The Best Audition Songs for Bye Bye Birdie – by Character

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

Since Bye Bye Birdie is a post-golden age musical, most of the following songs are from golden age/post-golden age musicals as well. In addition, there is a classic/playful vibe to many of the following 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:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Bye Bye Birdie 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 listen to the Bye Bye Birdie 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.


Albert Peterson

Beautiful Girl” – Singin’ in the Rain

On the Street Where You Live” – My Fair Lady

Ridin’ on the Moon” – St. Louis Woman

Shall I Take My Heart” – Goldilocks

Singin’ in the Rain” – Singin’ in the Rain


Conrad Birdie

Don’t Be Cruel” – All Shook Up

Heartbeat” – Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

I Don’t Want To” – All Shook Up

Serve Yourself” – Pump Boys and Dinettes


Kim MacAfee

A Little Bit In Love” – Wonderful Town

In My Own Little Corner” – Cinderella

It Might as Well be Spring” – State Fair

This is All Very New to Me” – Plain and Fancy


Mr. Harry MacAfee

Heart” – Damn Yankees

I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” – My Fair Lady

The Sadder But Wiser Girl” – The Music Man

Those Were The Good Old Days” – Damn Yankees


Mrs. Doris MacAfee

Be Kind to Your Parents” – Fanny

Sweet Thursday” – Pipe Dream

We Deserve Each Other” – Me and Juliet

We Need a Little Christmas” – Mame


Mrs. Mae Peterson

Miss Marmelstein” – I Can Get It for You Wholesale

One Hundred Easy Ways” – Wonderful Town

Why Do The Wrong People Travel?” – Sail Away

You Mustn’t Be Discouraged” – Fade Out – Fade In


Rose Alvarez (Rosie)

I’m Going Back” – Bells are Ringing

It’s a Perfect Relationship” – Bells are Ringing

The Beast in You” – Goldilocks

The Gentleman is a Dope” – Allegro


Ensemble (Altos)

Everybody’s Got a Home But Me” – Pipe Dream

I Enjoy Being a Girl” – Flower Drum Song

I’m Not At All In Love” – The Pajama Game


Ensemble (Baritones)

Hey There” – The Pajama Game

Once in Love With Amy” – Where’s Charley?

Young and Foolish” – Plain and Fancy


Ensemble (Basses)

A Fellow Needs a Girl” – Allegro

Some Enchanted Evening” – South Pacific

The Man I Used to Be” – Pipe Dream


Ensemble (Contras)

Hey, Look Me Over” – Wildcat

I Never Know When” – Goldilocks

Let Me Sing and I’m Happy” – White Christmas


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

Always True to You in My Fashion” – Kiss Me, Kate

I’ll Show Him” – Plain and Fancy

What’s New At The Zoo?” – Do Re Mi


Ensemble (Sopranos)

My White Knight” – The Music Man

So in Love” – Kiss Me, Kate

What’s the Use of Wond’rin’?” – Carousel


Ensemble (Tenors)

All I Need is the Girl” – Gypsy

I’ve Just Seen Her” – All American

Old Devil Moon” – Finian’s Rainbow


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Bye Bye Birdie:

• “I Don’t Know➝” from Sun Dried➝  (Mary Louise)

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

• “Maybe I’m Wrong” from The Genius➝  (Boy)

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

• “Where Is He?➝” from The Father Clock➝  (Flub)


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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Bye Bye Birdie Song List

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

An English Teacher” – Rosie

“The Telephone Hour” – Ensemble

How Lovely to Be a Woman” – Kim

Put on a Happy Face” – Albert

“Normal American Boy” – Albert, Rosie, Ensemble

One Boy” – Kim, Rosie, Ensemble

Honestly Sincere” – Conrad, Ensemble

“Hymn For a Sunday Evening” – The MacAfee Family, Company

One Last Kiss” – Conrad


Act 2:

“What Did I Ever See in Him?” – Rosie, Kim

“A Lot of Livin’ to Do” – Conrad, Kim, Ensemble

Kids” – Mr. MacAfee, Mrs. MacAfee

“Baby, Talk to Me” – Albert, Ensemble

Spanish Rose” – Rosie

“Kids (Reprise)” – Randolph, Mr. Macafee, Mrs. Macafee, Company

Rosie” – Albert, Rosie


Which of these audition songs for Bye Bye Birdie 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 Bye Bye Birdie.
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.


 

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