The Best Audition Songs for Billy Elliot – by Character

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

Since Billy Elliot is an early contemporary musical, the following songs are from the 1990s-2010s. In addition, there are lots of youthful and energetic vibes 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 contemporary, 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 “Billy Elliot 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 read through the synopsis while listening to the Billy Elliot cast album➝. Or you can watch the live recording➝.


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 Elliot

A Letter From Charlie Bucket” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Quiet” – Matilda

Round-Shouldered Man” – The Secret Garden

When I Grow Up” – Matilda


Dad

Come to an Agreement” – Honeymoon in Vegas  [first half]

Endless Night” – The Lion King

Night Will Come” – Groundhog Day

The Cuddles Mary Gave” – A Man of No Importance


Debbie Wilkinson

Almost Nearly Perfect” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Naughty” – Matilda

The Girl I Mean to Be” – The Secret Garden

The Tree” – The Me Nobody Knows


Grandma

Here Within These Walls” – Sister Act

Nice” – It Shoulda Been You

The Cake I Had” – Grey Gardens

What They Never Tell You” – It Shoulda Been You


Michael

I Like It” – A Bronx Tale

Picture Show” – Bonnie & Clyde

Think Positive” – Willy Wonka

When I Get My Name in Lights” – The Boy from Oz


Mrs. Wilkinson

If I Had a Fine White Horse” – The Secret Garden

It’s a Privilege to Pee” – Urinetown

Loud” – Matilda

The Burden of Life” – A Man of No Importance


Tony

Adrian” – Rocky

Keep on Standing” – Rocky

My Nose Ain’t Broken” – Rocky

Why” – Tick, Tick … Boom!


Ensemble (Altos)

I Know the Truth” – Aida

I’m Done” – Rocky

Raining” – Rocky


Ensemble (Baritones)

Charlie’s Soliloquy” – Kinky Boots

Christmas is My Favorite Time of Year” – Catch Me If You Can

Love Who You Love” – A Man of No Importance


Ensemble (Basses)

Everything About You” – Groundhog Day

We Look to You” – The Prom

Welcome to the World” – A Man of No Importance


Ensemble (Contras)

I Dreamed a Dance” – Next to Normal

Step One” – Kinky Boots

Tell Me Why” – A Man of No Importance


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

Can You Find It In Your Heart?” – Footloose

If This Is What We’re Fighting For” – The Beautiful Game

Princess” – A Man of No Importance


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Almost Real” – The Bridges of Madison County

Here at Horace Green” – School of Rock

What Do You Call a Man Like That?” – The Bridges of Madison County


Ensemble (Tenors)

See Her Smile” – Tick, Tick … Boom!

Soul of a Man” – Kinky Boots

Winter’s on the Wing” – The Secret Garden


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Billy Elliot:

• “Eggs in a Basket” in The Acting Coach Approach: 48 Monologues for Kids➝

• “Moon Man Walk” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Picture Show Video” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “That’s All I Got➝” from Other Desert Cities  (Trip)

• “We’ll Figure It Out” in Monologues for Kids and Tweens➝


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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Billy Elliot Song List

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

“The Stars Look Down” – Billy, Company

Shine” – Mrs. Wilkinson, Billy, Ensemble

Grandma’s Song” – Grandma

“Solidarity” – Mrs. Wilkinson, Billy, Ensemble

“Expressing Yourself” – Billy, Michael, Ensemble

“The Letter” – Mrs. Wilkinson, Mum, Billy

Born to Boogie” – Mrs. Wilkinson, Billy


Act 2:

“Merry Christmas, Maggie Thatcher” – Tony, Ensemble

Deep Into the Ground” – Dad

“He Could Be a Star” – Dad, Tony

Electricity” – Billy

“Once We Were Kings” – Company

“The Letter (Reprise)” – Mum, Billy

“Finale” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Billy Elliot 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 Billy Elliot.
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.


 

2 thoughts on “The Best Audition Songs for Billy Elliot – by Character

  • March 2, 2020 at 9:36 pm
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    Do you have any song preferences for Tony Billy’s older brother ?

    • March 3, 2020 at 10:53 am
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      Hi Nick! I just added some audition song ideas for Tony for ya. I hope one of them feels good on your voice! 🙂

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