“Run and Tell That!” Audition Song Recommendations for Hairspray

Written by Tiffany Wilkie

June 12, 2018

If you’re auditioning for Hairspray soon, check out these audition numbers perfect for every role!

Auditioning for Tracey (Mezzo)


Our story’s unsuspecting protagonist, she is large and in charge. Confident, talented, and incredibly determined. A romantic with a good heart and desire to cut up the dance floor. Always on top of the latest trends.

1. “Not for the Life ­of Me” from Thoroughly Modern Millie



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2. “Pretty Funny” from Dogfight



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3. “Fly, Fly Away” from Catch Me if You Can



Auditioning for Corny Collins (Tenor)


The charismatic host of the Corny Collins’ Show. Good looking and smooth talking, he is a genuinely nice guy both on and off camera.

4. “Music of My Soul” from Memphis



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5. “Cry for Me” from Jersey Boys



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Auditioning for Edna Turnblad (Tenor)


Tracy’s big and blonde mother. She is a working housewife who has lost her confidence and dream to be a plus-size clothing designer. Boisterous and commanding. Played by a male in drag.

6. “Big Girls Don”t Cry” from Jersey Boys



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7. “Talent” from Ruthless



Auditioning for Penny Pingleton (Mezzo)


Tracy’s best friend and dorky sidekick. Not the brightest girl, but she has good intentions. Bursting to get free of her mother’s dominating control, she falls for Seaweed with childlike curiosity.

8. “When He Sees Me” from Waitress



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9. “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors



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10. “The Life I Never Lead” from Sister Act



Auditioning for Velma Von Tussle (Alto)


Amber’s mother and the director of Corny Collins’ show. She is a devious taskmaster and snobby racist. The former Miss Baltimore Crabs will go to any length to ensure her daughter is the next big thing.

11. “I Want the Good Times Back” from The Little Mermaid



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12. “Whatever Lola Wants” from Damn Yankees



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Auditioning for Amber Von Tussle (Mezzo)


Link’s girlfriend and Tracy’s nemesis. She is pretty, thin, shallow, snobby, and racist. Can’t dance but is expected to win Miss Baltimore Hairspray. Always feels the need to be the center of attention.

13. “Killer Instinct” from Bring it On



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14. “My Strongest Suit” from Aida



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Auditioning for Link Larkin (Baritone)


The star heartthrob on Corny Collins’ show. He is extremely attractive and talented. Hoping to get his big break with a recording contract, he unexpectedly falls for Tracy.

15. “I Chose Right” from Baby



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16. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” from Jersey Boys



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Auditioning for Seaweed J. Stubbs (Tenor)


Tracy’s classmate and friend, who is discriminated against due to his skin color. He is cocky but surprisingly lovable. Talented in song and dance. He falls for Penny.

17. “Let it Sing” from Violet



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18. “You Can”t Win” from The Wiz



Auditioning for Little Inez (Mezzo)


19. “Ain’t Nothing But a Kiss” from Memphis



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20. “Mama Said” by The Shirelles



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Auditioning for Motormouth Maybelle (Alto)


Seaweed and Little Inez’s mother, she also appears as the Guest DJ on the Corny Collin’s Negro Day show. Big, blonde, beautiful and proud of it. She is sassy and confident.

21. “Light Shine! Easy to Be Hard” from Hair



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Auditioning for Wilbur Turnblad (Baritone)


Tracy’s simpleminded and kind father. He owns a joke shop and supports his daughter in spite of everything else. He also loves his wife, Edna, very much.

22. “Mr. Cellophane” from Chicago



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Auditioning for Prudy Pingleton (Mezzo)


Penny’s strict mother. Very conservative, controlling, and closed minded.

23. “Never Get Married” from Honeymoon in Vegas



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Auditioning for The Corny Collins Kids, Students, Protestors (Various Ranges)


24. “Up the Ladder to the Roof” by the Supremes



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25. “I Can”t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” by Four Tops



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26. “Freddy, My Love” from Grease



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Tiffany Weagly-Wilkie is the Director of Theatricals for PerformerStuff.com. She also serves as the Casting Director for The Imagination House.