Do you have an upcoming audition for Bonnie and Clyde? 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 Bonnie and Clyde, broken down by character.
Bonnie and Clyde is a contemporary musical that’s set in the 1920s-1930s. Because of that, most of the songs below are from musicals that came out during or after the 1990s. Additionally, many of these songs have a country vibe to them 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 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:
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 Bonnie and Clyde 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.
“Asheville” – Bright Star
“Backwoods Barbie” – 9 to 5
“Change It” – 9 to 5
“If You Knew My Story” – Bright Star
“You Oughta Be Here With Me” – Big River
“Another Life” – The Bridges of Madison County
“I Want to Go to Hollywood” – Grand Hotel
“Lay Down Your Head” – Violet
“Nothin’ Up” – The Robber Bridegroom
“Sleepy Man” – The Robber Bridegroom
“Build a Wall” – Shrek
“Guv’ment” – Big River
“Stronger” – Hands on a Hardbody
“Who’s the Man” – The Witches of Eastwick
“Love Stolen” – The Robber Bridegroom
“Something From a Dream” – The Bridges of Madison County
“Steal With Style” – The Robber Bridegroom
“The World Inside a Frame” – The Bridges of Madison County
“Temporarily Lost” – The Bridges of Madison County
“Born to Entertain” – Ruthless!
“Everlasting” – Tuck Everlasting
“Good Girl Winnie Foster” – Tuck Everlasting
“Not for the Life of Me” – Thoroughly Modern Millie
“Hands” – The Man in the Ceiling
“Think Positive” – Willy Wonka
“Whatcha Gonna Do?” – Chaplin [w/ your natural accent]
“When I Get My Name in Lights” – The Boy from Oz
“An Old-Fashioned Love Story” – The Wild Party
“Before It’s Over” – Dogfight
“Hero” – Ghost Quartet
“It All Fades Away” – The Bridges of Madison County
“That’s What I Could Do” – Violet
“Wondering” – The Bridges of Madison County
“Father How Long?” – The Civil War
“I’ll Never Pass This Way Again” – The Civil War
“Dusty Plays the Saw” – The Burnt Part Boys
“Mr. Hopalong Heartbreak” – Urban Cowboy
“When I Go” – We Aren’t Kids Anymore
Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!
“Everything Changes” – Waitress
“Oklahoma?” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
“The Life of the Party” – The Wild Party
“Breeze Off the River” – The Full Monty
“Bright Star” – Bright Star
“Virginia” – The Civil War
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Bonnie & Clyde:
• “How Can You Say That?➝” from Wild Honey (Anna)
• “Jugger’s Rain #1” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝
• “Jugger’s Rain #2” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝
• “Lone Star Grace” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝
• “Wilderness of Mirrors” in Audition Arsenal for Men 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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Bonnie and Clyde Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Bonnie and Clyde, 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.
“Picture Show” – Young Bonnie, Young Clyde, Bonnie, Clyde
“This World Will Remember Me” – Clyde, Bonnie
“You’re Going Back to Jail” – Blanche, Buck, Stella, Trish, Eleanore
“How ‘Bout a Dance?” – Bonnie
“When I Drive” – Clyde, Buck
“God’s Arms Are Always Open” – Preacher, Ensemble
“You Can Do Better Than Him” – Ted, Clyde
“You Love Who You Love” – Bonnie, Blanche
“Raise a Little Hell” – Clyde
“This World Will Remember Us” – Clyde, Bonnie
“Made in America” – Preacher, Ensemble
“Too Late to Turn Back Now” – Clyde, Bonnie
“That’s What You Call a Dream” – Blanche
“What Was Good Enough For You” – Clyde, Bonnie
“Bonnie” – Clyde
“Raise a Little Hell (Reprise)” – Clyde, Buck, Ted
“Dyin’ Ain’t So Bad” – Bonnie
“God’s Arms (Reprise)” – Blanche, Preacher
“You Can Do Better Than Him (Reprise)” – Ted
“Picture Show (Reprise)” – Young Bonnie, Young Clyde
“Dyin’ Ain’t So Bad (Reprise)” – Clyde, Bonnie
“How ‘Bout a Dance? (Reprise)” – Bonnie
Which of these audition songs for Bonnie and Clyde 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.
Need extra help? Just go through this free audition prep checklist!
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.