The Best Audition Songs for All Shook Up – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for All Shook Up? 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 All Shook Up, broken down by character.

All Shook Up is a contemporary musical that’s set in the 1950s. Because of that, most of the following songs have a 1950s vibes to them. There are also a few non-musical theatre 1950s/60s songs below in case your audition specifically calls for that.


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

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “All Shook Up 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 All Shook Up 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.


Chad

Heartbeat” – Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Music of My Soul” – Memphis

Radio” – Memphis

Serve Yourself” – Pump Boys and Dinettes


Dean Hyde

Alone at the Drive-In Movie” – Grease

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” – Jersey Boys

Cry for Me” – Jersey Boys

Those Magic Changes” – Grease


Dennis

Baby Don’t Go” – The Cher Show/Sonny & Cher

Earth Angel” – The Penguins  [50s pop/non-theatre]

Mooning” – Grease

Since I Don’t Have You” – Baby It’s You/The Skyliners


Jim

Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer” – The Four Lads  [50s pop/non-theatre]

It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” – Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Magic Moments” – Perry Como  [50s pop/non-theatre]

Who’s Sorry Now?” – Return to the Forbidden Planet


Lorraine

All I Need is an Angel” – Grease Live!

Be Anything” – Connie Francis  [50s pop/non-theatre]

Don’t Make Me Over” – Dionne Warwick  [60s pop/non-theatre]

There Are Worse Things I Could Do” – Grease


Miss Sandra

I Say a Little Prayer” – Dionne Warwick/Promises, Promises

Lost and Found” – City of Angels

One of the Boys” – 9 to 5

With Every Breath I Take” – City of Angels


Natalie Haller/Ed

Freddy My Love” – Grease

Hopelessly Devoted to You” – Grease

It’s Raining on Prom Night” – Grease

Screw Loose” – Cry Baby


Sylvia

Ain’t Nothin’ But a Kiss” – Memphis

Mama Said” – Baby It’s You/The Shirelles

Maybe” – The Chantels  [50s pop/non-theatre]

Someday” – Memphis


Ensemble (Altos)

I Only Want to Be With You” – Dusty Springfield  [non-musical theatre]

Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee” – Grease

Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee (Reprise)” – Grease


Ensemble (Baritones)

Beauty School Dropout” – Grease

Greased Lightnin’” – Grease

Rhythm of the Rain” – Baby It’s You/The Cascades


Ensemble (Basses)

Mona Lisa” – Nat King Cole  [non-musical theatre]

One Last Kiss” – Bye Bye Birdie

True Love Ways” – Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story


Ensemble (Contras)

It’s a Business” – Curtains

Maybe (Baby)” – Grease Live!

Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” – Lesley Gore  [non-theatre]


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Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Easy to Say” – Zombie Prom

Sincerely” – The McGuire Sisters  [non-musical theatre]

Where the Boys Are” – Connie Francis  [non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Tenors)

Big Love” – Memphis

How Can I Say Goodbye?” – Zombie Prom

Sandy” – Grease


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for All Shook Up:

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

• “Harvey and I➝” from Harvey➝  (Elwood)

• “I Can’t Write” from The Genius➝

• “Johnny Talks Kids➝” from Frankie and Johnny…  (Johnny)

• “Well Done, Junior Disaster Committee!➝” from Cry-Baby  (Baldwin)


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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All Shook Up Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in All Shook Up, 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:

Jailhouse Rock” – Chad, Ensemble

“Love Me Tender” – Natalie, Dennis

“Heartbreak Hotel” – Henrietta, Dennis, Sylvia, Lorraine, Jim, Ensemble

“Roustabout” – Chad

One Night With You” – Natalie

“C’mon Everybody” – Chad, Natalie, Dennis, Company

“Follow That Dream” – Chad, Natalie

“Hound Dog” / “Teddy Bear” – Chad, Miss Sandra, Dennis, Natalie

“That’s All Right” – Sylvia, Lorraine, Chad, Dennis, Dean, Ensemble

“Devil in Disguise” – Mayor Matilda, Ensemble

“It’s Now or Never” – Dean, Lorraine, Company

“Blue Suede Shoes” – Natalie (Ed), Chad

Don’t Be Cruel” – Chad, Jim

Let Yourself Go” – Miss Sandra, Ensemble

“Can’t Help Falling In Love” – Company


Act 2:

“All Shook Up” – Company

It Hurts Me” – Dennis, Company

“A Little Less Conversation” – Natalie (Ed), Company

“The Power of My Love” – Chad, Jim, Miss Sandra

I Don’t Want To” – Chad

There’s Always Me” – Sylvia

“If I Can Dream” – Chad, Lorraine, Dean, Company

Fools Fall In Love” – Natalie, Company

“Burning Love” – Company


Which of these audition songs for All Shook Up 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 All Shook Up.
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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