The Best Audition Songs for Anything Goes – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Anything Goes? 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 Anything Goes, broken down by character.

Since Anything Goes came out in the 1930s, the suggested pieces below either come from 1920s/1930s musicals or musicals that are set in the 1920s/1930s.


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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 “Anything Goes 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 Anything Goes 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.


Billy Crocker

Broadway Baby” – Dames at Sea

Grand Knowing You” – She Loves Me

I Turned the Corner” – Thoroughly Modern Millie

What Do I Need With Love?” – Thoroughly Modern Millie


Elisha Whitney

I Don’t Understand the Poor” – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

I Waltz Alone” – Grand Hotel

Second Chance” – Steel Pier

Treat Me Rough” – Girl Crazy


Erma

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

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

My Funny Valentine” – Babes in Arms

That Mister Man of Mine” – Dames at Sea


Hope Harcourt

A Little Bit in Love” – Wonderful Town

But Not For Me” – Girl Crazy

Delishious” – Nice Work If You Can Get It

Someone to Watch Over Me” – Crazy for You


Lord Evelyn Oakleigh

A Kiss for Cinderella” – Of Thee I Sing

Grand Parade” – Grand Hotel

If I Were King of the Forest” – The Wizard of Oz

Love Can’t Happen” – Grand Hotel


Moonface Martin

Beautiful Girl” – Singin’ in the Rain

If I Only Had the Nerve” – The Wizard of Oz

Moses Supposes” – Singin’ in the Rain

My Daddy Always Taught Me to Share” – Grind


Reno Sweeney

Forty-Second Street” – 42nd Street

Take It on the Chin” – Me and My Girl

The Lady is a Tramp” – Babes in Arms

You’re Getting to Be a Habit With Me” – 42nd Street


Ensemble (Altos)

Can This Be Love?” – Fine and Dandy

Everybody’s Girl” – Steel Pier

The Physician” – The New Yorkers


Ensemble (Baritones)

I Happen to Like New York” – The New Yorkers

The Call of the Sea” – No, No, Nanette

What Do I Care for a Dame?” – Pal Joey


Ensemble (Basses)

Oh, Lady Be Good!” – Lady, Be Good

What a Waste” – Wonderful Town

Why Should I Wake Up?” – Cabaret


Ensemble (Contras)

Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” – George White’s Scandals

The Sailor of My Dreams” – Dames at Sea

Willing to Ride” – Steel Pier


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

Johnny One-Note” – Babes in Arms

Solomon” – Nymph Errant

Wall Street” – Dames at Sea


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Glad to Be Unhappy” – On Your Toes

The Man I Love” – Strike Up the Band

Would You?” – Singin’ in the Rain


Ensemble (Tenors)

All I Need is the Girl” – Gypsy

Little Jazz Bird” – Lady, Be Good

Singin’ in the Rain” – Singin’ in the Rain


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Anything Goes:

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

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

• “You Won’t Misunderstand Me” from The Goal➝  (Sir Stephen)

• “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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Anything Goes Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Anything Goes, 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:

I Get a Kick Out of You” – Reno Sweeney

“There’s No Cure Like Travel / Bon Voyage” – Captain, Ensemble

“You’re the Top” – Reno, Billy Crocker

Easy to Love” – Billy

“Easy to Love (Reprise)” – Hope

“The Crew Song” – Elisha J. Whitney

“There’ll Always Be a Lady Fair” – Ensemble

“Friendship” – Reno, Moonface Martin

“It’s De-Lovely” – Billy, Hope

Anything Goes” – Reno, Company


Act 2:

“Public Enemy Number One” – Captain, Purser, Ensemble

Blow, Gabriel, Blow” – Reno, Company

Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye” – Hope

Be Like the Bluebird” – Moonface Martin

“All Through the Night” – Billy, Hope, Ensemble

The Gypsy in Me” – Evelyn

Buddie, Beware” – Erma, Ensemble

“Finale / It’s De-lovely” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Anything Goes 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 Anything Goes.
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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