The Best Audition Songs for 42nd Street – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for 42nd Street? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for 42nd Street, by character.

42nd Street is a pre-contemporary musical that’s set in the 1930s. Because of that, most of the songs below are also from musicals set in the 1920s/1930s. In addition, there is a classic and upbeat vibe to many of these songs in order to match the style of the show.


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Step 1: Read your audition details

Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something upbeat, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “42nd Street Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist


Step 2: Get to know the show

In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to read through the synopsis while listening to the 42nd Street cast album➝. Alternatively, you could watch the live recording➝.


Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.

There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.

And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (and not a specific character), there’s always a chance you might get chosen for a leading/supporting role!

To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.


Billy Lawlor

All I Need is the Girl” – Gypsy

Broadway Baby” – Dames at Sea

Little Jazz Bird” – Lady, Be Good

Nice Work If You Can Get It” – Nice Work If You Can Get It


Dorothy Brock

All Falls Down” – Chaplin

Lost and Found” – City of Angels

No Man Left for Me” – The Will Rogers Follies

Only in New York” – Thoroughly Modern Millie


Julian Marsh

A Kiss for Cinderella” – Of Thee I Sing

I Happen to Like New York” – The New Yorkers

Second Chance” – Steel Pier

Stay With Me” – City of Angels


Peggy Sawyer

Anything Goes” – Anything Goes

Blow, Gabriel, Blow” – Anything Goes

I Get a Kick Out of You” – Anything Goes

Johnny One-Note” – Babes in Arms


Ensemble (Altos)

My Funny Valentine” – Babes in Arms

Somebody Older” – Steel Pier

That Mister Man of Mine” – Dames at Sea


Ensemble (Baritones)

Beautiful Girl” – Singin’ in the Rain

Leaning on a Lamp Post” – Me and My Girl

You Were Meant for Me” – Singin’ in the Rain


Ensemble (Basses)

Easy to Love” – Anything Goes

Oh, Lady Be Good!” – Lady, Be Good

Why Should I Wake Up?” – Cabaret


Ensemble (Contras)

Boy! What Love Has Done to Me” – Girl Crazy

The Sailor of My Dreams” – Dames at Sea

Willing to Ride” – Steel Pier


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Ensemble (Mezzo-Sopranos)

Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye” – Anything Goes

Wall Street” – Dames at Sea

What Good Is Love?” – Pins and Needles


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Glad to Be Unhappy” – On Your Toes

Most Gentlemen Don’t Like Love” – Leave It to Me

Would You?” – Singin’ in the Rain


Ensemble (Tenors)

Grand Knowing You” – She Loves Me

Singin’ in the Rain” – Singin’ in the Rain

Starting at the Bottom” – Fine and Dandy


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for 42nd Street:

• “Green Pepper➝” from Cocktails at Pam’s  (Estelle)

• “I Don’t Know➝” from Sun Dried➝  (Mary Louise)

• “Where Is He?➝” from The Father Clock➝  (Flub)

• “Wholeheartedly in Love” from Overruled➝

• “You Won’t Misunderstand Me” from The Goal➝  (Sir Stephen)


Final Step: Prepare for your audition

After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!


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42nd Street Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in 42nd Street along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.

* That said, if you’ve specifically been asked to sing a song from the show, you can find the sheet music for the best possible audition songs below.


Act I:

“Young and Healthy” – Billy, Peggy

“Shadow Waltz” – Maggie, Dorothy, Ensemble

“Go into Your Dance” – Maggie, Peggy, Annie, Phyllis, Lorraine, Andy

You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me” – Dorothy

“Getting Out of Town” – Maggie, Bert, Ensemble

Dames” – Billy, Ensemble

“I Know Now” – Dorothy, Billy, Ensemble

“We’re in the Money” – Annie, Phyllis, Lorraine, Peggy, Billy, Ensemble

“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” – Dorothy


Act 2:

“Sunny Side to Every Situation” – Annie, Ensemble

“Lullaby of Broadway” – Julian, Company

“About a Quarter to Nine” – Dorothy, Peggy

“Shuffle Off to Buffalo” – Bert, Maggie, Annie, Ensemble

Forty-Second Street” – Peggy, Ensemble

“Finale / Forty-Second Street” – Julian


Which of these audition songs for 42nd Street did you choose?

And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for 42nd Street.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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