The Best Audition Songs for 9 to 5 – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for 9 to 5? 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 9 to 5, broken down by character.

Since 9 to 5 is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from musicals between 1990-2020. In addition, there are lots of country and pop vibes below 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 “9 to 5 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 listen to the 9 to 5 cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.


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.


Doralee Rhodes

Asheville” – Bright Star

I Could’ve Gone to Nashville” – Nunsense

If You Knew My Story” – Bright Star

Oklahoma?” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


Franklin Hart

Don’t Break the Rules” – Catch Me If You Can

Great Big Stuff” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Man” – The Full Monty

What Is It About Her?” – The Wild Party


Joe

Bright Star” – Bright Star

Heartbreaker” – Bright Star

It All Fades Away” – The Bridges of Madison County

Time” – Tuck Everlasting


Judy Bernly

Beautiful” – It Shoulda Been You

Days and Days” – Fun Home

Holding to the Ground” – Falsettos

I Never Wanted This” – It Shoulda Been You


Roz Keith

Betsy’s Getting Married” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Life With Harold” – The Full Monty

The Lady’s Improving” – The Prom

What Was a Woman to Do?” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


Violet Newstead

As We Stumble Along” – The Drowsy Chaperone

Here I Am” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

It’s Not About Me” – The Prom

Jet Set” – Catch Me If You Can


Ensemble (Altos)

A Little Bit Less Than” – It Shoulda Been You

At Long Last” – Bright Star

I Am Playing Me” – Title of Show


Ensemble (Baritones)

Be the Hero” – Big Fish

If I Didn’t Believe in You” – The Last Five Years

That’s What I Could Do” – Violet


Ensemble (Basses)

Coffee Shop Nights” – Curtains

Love Sneaks In” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Temporarily Lost” – The Bridges of Madison County


Ensemble (Contras)

Flying Home” – Songs for a New World

Mr. Hopalong Heartbreak” – Urban Cowboy

When the Booth Goes Bright” – Amélie


Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Even Though” – I Love You Because

Lay Down Your Head” – Violet

On My Way” – Violet


Ensemble (Tenors)

Breeze Off the River” – The Full Monty

God Answered My Prayers” – Hands on a Hardbody

Last Time I Came to Memphis” – Violet


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for 9 to 5:

• “Aunt Dan and Lemon” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

• “Demigod” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

• “Heaven in Your Pocket” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “Mom, Dad and a Bad Idea (#1)” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Playing With Fired” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝


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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9 to 5 Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in 9 to 5, 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 1:

“Nine to Five” – Violet, Doralee, Dwayne, Judy, Ensemble

“Around Here” – Violet, Ensemble

Here for You” – Franklin, Ensemble

I Just Might” – Judy, Doralee, Violet, Ensemble

Backwoods Barbie” – Doralee, Ensemble

“The Dance o’ Death” – Judy, Franklin

“Cowgirl’s Revenge” – Doralee, Ensemble

“Potion Notion” – Violet, Ensemble

“Joy to the Girls” – Ensemble

Heart to Hart” – Roz, Ensemble

“Shine Like the Sun” – Doralee, Judy, Violet, Ensemble


Act 2:

One of the Boys” – Violet, Ensemble

5 to 9” – Roz

Change It” – Doralee, Violet, Judy, Ensemble

“Let Love Grow” – Joe, Violet

Get Out and Stay Out” – Judy

“Finale (Nine to Five)” – Company


Which of these audition songs for 9 to 5 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 9 to 5.
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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