The Best Audition Songs for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder? 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 A Gentleman’s Guide, broken down by character.

Since A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a contemporary musical set in the early 1900s, many of the songs below are from musicals that are set in or around that time period. There are also lots of character/comedic pieces included 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 “Gentleman’s Guide” 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 A Gentleman’s Guide 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.


Miss Mariette Shingle

Brimstone and Treacle” – Mary Poppins

It’s a Fine Life” – Oliver!

Just You Wait” – My Fair Lady

They Don’t Know” – Thoroughly Modern Millie


Montague “Monty” Navarro

If I Left London” – Chaplin

The Life That You Wished For” – Chaplin

Til I Hear You Sing” – Love Never Dies

Why Does She Love Me?” – Love Never Dies


Phoebe D’Ysquith

How Will I Know?” – Death Takes a Holiday

Nelson” – A Day in Hollywood, a Night in the Ukrain

The Finer Things” – Jane Eyre

Who Is This Man?” – Death Takes a Holiday


Sibella Hallward

Dear Friend” – She Loves Me

Moonfall” – The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Vanilla Ice Cream” – She Loves Me

Will He Like Me?” – She Loves Me


The D’Ysquith Family

Barrett’s Song” – Titanic

How Did They Build the Titanic?” – Titanic

It Must Be Believed to Be Seen” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Sennett Song” – Chaplin


Ensemble (Altos)

Land of Yesterday” – Anastasia

When the Music Played” – Doctor Zhivago

Words, Words, Words” – The Witches of Eastwick


Ensemble (Baritones)

I Can’t Recall” – A Tale of Two Cities

In a Crowd of Thousands” – Anastasia  [Dmitry’s part]

Where Are All the People?” – Chaplin


Ensemble (Basses)

I Waltz Alone” – Grand Hotel

Love Sneaks In” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Night Will Come” – Groundhog Day


Ensemble (Contras)

All Falls Down” – Chaplin

Close the Door” – Anastasia

Daybreak” – Amazing Grace


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

Being Mrs. Banks” – Mary Poppins

How the Other Half Lives” – Thoroughly Modern Millie

In My Dreams” – Anastasia


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Daddy’s Girl” – Grey Gardens

What Only Love Can See” – Chaplin

Will You?” – Grey Gardens


Ensemble (Tenors)

A Bit of Earth” – The Secret Garden

My Petersburg” – Anastasia

No Moon” – Titanic


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for A Gentleman’s Guide:

• “Bernhardt/Hamlet (#1)” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Fifty-Two From Sixty-Four➝” from The Forced Marriage➝

• “I Shall Go Mad!” from Fourteen➝

• “Sherlock Holmes & the … Elusive Ear” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Tommy Has Proposed” from An Ideal Husband➝  (Mabel)


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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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in A Gentleman’s Guide, 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 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:

“A Warning to the Audience” – Ensemble

“You’re a D’Ysquith” – Miss Shingle, Monty

I Don’t Know What I’d Do” – Sibella

Foolish to Think” – Monty

“A Warning to Monty” – Ensemble

I Don’t Understand the Poor” – Lord Adalbert, Ensemble

“Foolish to Think (Reprise)” – Monty, Reverend Lord Ezekial

“Poison in My Pocket” – Monty, Asquith Jr.

Poor Monty” – Sibella

“Better With a Man” – Henry, Monty

“Inside Out” – Phoebe, Monty

“Lady Hyacinth Abroad” – Lady Hyacinth, Monty, Ensemble

“The Last One You’d Expect” – Company


Act 2:

“Why Are All the D’Ysquith’s Dying” – Ensemble

Sibella” – Monty

“I’ve Decided to Marry You” – Phoebe, Sibella, Monty

“Final Warning” – Ensemble

“Poison in My Pocket (Reprise)” – Monty

“Looking Down the Barrel” – Lord Adalbert, Ensemble

“Stop! Wait! What?!” – Monty, Detective

“That Horrible Woman” – Sibella, Phoebe, Detective, Magistrate

“Finale” – Company


Which of these audition songs for A Gentleman’s Guide 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 A Gentleman's Guide.
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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