Audition Song Suggestions for We Will Rock You the Musical – by Character
Written by Leryn Turlington
July 23, 2020
If you’re feeling “Under Pressure” preparing for a musical theatre audition for We Will Rock You, the West End hit jukebox musical inspired by Queen, then let Performer Stuff’s expert audition song coaches help you break free! Our recommendations come with links to purchase sheet music or an audition cut found on PerformerStuff.com. For further study, we provide links to listen to audition songs on both Youtube and a Spotify playlist. Break a leg and “Play the Game” with your audition for We Will Rock You the musical. Be sure to let us know if the audition song worked for you!
Please keep in mind that voice parts listed are loose guidelines, as rock vocalists often stretch their range well beyond traditional voice parameters.
Audition song suggestions for the character Galileo Figaro (tenor)
The protagonist of the play, Galileo, is an outcast on iPlanet– a dystopian Earth 300 years in the future, controlled by Globalsoft and ruled by the Killer Queen. He has strange dreams of lost lyrics and melodies, and we learn that he is the “bright star” of the Bohemians, fulfilling the prophecy of finding the lost live instruments and harkening the rebirth of rock and roll. Inspired by and thought to be a reincarnation of Freddy Mercury.
“Double Vision” by Foreigner
“Heroes” by David Bowie
Audition song suggestions for the character Scaramouche (rock soprano)
Scaramouche is Galileo’s partner-in-crime and love interest, who meets Galileo in the hospital after the Secret Police capture both. Her sharp wit and cynicism keep the duo on track as they lead the Bohemian rebel group and fulfill the prophecy. Eventually, her talent on guitar defeats the Killer Queen and frees iPlanet from commercial, automated musical doom. Thought to be the “babe” reincarnation of Queen’s lead guitarist, Brian May.
“Invincible” by Pat Benatar
“Under Attack” by ABBA
Audition song suggestions for the character Killer Queen (alto)
The power-hungry CEO of Globalsoft, the worldwide corporation responsible for suppressing all live music, and subsequently the iPlanet ruler.
“You Better Run” by Pat Benatar
“Trouble” by P!nk
Audition song suggestions for the character Khashoggi (baritone)
The right hand to Killer Queen and head of the Globalsoft Secret Police. Khashoggi ensures that all live music is destroyed, Bohemians are persecuted, rebels sent to the Seven Seas of Rhye, and commercial music homogeneity dominates. Name origins come from the Queen song, “Khashoggi’s Ship”, which references the Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi.
“Space Oddity” by David Bowie
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones
Audition song suggestions for the character Buddy (baritone)
Also known as “Pop” in some productions, Buddy is an elderly librarian and barkeep who Galileo and Scaramouche encounter in the Seven Seas of Rhye. Even the Khashoggi’s regime cannot erase the memories and “sacred musical texts” of long forbidden live music from his mind. He is a comedic character who is sometimes named from a combination of “grandfather” tropes in rock and roll music worldwide.
“In My Life” by the Beatles
“Blowing in the Wind” by Bob Dylan
Audition song suggestions for the character Brit and Oz (tenor/mezzo)
Brit and Oz are the two eccentric, leather-clad leaders of the Bohemian rebel group who strive to uncover the secrets of forbidden live music. They are unsure that Galileo is the “bright star” to fulfill the prophecy, but then believe his musical dreams are real. These characters have different names in productions, often based on male and female pop/rock icons of the day (i.e., Britney Spears and Ozzy Osbourne).
“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
“Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Audition song suggestions for Ensemble Characters (all vocal types)
Ensemble roles with extreme range and skill to fill the environment with various rSecret Police, Ga Ga Kids, Teen Queens, The Bohemians, Super Yuppies, Teachers, Doctors. May also understudy leading and supporting roles.
“Love is a Battlefield” by Pat Benatar
“Heart of Glass” by Blondie
“These Boots Are Made for Walking” by Nancy Sinatra
“Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
“Queens of Noise” by the Runaways
“Head Over Heels” by The Go Go’s
“If I Had You” by Adam Lambert
“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
“Rebel Rebel” by David Bowie
“Need You Tonight” by INXS
Listen to a Spotify Playlist of these audition songs here:
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