Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for Bandstand – by Character

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

Since Bandstand is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from shows between the 2000s – 2020s. There are also lots of jazzy selections below to match the musical’s style.


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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: Study the show

Before auditioning, you should get familiar with the show, and listening to the cast album is a great way to do that. Here’s where you can learn more about Bandstand.


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


Donny

Come Back” – Dogfight

Butter Outta Cream” – Catch Me If You Can

Nicky Machiavelli” – A Bronx Tale

When You Say Vegas” – Honeymoon in Vegas


Julia

How Bout a Dance?” – Bonnie & Clyde

I Could Go Back” – Fugitive Songs

I’d Rather Watch You” – Adding Machine

Jazz Time” – Marguerite


Mrs. Adams

Another Winter in a Summer Town” – Grey Gardens

Around the World” – Grey Gardens

Brave Thing” – Fangirls

Love and Love Alone” – The Visit


Ensemble (Altos)

At the Old Majestic Nickel Matinee” – Some Like It Hot

This Is What It Is” – The Wild Party (LaChiusa)

You Can Always Count on Me” – City of Angels


Ensemble (Baritones)

A Little Luck” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Don’t Break the Rules” – Catch Me If You Can

The Pinstripes Are All That They See” – Catch Me If You Can


Ensemble (Basses)

Come to an Agreement” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Love Sneaks In” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

The Man Inside the Clues” – Catch Me If You Can


Ensemble (Contras)

Gone, Gone, Gone” – Tootsie

Live in Living Color” – Catch Me If You Can

There Was John” – Tootsie


Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!


Ensemble (Mezzo-Sopranos)

Heaven Knows” – Far From Heaven

Isn’t He Something!” – Road Show

Losing Track of Time” – Summer of ’42


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Tuesdays, Thursdays” – Far From Heaven

What Only Love Can See” – Chaplin

Will You?” – Grey Gardens


Ensemble (Tenors)

Drift Away” – Grey Gardens

I Love Betsy” – Honeymoon in Vegas

I Never Knew” – Far From Heaven


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Bandstand:

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

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

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

• “Sky Lines #1” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “Sky Lines #2” in Audition Arsenal for Women 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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Bandstand Song List

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

“Just Like It Was Before” – Ensemble

“Donny Novitski” – Donny

“I Know a Guy” – Jimmy,  Donny, Davy, Nick, Wayne, Ensemble

“Ain’t We Proud” – Donny, The Band

“Who I Was” – Julia

“Counterpoint” / “Pie Jesu” – Julia, Ensemble

“Just Like It Was Before (Reprise)” – Mrs. Adams, Ensemble

“First Steps First” – Julia, Donny

“Breathe” – Donny, Julia, Davy, Nick, Wayne, Jimmy, Johnny

“You Deserve It” – Donny, Julia, The Band, Ensemble

“Love Will Come and Find Me Again” – Julia

“Right This Way” – Donny, The Band


Act 2:

“Nobody” – Donny, Wayne, Nick, Davy, Julia, Mrs. Adams, Johnny, Jimmy, Ensemble

“The Boys Are Back” – Ensemble

“I Got a Theory” – Julia, Donny, Johnny, Wayne, Nick, Davy, Jimmy, Ensemble

“Everything Happens” – Mrs. Adams

“Welcome Home” – Donny, Julia, The Band

“A Band in New York City” – Johnny, Davy, Jimmy, Nick, Wayne, Julia, Donny, Ensemble

“This Is Life” – Donny, Julia

“This Is Life (Reprise)” – Donny

“Welcome Home (Finale)” – Julia

“Epilogue” – Donny, Julia, Company


Which of these audition songs for Bandstand 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 Bandstand.
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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