Those auditioning perform a portion of a song that is 16 bars/measures or about 30-45 seconds (not to exceed 1 minute) to a backing (karaoke) track of their choice. That means that there should not be any “lead vocals”. It should be instrumental only so that the student’s voice can really be showcased.
Journey produces MUSICALS, so the song should be a musical theater selection from Broadway-style show/composer. Do not sing a song from the show you are auditioning for. This allows the Artistic Team to consider you for many characters, rather than the character who sings this song.
Take their time when choosing and preparing an audition song. It’s important to research the show and the various characters then select a piece that helps showcase them for the role(s) they’re interested in. For example, if a student is most interested in playing the villain in the show, they should choose a song that captures that type of character. If they are interested in the comedic role, an upbeat funny song is a perfect choice. The judges may decide a different role is better for them, but the student should show their intention towards a character.
People who are hesitant about singing might want to consider a “patter” song that will showcase enunciation and an ability to perform to music.
To choose a song, you can listen to song samples on MTIshows.com or look up songs thru iTunes. You’ll need to purchase a KARAOKE or backing track which to perform. The judges really need to hear YOUR voice, so you are not allowed to sing along with a lead vocalist. Likewise, a cappella (without any accompaniment) auditions are not allowed.