The Best Audition Songs for Anyone Can Whistle – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Anyone Can Whistle? 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 Anyone Can Whistle, broken down by character.

Since Anyone Can Whistle is a 1960s musical, the following songs are from 1960s-1970s musicals as well. In addition, there are lots of Sondheim songs below 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 uptempo, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call.


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 while listening to the Anyone Can Whistle 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, decide which character you’d like to audition for. And finally, choose a suitable song from the list below!


Cora Hooper Hoover

Before the Parade Passes By” – Hello, Dolly!

I’m Still Here” – Follies  (Sondheim)

Poor Everybody Else” – Seesaw

Say Yes” – 70, Girls, 70


Fay Apple

I’m a Brass Band” – Sweet Charity

Now’s the Time” – Hallelujah, Baby!

On the Other Side of the Tracks” – Little Me

Open the Window” – Anne of Green Gables


J. Bowden Hapgood

If You Can Find Me I’m Here” – Evening Primrose  (Sondheim)

Love, I Hear” – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  (Sondheim)

She Likes Basketball” – Promises, Promises

Your Eyes Are Blue” – Marry Me a Little  (Sondheim)


Ensemble (Altos)

I Put My Hand In” – Hello, Dolly!

Open a New Window” – Mame

The Usher from the Mezzanine” – Fade Out – Fade In


Ensemble (Baritones)

It Takes a Woman” – Hello, Dolly!

This is a Great Country” – Mr. President

Two a Day” – Parade


Ensemble (Basses)

My Wish” – Here’s Love

No, Mary Ann” – The Thing of It Is  (Sondheim)

Try to Remember” – The Fantasticks


Ensemble (Contras)

Send in the Clowns” – A Little Night Music  (Sondheim)

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

Why Do The Wrong People Travel?” – Sail Away


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Ensemble (Mezzo-Sopranos)

I Wanted to Change Him” – Hallelujah, Baby!

Sing Happy” – Flora, the Red Menace

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


Ensemble (Sopranos)

I Remember” – Evening Primrose  (Sondheim)

Magic Moment” – The Gay Life

You Don’t Know” – Here’s Love


Ensemble (Tenors)

I Do Not Know a Day I Did Not Love You” – Two by Two

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

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


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Anyone Can Whistle:

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

• “I Want You to Meet Harvey➝” from Harvey➝  (Elwood)

• “My Favorite Name➝” from Harvey➝  (Elwood)

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

• “Where Is He?➝” from The Father Clock➝  (Flub)


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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Anyone Can Whistle Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Anyone Can Whistle, 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:

“Me and My Town” – Cora, Ensemble

“Miracle Song” – Cora, Ensemble

There Won’t Be Trumpets” – Fay

“Simple” – Hapgood, Company


Act 2:

“A-1 March” – Company

“Come Play Wiz Me” – Fay, Hapgood, Ensemble

Anyone Can Whistle” – Fay

A Parade In Town” – Cora

Everybody Says Don’t” – Hapgood


Act 3:

“I’ve Got You to Lean On” – Cora, Ensemble

“See What It Gets You” – Fay

“Anyone Can Whistle (Reprise)” – Fay

“The Cookie Chase” – Company

With So Little to Be Sure Of” – Fay, Hapgood


Which of these audition songs for Anyone Can Whistle 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 Anyone Can Whistle.
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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