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.

Cabaret is a post-golden age musical that’s set in the 1930s. Because of that, most of the below songs are from 1960s/1970s musicals as well. In addition, there’s a slinky 1930s 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 “Cabaret 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 or libretto➝ while listening to the Cabaret cast album➝.


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.


Clifford Bradshaw

Grand Knowing You” – She Loves Me

I Don’t Remember You” – And the World Goes Round

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

Nightlife” – All American

Nobody Does It Like Me” – 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)

Broadway Baby” – Follies

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 Ruled the World” – Pickwick

I Waltz Alone” – Grand Hotel

In My Own Lifetime” – The Rothschilds


Ensemble (Contras)

Dimples” – Little Me

Go Home, Train!” – Fade Out – Fade In

Willing to Ride” – Steel Pier


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

Look What Happened to Mabel” – Mack & Mabel

Sing Happy” – Flora, the Red Menace

Spread a Little Sunshine” – Pippin


Ensemble (Sopranos)

A Little Bit of Good” – Chicago

I Remember” – Evening Primrose

Repent” – On the Twentieth Century


Ensemble (Tenors)

She is Not Thinking of Me” – Gigi

She Touched Me” – Drat! The Cat!

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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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