Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

Do you have an upcoming audition for Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story? 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 Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, broken down by character.

Since Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is set in the 1950s, the following songs have a 1950s feel to them. There are also a few non-theatre songs 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 a cast album is a great way to do that. Here’s where you can learn more about Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story.

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.

Buddy Holly

*It’s generally preferable if you can also play the guitar*

Baby Don’t Go” – The Cher Show

Crackin’ Up” – Bo Diddley [1950s/non-theatre]

Lucille” – Jerry Lee Lewis [1950s/non-theatre]

Pills” – Bo Diddley [1950s/non-theatre]

Rhythm of the Rain” – The Cascades [1960s/non-theatre]

Ensemble (Altos)

Be Anything” – Connie Francis [1950s/non-theatre]

Don’t Make Me Over” – Dionne Warwick [1960s/non-theatre]

I Only Want to Be With You” – Dusty Springfield [1960s/non-theatre]

Screw Loose” – Cry-Baby

Ensemble (Baritones)

Little Sister” – Elvis Presley [1950s/non-theatre]

Magic Moments” – Perry Como [1950s/non-theatre]

Multiplication” – Bobby Darin [1960s/non-theatre]

You’re the Devil in Disguise” – Elvis [1960s/non-theatre]

Ensemble (Basses)

Don’t Be Cruel” – All Shook Up

Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer” – The Four Lads [1950s/non-theatre]

Love Me Tender” – Elvis Presley [1960s/non-theatre]

One Last Kiss” – Bye Bye Birdie

Ensemble (Contras)

All I Need Is an Angel” – Grease Live!

Build Me Up Buttercup” – The Foundations [1960s/non-theatre]

Judy’s Turn to Cry” – Lesley Gore [1960s/non-theatre]

Mama Said” – The Shirelles [1960s/non-theatre]

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

Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Freddy My Love” – Grease

I’m Ready for Love” – Martha and the Vandellas [1960s/non-theatre]

Maybe” – The Chantels [1950s/non-theatre]

One Night With You” – All Shook Up

Ensemble (Tenors)

Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat” – Herman’s Hermits [1960s/non-theatre]

I Don’t Want To” – All Shook Up

I’m a Man” – Bo Diddley [1950s/non-theatre]

Memphis Lives in Me” – Memphis

Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Buddy Holly Story:

• “Harvey and I➝” from Harvey➝  (Elwood)

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

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

• “Johnny Talks Kids➝” from Frankie and Johnny…  (Johnny)

• “Well Done, Junior Disaster Committee!➝” from Cry-Baby  (Baldwin)

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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Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story. 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 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:

“Rose of Texas”

“Ready Teady”

“Changing All Those Changes”

“That’ll Be The Day”

“Blue Days, Black Nights”

“Rock Around With Ollie Vee”



“Not Fade Away”

“Peggy Sue”

“Words Of Love”

“Oh Boy”

Act 2:

“Listen to Me’

“Well Alright”

“It’s So Easy”

“Think It Over”

True Love Ways

“Why Do Fools Fall in Love”

“Chantilly Lace”

“Maybe Baby”

“Peggy Sue Got Married”


“La Bamba”

“Raining in My Heart”

It Doesn’t Matter Anymore

“Rave On”

“Johnny B. Goode”

“Oh, Boy (Encore)”

Which of these audition songs for The Buddy Holly Story 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 Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.
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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