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Ballads that aren't overdone?? Longggg list of songs!

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if anyone is bored and feels like telling me which of these songs are ballads and NOT overdone at college auditions, it would be greatlyyyy appreciated!! i'm desperate! and you guys obviously don't have to tell me all of them, but i'll take anything i can get. ok, there's a lot of them..

Adventure - 'Do Re Mi'.
Ah, But Underneath - 'Follies'.
Don't Call Me Trailer Trash - 'Cowgirls'.
Heads Or Tails - 'Cowgirls'.
Teaching Third Grade - 'Ruthless'.
Who Will Love Me As I Am? - 'Side Show'.
Class - 'Chicago'.
Can You Find It In Your Heart? - 'Footloose'.
Always A Bridesmaid - 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change'.
You Don't Know This - 'Parade'.
Stars And The Moon - 'Songs For A New World'.
Gorgeous - 'The Apple Tree'.
My Child Will Forgive Me - From 'Parade'.
A Change In Me A Major - 'Beauty & The Beast'.
My New Philosophy - 'You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown'.
As If We Never Said Goodbye - From 'Sunset Boulevard'.
But Not For Me Bb Major - 'Girl Crazy'.
Don't Rain On My Parade - 'Funny Girl'.
Everything's Coming Up Roses - 'Gypsy'.
Honey Bun - 'South Pacific'.
I Had Myself A True Love - 'St. Louis Woman'.
I'd Give My Life For You - 'Miss Saigon'.
Just A Housewife - 'Working'.
The Ladies Who Lunch - 'Company'.
Let Me Finish - 'Song And Dance'.
Maybe This Time - From 'Cabaret'.
Mein Herr - 'Cabaret'.
Miss Marmelstein - 'I Can Get It For You Wholesale'.
My Heart Belongs To Daddy - 'Leave It To Me'.
A New Life - 'Jekyll & Hyde'.
Nothing - 'A Chorus Line'.
Nothing Really Happened - 'Is There Life After High School?'.
Rose's Turn - 'Gypsy'.
So What? - 'Cabaret'.
They Say It's Wonderful - 'Annie Get Your Gun'.
Third Letter Home - 'Song And Dance'.
Uptown, Downtown - 'Follies'.
When You're Good To Mama - From 'Chicago'.
With One Look - 'Sunset Boulevard'.
You Can't Get A Man With A Gun - 'Annie Get Your Gun'.
Someone Like You - 'Jekyll & Hyde'.
^That's Volume 3

Adelaide's Lament - 'Guys & Dolls'.
Another Hundred People - 'Company'.
As Long As He Needs Me - 'Oliver!'.
Everybody Loves Louis - 'Sunday In The Park With George'.
Fifty Percent - 'Ballroom'.
The Gentleman Is A Dope - 'Allegro'.
Hold On - 'The Secret Garden'.
I Can Cook Too - 'On The Town'.
I Dreamed A Dream - 'Les Miserables'.
I Get A Kick Out Of You - 'Anything Goes'.
I Never Has Seen Snow - 'House Of Flowers'.
I Want To Be Bad - 'Good News'.
I Wish I Were In Love Again - 'Babes In Arms'.
I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You - 'Evita'.
If He Walked Into My Life - 'Mame'.
If He Really Knew Me - 'They're Playing Our Song'.
It's A Helluva Way To Run A Love Affair - 'Plain And Fancy'.
Johnny One Note - 'Babes In Arms'.
Long Before I Knew You - 'Bells Are Ringing'.
Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee - 'Grease'.
The Music That Makes Me Dance - 'Funny Girl'.
My Husband Makes Movies - 'Nine'.
Never Never Land - 'Peter Pan'.
Now You Know - 'Merrily We Roll Along'.
On My Own - 'Les Miserables'.
The Party's Over - 'Bells Are Ringing'.
Small World - 'Gypsy'.
Someone Else's Story - 'Chess'.
The Sweetest Sounds - 'No Strings'.
Tell Me On A Sunday - 'Song And Dance'.
There Won't Be Trumpets - 'Anyone Can Whistle'.
A Trip To The Library - 'She Loves Me'.
The Wages Of Sin - 'The Mystery Of Edwin Drood'.
We Deserve Each Other - 'Me And Juliet'.
What I Did For Love - 'A Chorus Line'.
Who Knows - 'I Can Get If For You Wholesale'.
Paris Makes Me Horny - 'Victor/Victoria'.
Shy - 'Once Upon A Mattress'.
^Volume 2

