “normal” boy, Lucas. Pugsley, Wednesday’s little brother, has just found her kissing Lucas and reminds her of their plans to drill a hole in his head. Wednesday is embarrassed by the abnormal comment and tells him to drill his own head, because she is with Lucas now and moving to a mountain top. He is devastated and sings, “What if she never tortures me anymore? How would I manage?” The song is deceptively hard to sing with the right amount of humor and serious concern for a sibling moving on.

With enough over-the-top emphatic concern mingled with the right amount of back phrasing, it could be a show stopper. Voice range is A3 to D5.