Re: Help! Suggestions for challenging soprano ballad??
As a soprano/mezzo I can say that I think "challenging soprano ballad" is an oxymoron.
Especially for a Music Man audition. Nothing that is style and period appropriate for that show is "challenging". I played Marian once upon a time, and I auditioned with "What Good Would the Moon Be?".
"Show Me" from MFL is challenging and period appropriate, but not a ballad. What does your teacher consider "challenging"? High notes? Difficult intervals? Sustained notes?
Maybe suggest "You Are Love" from Show Boat. Or "You'll Never Walk Alone". That's all I can think of!