The Best Audition Songs for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – by Character
Do you have an upcoming audition for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels? 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 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, broken down by character.
Since Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a contemporary musical, most of the songs below are from musicals that came out during or after the 1980s. Additionally, there’s also a jazzy, playful vibe to many of the below songs 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.
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 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 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.
“I’m Glad I’m Not Young Anymore” – Gigi
“La Cage aux Folles” – La Cage aux Folles
“Les Poissons” – The Little Mermaid
“R.S.V.P.” – Dear Edwina
“Amayzing Mayzie” – Seussical
“Heart to Hart” – 9 to 5
“Jet Set” – Catch Me If You Can
“Life With Harold” – The Full Monty
“Ain’t It the Truth” – A Bronx Tale
“Don’t Break the Rules” – Catch Me If You Can
“Everything’s Golden” – Tuck Everlasting
“Here for You” – 9 to 5
“Backwoods Barbie” – 9 to 5
“Change It” – 9 to 5
“How Bout a Dance?” – Bonnie & Clyde
“The Pricklepear Bloom” – The Robber Bridegroom
“Come to an Agreement” – Honeymoon in Vegas
“Look Over There” – La Cage aux Folles
“Second Chance” – Steel Pier
“Song on the Sand” – La Cage aux Folles
“All Falls Down” – Chaplin
“Lost and Found” – City of Angels
“The Lady’s Improving” – The Prom
“What I Know Now” – Beetlejuice [in your natural accent]
“Invisible” – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
“Island” – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
“Lovesick” – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
“I’d Order Love” – First Date
“Temporarily Lost” – The Bridges of Madison County
“The Pinstripes Are All That They See” – Catch Me If You Can
“Coffee Shop Nights” – Curtains
“The Man Inside the Clues” – Catch Me If You Can
“Who’s the Man” – The Witches of Eastwick
“Live in Living Color” – Catch Me If You Can
“There Was John” – Tootsie
“Unstoppable” – Tootsie
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“Fly, Fly Away” – Catch Me If You Can
“It’s a Woman’s World” – The Full Monty
“The Oldest Profession” – The Life
“Breeze Off the River” – The Full Monty
“Butter Outta Cream” – Catch Me If You Can
“Man” – The Full Monty
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels:
• “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➝
• “Green Pepper➝” from Cocktails at Pam’s (Estelle)
• “Playing With Fired” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “Some People Are Bizarre” in Magnificent Monologues for Teens➝
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!
Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 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.
“Give Them What They Want” – Lawrence, Andre, Ensemble
“What Was a Woman to Do” – Muriel, Ensemble
“Great Big Stuff” – Freddy, Ensemble
“Chimp in a Suit” – Andre
“Oklahoma?” – Jolene, Ensemble
“All About Ruprecht” – Lawrence, Freddy, Jolene
“Here I Am” – Christine, Ensemble
“Nothing is Too Wonderful to Be True” – Christine, Freddy
“The Miracle” – Company
“Ruffhousin’ Mit Shuffhausen” – Lawrence, Freddy, Christine
“Like Zis / Like Zat” – Andre, Muriel
“The More We Dance” – Lawrence, Christine, Ensemble
“Love is My Legs” – Freddy, Christine, Ensemble
“Love Sneaks In” – Lawrence
“Like Zis/Like Zat (Reprise)” – Muriel
“Son of Great Big Stuff” – Freddy, Christine
“The Reckoning” – Lawrence, Freddy, Andre
“Dirty Rotten Number” – Lawrence, Freddy
“Finale” – Company
Which of these audition songs for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 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.
Need extra help? Just go through this free audition prep checklist!
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.