The Best Audition Songs for Catch Me If You Can – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Catch Me If You Can? 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 Catch Me If You Can, broken down by character.

Since Catch Me If You Can is a contemporary musical set in the 1960s, the following songs are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there are lots of jazzy, pop/rock, and 1960s vibes below 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 “Catch Me If You Can 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 Catch Me If You Can 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.


Brenda Strong

Before It’s Over” – Dogfight

Cute Boys With Short Haircuts” – Vanities

Live Out Loud” – A Little Princess

More to the Story” – Shrek


Carl Hanratty

Be the Hero” – Big Fish

Coffee Shop Nights” – Curtains

I Cannot Hear the City” – Sweet Smell of Success

One of the Great Ones” – A Bronx Tale


Frank Abagnale, Jr.

I Love Betsy” – Honeymoon in Vegas

It Takes Two” – Hairspray

Thin Air” – Amélie

Unstoppable” – Tootsie


Frank Abagnale, Sr.

A Little Luck” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Nicky Machiavelli” – A Bronx Tale

Out of the Sun” – Honeymoon in Vegas

When You Say Vegas” – Honeymoon in Vegas


Paula Abagnale

All Falls Down” – Chaplin

Friki-Friki” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Listen to Your Heart” – Young Frankenstein

What Was a Woman to Do?” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


Ensemble (Altos)

Here I Am” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Never Fall in Love (With an Elf)” – Elf

Never Get Married” – Honeymoon in Vegas


Ensemble (Baritones)

Do Something” – Honeymoon in Vegas

I Miss the Music” – Curtains

I’d Order Love” – First Date


Ensemble (Basses)

Come to an Agreement” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Love Sneaks In” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Who’s the Man” – The Witches of Eastwick


Ensemble (Contras)

Come Back” – Dogfight

There’s a World” – Next to Normal

There Was John” – Tootsie


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Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

I’m Alive” – Tootsie

I’ve Been Thinking” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Nothing Short of Wonderful” – Dogfight


Ensemble (Tenors)

Ain’t It the Truth” – A Bronx Tale

Forever Starts Tonight” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Good Kid” – The Lightning Thief


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Catch Me If You Can:

• “Don’t Look at Me #1” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Don’t Look at Me #2” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Playing With Fired” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Sky Lines #1” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “What I’m Talking About➝” from 9 to 5  (Hart)


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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Catch Me If You Can Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Catch Me If You Can, 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:

Live in Living Color” – Frank Jr., Company

The Pinstripes Are All That They See” – Frank Sr., Frank Jr., Ensemble

Someone Else’s Skin” – Frank Jr., Ensemble

Jet Set” – Stewardesses, Pilots, Frank Jr.

Don’t Break the Rules” – Hanratty, Ensemble

Butter Outta Cream” – Frank Jr., Frank Sr.

The Man Inside the Clues” – Hanratty

Christmas is My Favorite Time of Year” – Hanratty, Frank Jr., Frank Sr., Paula


Act 2:

“Doctor’s Orders” – Ensemble

“Don’t Be a Stranger” – Paula, Frank Sr.

“Little Boy, Be a Man” – Frank Sr., Hanratty

“Seven Wonders” – Frank Jr., Brenda

“(Our) Family Tree” – Carol, Roger, Brenda, Frank Jr., Ensemble

Fly, Fly Away” – Brenda

Goodbye” – Frank Jr.

“Stuck Together (Strange But True)” – Frank Jr., Hanratty, Company


Which of these audition songs for Catch Me If You Can 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 Catch Me If You Can.
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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