Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for Cabaret – by Character

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

Since Cabaret is a 1960s musical, the following songs are from shows between the 1960s – 1980s. There are also lots of jazz age vibes 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 upbeat, 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 Cabaret.

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.

Clifford Bradshaw

Grand Knowing You” – She Loves Me

I Don’t Remember You” – The Happy Time

I Won’t Send Roses” – Mack & Mabel

It Only Takes a Moment” – Hello, Dolly!

Fräulein Kost

Gooch’s Song” – Mame

I’ve Got What You Want” – The Apple Tree

Nobody Tells Me How” – Working

Say Yes” – 70, Girls, 70

Fräulein Schneider

If He Walked Into My Life” – Mame

Liaisons” – A Little Night Music

No Time At All” – Pippin

What Is a Woman?” – I Do! I Do!

Herr Schultz

Among My Yesterdays” – The Happy Time

Days Gone By” – She Loves Me

I’m Glad I’m Not Young Anymore” – Gigi

Real Live Girl” – Little Me

Sally Bowles

Funny Honey” – Chicago

If My Friends Could See Me Now” – Sweet Charity

Nobody Does It Like Me” – Seesaw

Welcome to Holiday Inn” – Seesaw

The Emcee

I Am What I Am” – La Cage aux Folles

I’ll Be Here Tomorrow” – The Grand Tour

La Cage aux Folles” – La Cage aux Folles

Razzle Dazzle” – Chicago

Ensemble (Altos)

Look What Happened to Mabel” – Mack & Mabel

Time Heals Everything” – Mack & Mabel

Wherever He Ain’t” – Mack & Mabel

Ensemble (Baritones)

I Promise You a Happy Ending” – Mack & Mabel

Marianne” – The Grand Tour

Mister Cellophane” – Chicago

Ensemble (Basses)

If I Have to Live Alone” – The Baker’s Wife

If I Ruled the World” – Pickwick

I Waltz Alone” – Grand Hotel

Ensemble (Contras)

Dimples” – Little Me

Go Home, Train!” – Fade Out – Fade In

Willing to Ride” – Steel Pier

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

Ensemble (Mezzo-Sopranos)

Is It Really Me?” – 110 in the Shade

I’ve Never Said I Love You” – Dear World

Spread a Little Sunshine” – Pippin

Ensemble (Sopranos)

A Little Bit of Good” – Chicago

I Remember” – Evening Primrose

Repent” – On the Twentieth Century

Ensemble (Tenors)

I Will Follow You” – Milk and Honey

The Only Home I Know” – Shenandoah

Too Many Tomorrows” – Sweet Charity

Step 4: Select a monologue

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

• “Al Capone and Me” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝

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

• “Marriage” from Sweet and Twenty➝  (The Agent)

• “Nothing But Misfortune” from Poor John➝  (John)

• “What Truth?” from The Cherry Orchard➝

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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Cabaret Song List

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

“Willkommen” – Emcee, Sally, Ensemble

So What?” – Fräulein Schneider

“Telephone Song” – Cliff, Ensemble

Don’t Tell Mama” – Sally, Emcee, Ensemble

Mein Herr” – Sally, Emcee, Ensemble

“Perfectly Marvelous” – Sally, Cliff

“Two Ladies” – Emcee, Ensemble

“It Couldn’t Please Me More (A Pineapple)” – Fräulein Schneider, Herr Schultz

“Tomorrow Belongs to Me” – Ensemble, Emcee

Why Should I Wake Up?” – Cliff

Maybe This Time” – Sally

“Money” – Emcee, Ensemble

Act 2:

“Married” – Herr Schultz, Fräulein Schneider

Meeskite” – Herr Schultz

“Tomorrow Belongs to Me (Reprise)” – Fräulein Kost, Ernst Ludwig, Ensemble

“Married (Reprise)” – Herr Schultz

If You Could See Her” – Emcee

What Would You Do?” – Fräulein Schneider

I Don’t Care Much” – Emcee

Cabaret” – Sally

“Finale” – Company

Which of these audition songs for Cabaret 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 Cabaret.
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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