The Best Audition Songs for A Little Night Music – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for A Little Night Music? 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 Little Night Music, by character.

Since A Little Night Music came out in the late 1970s, most of the songs below are also from pre-contemporary musicals (1970s-1990s). In addition, all of the Sondheim songs have been marked below for your convenience.


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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 Sondheim, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your casting call. And as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “A Little Night Music” 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 or libretto➝ while listening to the A Little Night Music cast album➝.


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.


Anne Egerman

All For You” – Saturday Night  (Sondheim)

Simple” – Nine

That’ll Show Him” – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  (Sondheim)

The Earth and Other Minor Things” – Gigi


Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm

Bring Me My Bride” – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  (Sondheim)

Funny” – City of Angels

Me” – Beauty and the Beast

Stay” – Do I Hear a Waltz?  (Sondheim lyrics)


Countess Charlotte Malcolm

Children Will Listen” – Into the Woods  (Sondheim)

Tell Me on a Sunday” – Song and Dance

Time Heals Everything” – Mack & Mabel

Unexpected Song” – Song and Dance


Desiree Armfeldt

Could I Leave You?” – Follies  (Sondheim)

I’m Still Here” – Follies  (Sondheim)

Losing My Mind” – Follies  (Sondheim)

Where is the Warmth?” – The Baker’s Wife


Fredrik Egerman

Guido’s Song” – Nine

I Won’t Send Roses” – Mack & Mabel

No One Has Ever Loved Me” – Passion  (Sondheim)

Only With You” – Nine


Henrik Egerman

Finishing the Hat” – Sunday in the Park with George  (Sondheim)

If I Have to Live Alone” – The Baker’s Wife

Johanna” – Sweeney Todd  (Sondheim)

Lesson #8” – Sunday in the Park with George  (Sondheim)


Madame Armfeldt

Chanson” – The Baker’s Wife

I Don’t Want to Know” – Dear World

The Ladies Who Lunch” – Company  (Sondheim)

What Would You Do?” – Cabaret


Petra

And I Was Beautiful” – Dear World

Do I Hear a Waltz?” – Do I Hear a Waltz?  (Sondheim lyrics)

Like It Was” – Merrily We Roll Along  (Sondheim)

Loving You” – Passion  (Sondheim)


Ensemble (Altos)

Children and Art” – Sunday in the Park with George  (Sondheim)

Goodbye for Now” – Reds  (Sondheim/film)

We Can Make It” – The Rink


Ensemble (Baritones)

Good Thing Going” – Merrily We Roll Along  (Sondheim)

Marianne” – The Grand Tour

Multitudes of Amys” – Company  (Sondheim/Cut)


Ensemble (Basses)

I Waltz Alone” – Grand Hotel

I’m Glad I’m Not Young Anymore” – Gigi

The Road You Didn’t Take” – Follies  (Sondheim)


Ensemble (Contras)

Before I Kiss the World Goodbye” – Jennie

The Story of Lucy and Jessie” – Follies  (Sondheim)

What You Need” – Grand Hotel


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

I Belong Here” – The Grand Tour

In Buddy’s Eyes” – Follies  (Sondheim)

Take Me to the World” – Evening Primrose  (Sondheim)


Ensemble (Sopranos)

I Never Do Anything Twice” – Side by Side by Sondheim  (Sondheim)

Not a Day Goes By” – Merrily We Roll Along  (Sondheim)

That Dirty Old Man” – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  (Sondheim)


Ensemble (Tenors)

Ladies in Their Sensitivities” – Sweeney Todd  (Sondheim)

Proud Lady” – The Baker’s Wife

Take the Moment” – Do I Hear a Waltz?  (Sondheim lyrics)


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for A Little Night Music:

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

• “Blue Stockings” in Contemporary Monologues for Teenagers: Female➝

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

• “How Can You Say That?➝” from Wild Honey  (Anna)

• “The Man I Could Bind Myself To➝” from A Doll’s House➝  (Nora)


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 Little Night Music Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in A Little Night Music 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:

“Overture / Night Waltz” – Company

Now” – Fredrik

Later” – Henrik

Soon” – Anne

“The Glamorous Life” – Fredrika, Desiree, Madam Armfeldt, Ensemble

“Remember?” – Ensemble

You Must Meet My Wife” – Desiree, Fredrik

Liaisons” – Madame Armfeldt

In Praise of Women” – Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm

Every Day a Little Death” – Countess Charlotte Malcolm, Anne

“A Weekend in the Country” – Company


Act 2:

“The Sun Won’t Set (Night Waltz I)” – Ensemble

“The Sun Sits Low (Night Waltz II)” – Ensemble

“It Would Have Been Wonderful” – Fredrik, Carl-Magnus

“Perpetual Anticipation (Night Waltz III)” – Ensemble

Send In the Clowns” – Desiree

The Miller’s Son” – Petra

“Finale” – Company


Which of these audition songs for A Little Night Music 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 Little Night Music.
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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