Junior acting majors at Carnegie Mellon took a class entitled "Singing for the Actor." They were taught that no matter what you wanted your career trajectory to be, there might be times when you were called upon to sing for your supper. Literally.
So maybe you've stumbled on this blog because you're a "straight" actor who is suddenly confronted with a musical audition. Or maybe all the material in your book is for an ingenue, and you're starting to age out of that category. Or maybe you just want to have some fun songs to sing as part of your audition repertoire.
Enter the character song. It's not about the singing, it's about the choices you make as an actor. Some of these songs can be sung by a man or a woman, if you adjust the key and change some pronouns. Some of them have been famously recorded by someone, like Josh Gad, for example, who was an acting major-- not a musical theatre major-- at CMU while I was there. His Singing for the Actor class certainly paid off. It can for you as well. Happy auditioning!
1. "In Summer" from Frozen
2. "Could I Leave You?" from Follies
3. "Getting Married Today" from Company
4. "I'm Not Wearing Underwear Today" from Avenue Q
5. "Hooverville" from Annie
7. "Little Girls" from Annie
8. "Marriage Tango" from I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
9. "Master of the House" from Les Miz
10. "Dentist" from Little Shop of Horrors