Always True To You In My Fashion - 'Kiss Me, Kate'.
An Old Man - 'Two By Two'.
Anyone Can Whistle - 'Anyone Can Whistle'.
By The Sea - From 'Sweeney Todd'.
A Cockeyed Optimist - 'South Pacific'.
Could I Leave You - 'Follies'.
Don't Cry For Me Argentina - 'Evita'.
He Wasn't You - 'On A Clear Day You Can See Forever' .
How Are Things In Glocca Morra - 'Finian's Rainbow'.
I Cain't Say No - 'Oklahoma!'.
I'm In Love With A Wonderful Guy - 'South Pacific'.
In Buddy's Eyes (Buddy's There) - 'Follies'.
The Lady Is A Tramp - 'Babes In Arms'.
Look To The Rainbow - 'Finian's Rainbow'.
Losing My Mind - 'Follies'.
Memory - 'Cats'.
The Miller's Son - 'A Little Night Music'.
Send In The Clowns - 'A Little Night Music'.
What Did I Have That I Don't Have? - 'On A Clear Day You Can See Forever'.
Why Can't You Behave? - 'Kiss Me, Kate'.
Worst Pies In London - 'Sweeney Todd'.
Don't Tell Mama - 'Cabaret'.
Broadway Baby - 'Follies'.
Cabaret - 'Cabaret'.
Dance: Ten; Looks: Three - 'A Chorus Line'.
Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend - 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'.
Doin' What Comes Natur'lly - 'Annie Get Your Gun'.
Funny Honey - 'Chicago'.
Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm - 'How To Succeed In Business...'.
The Hostess With The Mostes' On The Ball - 'Call Me Madam'.
I Ain't Down Yet - 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown'.
I Enjoy Being A Girl - 'Flower Drum Song'.
I Got The Sun In The Morning - 'Annie Get Your Gun'.
Some People - 'Gypsy'.
Stepsisters' Lament - 'Cinderella'.
Take Back Your Mink - 'Guys And Dolls'.
Turn Back, O Man - 'Godspell'.
Ain't There Anyone Here For Love? - 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'.
What Would You Do? - 'Cabaret'.
^Volume 1
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ANYTHING from Les Mis is automatically overdone. Most of the ones from Cabaret are as well. Memory from Cats - blehhhh. Don't Cry For Me Argentina. My New Philosophy. Shy from OUAM. Chicago ones have been popular since the movie came out. Don't Rain on My Parade & Everything's Coming Up Roses. A Chorus Line is fairly popular too. Adelaide's Lament. As Long as he Needs Me.

Those are the ones I've heard over and over again at junior high & high school auditions, at least.

There's not any on there but WICKED. If I hear another teenage girl who thinks she's Kristin Chenoweth sing 'Popular'.... I may explode.
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ohh i definitely know that those are overdone. i found this list somewhere and copied it onto here...i saw so many that i knew were overdone, so that's why i was interested in the songs that are both ballads and NOT overdone. thanks though!
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In about five months, you can add "Sail Me Away" to that list.
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withoutlove78
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hmm i don't know that song. but oh well, college auditions will be long over in 5 months. thanks anyway!
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It's from Lestat. re: Ballads that aren't overdone?? Longggg list of songs!
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oh ok, thanks!
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watch "Connie & Carla", LOL!
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When I go into a bar or cabaret - I always want to throw up when they start singing "Maybe this Time" or "Cabaret", It's like "Okay, do we have any other songs tonight? Play Nessun Dorma or something!" (Since I know most are not going to stand around singing Puccini with their cocktails, LOL!)
However, I said that once when a friend of mine was playing in the lounge and he said "Oh, You're here, Okay!" and started playing it, very well I might add, then came back at me with:
"Come over to the mike and sing it for us!"
and I looked over and said:
"I can't, You are playing it in Sarah Brightman's key"
He called me on that one - I didn't know he knew it by heart!
Of course, Had I had a few cocktails first, I would have taken the mike, LOL!
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what's my new philosophy from?
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you're a good man charlie brown
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Here's what I thought wasnt overdone, and to be honest I guessed on what I didnt know. Good luck! I'm going through the same thing right now (my CCM audition is in 12 days!!!!!!!)... Hope your song gets u into ur dream school!

