Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for Cats – by Character

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

Since Cats is a 1980s musical, the following songs are from shows between the 1970s – 1990s. There are also lots of Andrew Lloyd Webber song 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 by Andrew Lloyd Webber, 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 about Cats.

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.


Anthem” – Chess

Never the Luck” – The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Colors of My Life” – Barnum

Unsettled Scores” – Whistle Down the Wind

Bustopher Jones

Grand Parade” – Grand Hotel

Live With Somebody You Love” – Martin Guerre

The Music of the Night” – The Phantom of the Opera

You Can Get Away With Anything” – The Woman in White


Nothing Like You’ve Ever Known” – Tell Me on a Sunday

Tell Me It’s Not True” – Blood Brothers

Unexpected Song” – Tell Me on a Sunday

With One Look” – Sunset Boulevard


Anything But Lonely” – Aspects of Love

Take That Look Off Your Face” – Tell Me on a Sunday

The Last Man in My Life” – Tell Me on a Sunday

There Is More to Love” – Aspects of Love


I’d Rather Be Sailing” – A New Brain

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

Love Changes Everything” – Aspects of Love

The Hardest Part of Love” – Children of Eden

Old Deuteronomy

A Bit of Earth” – The Secret Garden

A World Without You” – Children of Eden

Bring Him Home” – Les Misérables

No Moon” – Titanic

Rum Tum Tugger

And the Money Kept Rolling In” – Evita [in your natural accent]

Any Dream Will Do” – Joseph

King Herod’s Song” – Jesus Christ Superstar

We Beseech Thee” – Godspell

Ensemble (Altos)

Make Up My Heart” – Starlight Express

Stranger to the Rain” – Children of Eden

Tell Me on a Sunday – Tell Me on a Sunday

Ensemble (Baritones)

Only With You” – Nine

Starlight Express” – Starlight Express

Words He Doesn’t Say” – Romance/Romance

Ensemble (Basses)

Does the Moment Ever Come?” – Just So

Other Pleasures” – Aspects of Love

There’s Always One You Can’t Forget” – Dance a Little Closer

Ensemble (Contras)

As If We Never Said Goodbye” – Sunset Boulevard

Magic to Do” – Pippin

You Must Love Me” – Evita

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

Ensemble (Mezzo-Sopranos)

Simple” – Nine

The Night It Had to End” – Romance/Romance

Unusual Way” – Nine

Ensemble (Sopranos)

Believe” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

Love Makes Such Fools of Us All” – Barnum

Moonfall” – The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Ensemble (Tenors)

Lost in the Wilderness” – Children of Eden

Pity the Child” – Chess

There’s Me” – Starlight Express

Step 4: Select a monologue

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

• “Actor!” in Audition Monologues for Young Men➝

• “I Don’t Want to Be an Actress➝” from Snakebit  (Jenifer)

• “Mother Moon➝” from Fading Joy➝  (Joy)

• “My Opinion” from Paul Pry➝  (Oldbutton)

• “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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Cats Song List

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

“Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats” – Company

“The Naming of Cats” – Company

“The Old Gumbie Cat” – Munkustrap, Demeter, Bombalurina, Jellylorum, Jennyanydots, Ensemble

“The Rum Tum Tugger” – Rum Tum Tugger, Mistoffolees, Bombalurina, Company

“Grizabella: The Glamour Cat” – Grizabella, Demeter, Bombalurina

“Bustopher Jones” – Bustopher, Jennyanydots, Bombalurina, Jellylorum, Ensemble

“Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer” – Mungojerrie, Rumpleteazer

“Old Deuteronomy” – Deuteronomy, Tugger, Munkustrap, Tantomile, Coricopat, Company

“The Jellicle Ball” – Company

“Grizabella: The Glamour Cat (Reprise)” – Grizabella

Act 2:

“The Moments of Happiness” – Deuteronomy, Jemima, Company

Gus: The Theatre Cat” – Asparagus, Jellylorum

“The Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles” – Munkustrap, Rumpleteazer, Mungojerrie, Deuteronomy, Company

“Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat” – Deuteronomy, Rumpleteazer, Skimbleshanks, Jellylorum, Company

“Macavity: The Mystery Cat” – Demeter, Bombalurina, Ensemble

Mr. Mistoffelees” – Rum Tum Tugger, Company

Memory” – Grizabella, Jemima

“The Journey to the Heaviside Layer” – Company

“The Ad-Dressing of Cats” / “Finale” – Deuteronomy, Company

Which of these audition songs for Cats 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 Cats.
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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