Musical-Specific Audition Songs

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.


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 (rather than a specific character), there’s always a chance of being cast in a leading or 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

Little Jazz Bird” – Lady, Be Good!

You’ve Got That Thing” – Fifty Million Frenchmen


Elisha Whitney

Cheek to Cheek” – Top Hat

Days Gone By” – She Loves Me

Sunny Side Up” – Good News!

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

That Mister Man of Mine” – Dames at Sea

The Physician” – The New Yorkers


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

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

Isn’t This a Lovely Day” – Top Hat

Leaning on a Lamp Post” – Me and My Girl


Moonface Martin

Beautiful Girl” – Singin’ in the Rain

Moses Supposes” – Singin’ in the Rain

There’s Nowhere to Go But Up” – Knickerbocker Holiday

When I Grow Up (The G-Man Song)” – Pins and Needles


Reno Sweeney

Forty-Second Street” – 42nd Street

Johnny One-Note” – Babes in Arms

Take It on the Chin” – Me and My Girl

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


Ensemble (Altos)

Can This Be Love?” – Fine and Dandy

My Funny Valentine” – Babes in Arms

You’re Easy to Dance With” – Top Hat


Ensemble (Baritones)

I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” – Blackbirds of 1928

Sunday in the Park” – Pins and Needles

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


Ensemble (Basses)

Oh, Lady Be Good!” – Lady, Be Good!

They Can’t Take That Away From Me” – Crazy for You

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


Ensemble (Contras)

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” – White Christmas

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

Willing to Ride” – Steel Pier


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Ensemble (Mezzo-Sopranos)

How Could We Be Wrong?” – Nymph Errant

Star Tar” – Dames at Sea

What Good Is Love?” – Pins and Needles


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Just Imagine” – Good News!

Most Gentlemen Don’t Like Love” – The New Yorkers

The Tale of the Oyster” – Fifty Million Frenchmen


Ensemble (Tenors)

Dames” – 42nd Street

All I Need Is the Girl” – Gypsy

Starting at the Bottom” – Fine and Dandy


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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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