Who Will Love Me As I Am? - 'Side Show'.
Always A Bridesmaid - 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change'.
My Child Will Forgive Me - From 'Parade'.
I Had Myself A True Love - 'St. Louis Woman'.
Just A Housewife - 'Working'.
Miss Marmelstein - 'I Can Get It For You Wholesale'.
My Heart Belongs To Daddy - 'Leave It To Me'.
Nothing Really Happened - 'Is There Life After High School?'.
They Say It's Wonderful - 'Annie Get Your Gun'.
^That's Volume 3

The Gentleman Is A Dope - 'Allegro'.
I Never Has Seen Snow - 'House Of Flowers'.
If He Walked Into My Life - 'Mame'.
If He Really Knew Me - 'They're Playing Our Song'.
Long Before I Knew You - 'Bells Are Ringing'.
My Husband Makes Movies - 'Nine'.
The Party's Over - 'Bells Are Ringing'.
There Won't Be Trumpets - 'Anyone Can Whistle'.
We Deserve Each Other - 'Me And Juliet'.
Who Knows - 'I Can Get If For You Wholesale'.
^Volume 2


Anyone Can Whistle - 'Anyone Can Whistle'.
How Are Things In Glocca Morra - 'Finian's Rainbow'.
Look To The Rainbow - 'Finian's Rainbow'.
The Miller's Son - 'A Little Night Music'.
Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm - 'How To Succeed In Business...'.
The Hostess With The Mostes' On The Ball - 'Call Me Madam'.
Turn Back, O Man - 'Godspell'.
^Volume 1
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thanks a lot! my CCM audition is on feb 4...GOOD LUCK!
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I don't know about all of the songs you listed, but below are some over-done/stay away from for various reason songs.

Don't Call Me Trailer Trash - 'Cowgirls'--not overdone, but not a ballad--should be done very uptempo.
Who Will Love Me As I Am? - 'Side Show'--I would stay away from this one. I don't know if it's overdone at college auditions, but a lot of musical theatre programs seem to have been using it for class projects lately.
Class - 'Chicago'--Traditionally a duet.
You Don't Know This Man- 'Parade'--This is a great song, but might be tough for a high school senior to relate to.
Stars And The Moon - 'Songs For A New World'--VERY over done, plus accompaniests hate Jason Robert Brown.
My Child Will Forgive Me - From 'Parade'--even harder for a teenager to relate to than You Don't Know This Man (not really age appropriate).
A Change In Me- 'Beauty & The Beast'--I would say overdone.
My New Philosophy - 'You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown'--overdone.
As If We Never Said Goodbye - From 'Sunset Boulevard'--not at all age appropriate.
Don't Rain On My Parade - 'Funny Girl'--Never do a song that is associated with a specific person, plus not a ballad.
Everything's Coming Up Roses - 'Gypsy'--Again, everyone thinks "Ethel Merman" when they hear this title.
Honey Bun - 'South Pacific'--Not a ballad.
Just A Housewife - 'Working'--not really age appropriate.
The Ladies Who Lunch - 'Company'--Definitely not age appropriate (plus it's Elaine Stritch's role).
Maybe This Time - From 'Cabaret'--not appropriate.
A New Life - 'Jekyll & Hyde'--I think of this as overdone.
Nothing - 'A Chorus Line'--definitely overdone
Rose's Turn - 'Gypsy'--NO.
So What? - 'Cabaret'--Not age appropriate.
With One Look - 'Sunset Boulevard'--not age appropriate
Someone Like You - 'Jekyll & Hyde'--definitely overdone.

Adelaide's Lament - 'Guys & Dolls'--very overdone.
Another Hundred People - 'Company'--not a ballad
As Long As He Needs Me - 'Oliver!'--overdone.
I Dreamed A Dream - 'Les Miserables'--overdone
If He Walked Into My Life - 'Mame'--not age appropriate
On My Own - 'Les Miserables'--VERY overdone.
What I Did For Love - 'A Chorus Line'--overdone
Shy - 'Once Upon A Mattress'--overdone

Always True To You In My Fashion - 'Kiss Me, Kate'--this should be an uptemo.
By The Sea - From 'Sweeney Todd'--Don't do anything that is currently on Broadway.
Don't Cry For Me Argentina - 'Evita'--overdone
I Cain't Say No - 'Oklahoma!'--overdone
Memory - 'Cats'--NO.
Worst Pies In London - 'Sweeney Todd'--again, it's on Broadway
Cabaret - 'Cabaret'--Liza's song.
Take Back Your Mink - 'Guys And Dolls'--Just stay away from Guys and Dolls in general.
withoutlove78
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wow thanks a lot. that was a big help =)
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Why do accompanists hate JRB??
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Just from listening to L5Y, it seems like his accompaniment parts are very intricate. This puts accompanists on the spot, which is not something that you really want to do at an audtion; you want to make it as easy for them as you can so that they can help you look good.
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You're right, Shay, plus sometimes it's like Sondheim where the underscoring doesn't realy go with the vocals at all, so it's hard to keep on track if it's never been rehearsed together. Also, all of his work is pretty overdone, and some (Last Five Years) really isn't age-appropriate (I mean, at 18 can you really be singing about auditioning against girls who are "Younger and thinner" than you?).
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Some of Lippa's material may be hard to accompany as well.
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ok thanks everyone =)