The Best Audition Songs for Annie Get Your Gun – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Annie Get Your Gun? 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 Annie Get Your Gun, by character.

Since Annie Get Your Gun is a golden age musical, most of the songs below are from golden age/post-golden age musicals as well. Additionally, many of the following songs have a hint of country in them 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 “Annie Get Your Gun 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 Annie Get Your Gun 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.


Annie Oakley

A Cockeyed Optimist” – South Pacific

Doatsy Mae” – The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

I Ain’t Down Yet” – The Unsinkable Molly Brown

I Put My Hand In” – Hello, Dolly!

I Cain’t Say No” – Oklahoma!


Frank Butler

All I Owe Ioway” – State Fair

If Ever I Would Leave You” – Camelot

I’ll Never Say No” – The Unsinkable Molly Brown

The Surrey With the Fringe on Top” – Oklahoma!

Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” – Oklahoma!


Ensemble (Altos)

The Deadwood Stage” – Calamity Jane

Ladies” – Destry Rides Again

Satin and Silk” – Silk Stockings


Ensemble (Baritones)

If I Knew” – The Unsinkable Molly Brown

The Man I Used to Be” – Pipe Dream

They Call the Wind Maria” – Paint Your Wagon


Ensemble (Basses)

Get Me to the Church on Time” – My Fair Lady

I Still See Elisa” – Paint Your Wagon

Wand’rin’ Star” – Paint Your Wagon


Ensemble (Contras)

A Little Girl from Little Rock” – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

How Can I Wait?” – Paint Your Wagon

Just Blew in From the Windy City” – Calamity Jane


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

I Can Cook Too” – On the Town

Sweet Thursday” – Pipe Dream

The Next Time it Happens” – Pipe Dream


Ensemble (Sopranos)

A Little Bit in Love” – Wonderful Town

Many a New Day” – Oklahoma!

The Pussy Foot” – Goldilocks


Ensemble (Tenors)

Old Devil Moon” – Finian’s Rainbow

Shall I Take My Heart” – Goldilocks

You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” – South Pacific


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Annie Get Your Gun:

• “Goin’ North” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝

• “Jugger’s Rain #1” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

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

• “What Truth?” from The Cherry Orchard➝

• “Wilderness of Mirrors” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝


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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Annie Get Your Gun Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Annie Get Your Gun 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:

“Colonel Buffalo Bill” – Charlie, Dolly, Ensemble

I’m a Bad, Bad Man” – Frank

Doin’ What Comes Naturally” – Annie, Ensemble

“The Girl That I Marry” – Frank, Annie

You Can’t Get a Man” – Annie

“There’s No Business Like Show Business” – Frank, Buffalo Bill, Charlie, Annie, Ensemble

“They Say It’s Wonderful” – Annie, Frank

Moonshine Lullaby” – Annie, Ensemble

“There’s No Business Like Show Business (Reprise)” – Annie

My Defenses Are Down” – Frank, Ensemble

“I’m an Indian, Too” – Annie

“You Can’t Get a Man (Reprise)” – Annie


Act 2:

I Got Lost In His Arms” – Annie, Ensemble

I Got the Sun in the Morning” – Annie, Ensemble

“An Old-Fashioned Wedding” – Annie, Frank

“The Girl That I Marry (Reprise)” – Frank

“Anything You Can Do” – Annie, Frank

“They Say It’s Wonderful (Finale)” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Annie Get Your Gun 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 Annie Get Your Gun.
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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