You open up the breakdown and panic: “Please bring your best 50’s/60’s rock song. Absolutely no musical theatre.”
Sorry kids, the snappy tunes in jukebox shows like All Shook Up and original shows like Memphis have major mass appeal, and they’re not going anywhere soon. Lucky you--this is basically the most fun genre ever to research, so start a Pandora station with one of the songs below, and go nuts!
Also, if you’re going in for a jukebox musical, no shame in bringing in a song by the featured artist. Just get creative and find something that’s not included in the musical’s score—this will show you did your research ;-)
Great Balls of Fire- Jerry Lee Lewis
Today I Met (The Boy I’m Gonna Marry)- Darlene Love
Bring it On Home to Me- Sam Cooke
You Can’t Hurry Love- The Supremes
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher- Jackie Wilson
I Only Wanna Be With You- Dusty Springfield
Calendar Girl- Neil Sedaka
This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)- Isley Brothers
It’s My Party- Lesley Gore
When a Man Loves a Woman- Percy Sledge
Long Tall Sally- Little Richard
Sweet Nothin’s- Brenda Lee
Stupid Cupid- Connie Francis
The Great Pretender- The Platters
Diana- Paul Anka
I feel like no one ever does this WONDERFUL, UNDER-RATED show. If you're discovering it for the first time, you're in for a treat!
I used to think that every person pursuing a musical theatre career should be required to swing. Like a theatrical version of compulsory military duty.
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