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Rare and Flop musicals that have good scores.

broadwayboy223
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I'm looking for rare or flop shows that have good scores because i'm trying to find some new audition material that isn't usually done. I would love some help in finding shows and scores, thank you!
brdway411
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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Passing Strange
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Swing
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Parade.
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Here's a thought to take with you as you look for something extremely rare for an audition so that you can be unique: while a lot of accompanists are generally very good sight readers, a lot of them still rely on having at least a passing familiarity with the song to help them (and thus you) get through it. If you bring in something completely unknown you run the chance of blowing an audition by not being able to have an accompanist play what is put in front of them properly.

Now I'm not saying that everybody has to sing from Les Mis or Phantom, but pulling out a super obscure piece that nobody knows is not always the best way to stand out at an audition.
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ajh
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The Bakers Wife, although every show queen worth his salt can quote Meadowlark verbatim at you. I know I can. But I won't....
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BobbyBubbi
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So TRUE! I auditioned with I've Got Your Number from LITTLE ME and the accompanist (a good one) was totally unaware of it. I bombed.
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Far From Home
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Christine (1960)
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In addition to AEA's always wise advice, let me add that you want the auditioners to listen to YOU, not spend their time thinking, "I know that song. What show is it from?"

You only need to avoid the most obviously overdone material ("Impossible Dream" in the 1960s, "Corner of the Sky" in the 1970s, probably "Defying Gravity" nowadays) UNLESS you can find a fresh way to sing it that doesn't betray the song.
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tazber
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I'd be happy to help, but there are obviously a ton of answers. Can you give us some more info like your type and range?

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neonlightsxo
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Everything that Encores does falls into this category.
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Rags.
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Mattbrain
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Anything by Michael John LaChiusa ever!
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bekk99
Swing
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The Grass Harp
Barnum
Grey Gardens
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
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Grey Gardens
Rags
Follies (technically it's a financial flop if you want to go on that definition)
Passion (again not a huge hit financially)
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iluvtheatertrash
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Rags
A Doll's Life
The Wild Party (LaChiusa)
Follies
Marie Christine
Goldilocks
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henrikegerman
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OH, BROTHER! and THE GRASS HARP

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jkstheatrescene
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I love the whole score to GRIND. Most people don't. However, "A New Man" from that show is pretty terrific.
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Big Fish
The Yearling
Follies
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Goldilocks
Redhead
New Girl in Town
Walking Happy
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Plain and Fancy
Fiorello!
The Rothschilds
Take Me Along
Rags
It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman!
Skyscraper
The Rink
How Now, Dow Jones
Subways are for Sleeping
Martin Guerre
The Witches of Eastwick
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Jane Eyre
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broadwayboy223
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To help like tazber said, im a baritone/baritenor. Anything above an F is hittable but not the best sounding. I can sing legit and belt styles.
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Rainbowhigh23
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Bridges of Madison County. I think "Before and after you", albeit under two minutes, would be a lovely song to sing for an audition.
RaisedOnMusicals
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Surprised no one has mentioned Mack and Mabel yet.

Great score.

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mjohnson2
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Though Michael John LaChiusa, Jason Robert Brown, and Stephen Sondheim have written some wonderful scores each (BOMC notwithstanding) I would not recommend that you perform anything written by them for an audition as their accompaniments are notoriously difficult, which may be a problem if you don't want the piano to be botched. I would recommend ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT, SMELL OF THE CROWD, I DO! I DO!, SEESAW, MY FAVORITE YEAR, or LOVE STORY

Also if you want to be super indie, you should sing something from this really obscure show called WICKED. Nobody knows any of the music, but it sure is good.
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Golden Boy
I Had A Ball

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