The Best Audition Songs for An American in Paris – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for An American in Paris? 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 An American in Paris, broken down by character.

Since An American in Paris is a contemporary musical featuring songs from the 1920s/1930s, most of the following songs are from or in the style of that time period as well.


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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 uptempo, 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

An American in Paris 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 An American in Paris cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis. Or you can 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.


Jerry Mulligan

Grand Knowing You” – She Loves Me

Little Jazz Bird” – Lady, Be Good

She Loves Me” – She Loves Me

You’re Too Far Away” – Nymph Errant


Lise Dassin

How Long Has This Been Going On?” – Rosalie

Once You Lose Your Heart” – Me and My Girl

The Man I Love” – Lady, Be Good

You Are My Lucky Star” – Singin’ in the Rain


Milo Davenport

Better Luck Next Time” – Top Hat

I Get a Kick Out of You” – Anything Goes

Nobody Makes a Pass at Me” – Pins and Needles

Ten Cents a Dance” – Simple Simon


Ensemble (Altos)

My Funny Valentine” – Babes in Arms

Please Don’t Make Me Be Good” – The New Yorkers

The Physician” – The New Yorkers


Ensemble (Baritones)

A Kiss for Cinderella” – Of Thee I Sing

Just One of Those Things” – High Society

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


Ensemble (Basses)

Leaning on a Lamp Post” – Me and My Girl

Oh, Lady Be Good!” – Lady, Be Good

Treat Me Rough” – Girl Crazy


Ensemble (Contras)

Anything Goes” – Anything Goes

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

The Lady is a Tramp” – Babes in Arms


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye” – Anything Goes

I’m Just Wild About Harry” – Shuffle Along

Jimmy” – Thoroughly Modern Millie


Ensemble (Sopranos)

All the Things You Are” – Very Warm for May

Dear Friend” – She Loves Me

Would You?” – Singin’ in the Rain


Ensemble (Tenors)

All I Need is the Girl” – Gypsy

Broadway Baby” – Dames at Sea

I Turned the Corner” – Thoroughly Modern Millie


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for An American in Paris:

• “In a Minute” from The Anniversary➝  (Tatiana)

• “Marriage” from Sweet and Twenty➝  (The Agent)

• “The Ideal Man!” from A Woman of No Importance➝  (Mrs. Allonby)

• “You’re Quite a Girl➝” from 42nd Street  (Julian)

• “You’ve Got to Come Back a Star➝” from 42nd Street  (Julian)


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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An American in Paris Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in An American in Paris, 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.


Act 1:

“I Got Rhythm” – Henri, Adam, Jerry, Company

“I’ve Got Beginner’s Luck” – Jerry

“The Man I Love” – Lise

“Liza” – Jerry

“‘S Wonderful” – Adam, Henri, Jerry, Company

“Shall We Dance?” – Milo


Act 2:

“Fidgety Feet” – Jerry, Company

“Who Cares?” – Milo, Adam, Henri

“For You, For Me, For Evermore” – Lise, Henri, Jerry, Milo

“But Not for Me” – Adam, Milo

“I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise” – Henri, Adam, Company

“An American in Paris” – Company

“They Can’t Take That Away from Me” – Adam, Jerry, Henri


Which of these audition songs for An American in Paris 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 An American in Paris.
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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