The Best Audition Songs for Damn Yankees – by Character

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

Since Damn Yankees is a golden age musical, most of the following songs are from golden age/post-golden age musicals as well. In addition, there’s a high and light-hearted energy to many of the songs 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 “Damn Yankees 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 Damn Yankees 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.


Joe Boyd / Joe Hardy

Restless Heart” – Fanny

Shall I Take My Heart” – Goldilocks

To My Wife” – Fanny

Young and Foolish” – Plain and Fancy


Lola

A Little Girl from Little Rock” – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Nobody Does it Like Me” – Seesaw

Who’ll Buy?” – Lost in the Stars


Meg Boyd

I’m Going Back” – Bells are Ringing

Johnny One-Note” – Babes in Arms

Take It on the Chin” – Me and My Girl

The Next Time it Happens” – Pipe Dream


Mr. Applegate

My Time of Day” – Guys and Dolls

Seventy Six Trombones” – The Music Man

The Man I Used to Be” – Pipe Dream

There Never Was a Woman” – Goldilocks


Van Buren

Days Gone By” – She Loves Me

She Likes Basketball” – Promises, Promises

Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” – Guys and Dolls

What a Waste” – Wonderful Town


Ensemble (Altos)

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

It’s a Perfect Relationship” – Bells are Ringing

One Hundred Easy Ways” – Wonderful Town


Ensemble (Baritones)

Never Will I Marry” – Greenwillow

Rosie” – Bye Bye Birdie

Wondrin’” – Anne of Green Gables


Ensemble (Basses)

Don’t Cry” – The Most Happy Fella

Hey There” – The Pajama Game

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


Ensemble (Contras)

If You Hadn’t But You Did” – Two on the Aisle

I’ve Still Got My Health” – Panama Hattie

Nobody’s Heart” – By Jupiter


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

Satin and Silk” – Silk Stockings

Sweet Thursday” – Pipe Dream

We Deserve Each Other” – Me and Juliet


Ensemble (Sopranos)

A Little Bit in Love” – Wonderful Town

Mr. Wonderful” – Mr. Wonderful

Till There Was You” – The Music Man


Ensemble (Tenors)

Fanny” – Fanny

There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame” – South Pacific

You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” – South Pacific


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Damn Yankees:

• “Green Pepper➝” from Cocktails at Pam’s  (Estelle)

• “Harvey and I➝” from Harvey➝  (Elwood)

• “Play Memory” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

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

• “You Won’t Misunderstand Me” from The Goal➝  (Sir Stephen)


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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Damn Yankees Song List

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

“Six Months Out of Every Year” – Meg Boyd, Joe Boyd, Ensemble

Goodbye, Old Girl” – Joe Boyd, Joe Hardy

Heart” – Van Buren, Smoky, Rocky, Vernon

“Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo.” – Gloria Thorpe, Ensemble

A Little Brains, A Little Talent” – Lola

“A Man Doesn’t Know” – Joe Hardy

Whatever Lola Wants” – Lola

“Heart (Reprise)” – Ensemble

“Who’s Got The Pain?” – Lola, Ensemble


Act 2:

“The Game” – Ensemble

“Near to You” – Joe Hardy, Meg

Those Were the Good Old Days” – Applegate

“Two Lost Souls” – Lola, Applegate

“A Man Doesn’t Know (Reprise)” – Meg, Joe Boyd

“Finale” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Damn Yankees 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 Damn Yankees.
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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