The Best Audition Songs for Elf – by Character

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

Since Elf is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there are lots of light-hearted and holiday 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 comedic/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 “Elf 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 Elf 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.


Buddy

Edwina” – Dear Edwina

How Lucky You Are” – Seussical

Reindeers are Better Than People” – Frozen

Sheldon Potts’ Halftime Show” – Junie B. Jones


Deb

Fly, Fly Away” – Catch Me If You Can

Lost in the Brass” – Band Geeks

Right Hand Man” – Something Rotten!

Stupid with Love” – Mean Girls


Emily Hobbs

After All of This and Everything” – Freaky Friday

Just Like That” – A Christmas Story

Parents Lie” – Freaky Friday

What a Mother Does” – A Christmas Story


Jovie

Anywhere But Here” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Don’t Wanna Be Here” – Ordinary Days

No More Fear” – Freaky Friday

True Love” – Frozen


Michael Hobbs

Counting Down to Christmas” – A Christmas Story

Middle of a Moment” – James and the Giant Peach

On Your Way Home” – James and the Giant Peach

Think Positive” – Willy Wonka


Santa

Be the Hero” – Big Fish

Everything’s Golden” – Tuck Everlasting

The Genius on Cleveland Street” – A Christmas Story

You Can’t Trust a Man” – Tuck Everlasting


Walter Hobbs

Coffee Shop Nights” – Curtains

I Miss the Music” – Curtains

Love Who You Love” – A Man of No Importance

Welcome to the World” – A Man of No Importance


Ensemble (Altos)

I Love Play Rehearsal” – Be More Chill

Jet Set” – Catch Me If You Can

What You Got” – Freaky Friday


Ensemble (Baritones)

Christmas is My Favorite Time of Year” – Catch Me If You Can

In Summer” – Frozen

Top of the World” – Tuck Everlasting


Ensemble (Basses)

I’m Allergic to Cats” – The Theory of Relativity

The Man Inside the Clues” – Catch Me If You Can

We Look to You” – The Prom


Ensemble (Contras)

Just Breathe” – The Prom

There Was John” – Tootsie

What They Never Tell You” – It Shoulda Been You


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

I See Stars” – Mean Girls

So Much Better” – Legally Blonde

Watch What Happens” – Newsies


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Around the World” – Grey Gardens

Saturday Alone” – Calvin Berger

Two Men in My Life” – Big Fish


Ensemble (Tenors)

Hans of the Southern Isles” – Frozen

Hugo’s First Case” – Tuck Everlasting

Women and Sandwiches” – Freaky Friday


Step 4: Select a monologue

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

• “A Pony for Christmas” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝

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

• “Snowballs” in The Acting Coach Approach: 48 Monologues for Kids➝

• “The Not-So-Nice List” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝

• “Unite” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝


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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Elf Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Elf 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:

“Christmastown” – Santa, Buddy, Ensemble

World’s Greatest Dad” – Buddy

“In the Way” – Deb, Walter, Emily, Michael, Ensemble

Sparklejollytwinklejingley” – Buddy, Ensemble

“I’ll Believe in You” – Emily, Michael

“In the Way (Reprise)” – Emily, Walter

Just Like Him” – Buddy, Walter, Deb, Ensemble

A Christmas Song” – Buddy, Jovie, Ensemble

“World’s Greatest Dad (Reprise)” – Buddy, Company


Act 2:

Nobody Cares About Santa” – Fake Santas, Manager, Buddy

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

There Is a Santa Claus” – Michael, Emily

“The Story of Buddy the Elf” – Buddy, Michael, Walter, Greenway, Ensemble

“Nobody Cares About Santa (Reprise)” – Santa

“A Christmas Song (Reprise)” – Jovie, Buddy, Emily, Walter, Michael, Ensemble

“Finale” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Elf 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 Elf.
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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