The Best Audition Songs for Fiddler on the Roof – by Character
Do you have an upcoming audition for Fiddler on the Roof? 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 Fiddler on the Roof, broken down by character.
Since Fiddler on the Roof is a post-golden age musical, most of the songs below are from 1950s-1980s. Also, there is a timeless vibe to many of the following 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 read through the synopsis or libretto for Fiddler on the Roof➝ while listening to the Fiddler cast album➝.
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.
“In My Own Little Corner” – Cinderella
“Little Lamb” – Gypsy
“Take Me to the World” – Evening Primrose
“What Makes Me Love Him?” – The Apple Tree
“Last Midnight” – Into the Woods
“Repent” – On the Twentieth Century
“Temptation” – Singin’ in the Rain
“The Gypsy” – Jane Eyre
“And I Was Beautiful” – Dear World
“If He Walked Into My Life” – Mame
“I’ve Never Said I Love You” – Dear World
“What Is a Woman?” – I Do! I Do!
“Hey, Look Me Over” – Wildcat
“Kiss Her Now” – Dear World
“Life Is” – Zorba
“Only Love” – Zorba
“I Remember” – Evening Primrose
“Love, Don’t Turn Away” – 110 in the Shade
“Ribbons Down My Back” – Hello, Dolly!
“You Don’t Know” – Here’s Love
“Days Gone By” – She Loves Me
“I Am in Love” – Can-Can
“Mrs. S.L. Jacobowsky” – The Grand Tour
“There Never Was a Woman” – Goldilocks
“All I Need is the Girl” – Gypsy
“Broadway Baby” – Dames at Sea
“Once in a Lifetime” – Stop the World – I Want to Get Off
“Wondrin’” – Anne of Green Gables
“It’s a Lovely Day Today” – Call Me Madam
“That’s For Me” – State Fair
“Too Many Tomorrows” – Sweet Charity
“Young and Foolish” – Plain and Fancy
“I Am Free” – Zorba
“In My Own Lifetime” – The Rothschilds
“The First Time” – Zorba
“When I’m Being Born Again” – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
“A Quiet Thing” – Flora the Red Menace
“I Belong Here” –The Grand Tour
“People” – Funny Girl
“Who Are You Now?” – Funny Girl
“No Time At All” – Pippin
“Say Yes” – 70, Girls, 70
“So What?” – Cabaret
“What Would You Do?” – Cabaret
“Distant Melody” – Peter Pan
“Open a New Window” – Mame
“Time Heals Everything” – Mack & Mabel
“Never Will I Marry” – Greenwillow
“To My Wife” – Fanny
“With So Little To Be Sure Of” – Anyone Can Whistle
“Dulcinea” – Man of La Mancha
“Her Face” – Carnival!
“The Impossible Dream” – Man of La Mancha
“Before I Kiss the World Goodbye” – Jennie
“I Don’t Want to Know” – Dear World
“Lazy Afternoon” – The Golden Apple
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“Cry Like the Wind” – Do Re Mi
“Is It Really Me?” – 110 in the Shade
“Love, Look Away” – Flower Drum Song
“Simple Little Things” – 110 in the Shade
“What Does He Want of Me?” – Man of La Mancha
“Wonderful, Wonderful Day” – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
“I Will Follow You” – Milk and Honey
“If I Be Your Best Chance” – Walking Happy
“To Each His Dulcinea” – Man of La Mancha
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Fiddler on the Roof:
• “How Can You Say That?➝” from Wild Honey (Anna)
• “Mother Moon➝” from Fading Joy➝ (Joy)
• “My Sister in This House” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝
• “The Ideal Man!” from A Woman of No Importance➝ (Mrs. Allonby)
• “What Truth?” from The Cherry Orchard➝
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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Fiddler on the Roof Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Fiddler on the Roof, 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.
“Tradition” – Tevye, Company
“Matchmaker, Matchmaker” – Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava
“If I Were a Rich Man” – Tevye
“Sabbath Prayer” – Ensemble
“To Life” – Tevye, Lazar Wolf, Ensemble
“Tevye’s Monologue” – Tevye
“Miracle of Miracles” – Motel
“Tevye’s Dream” – Tevye, Golde, Grandma Tzeitel, Rabbi, Fruma-Sarah, Ensemble
“Sunrise, Sunset” – Tevye, Golde, Perchik, Hodel, Ensemble
“Now I Have Everything” – Perchik, Hodel
“Tevye’s Rebuttal” – Tevye
“Do You Love Me?” – Tevye, Golde
“The Rumor / I Just Heard” – Yente, Ensemble
“Far From the Home I Love” – Hodel
“Chavaleh (Little Bird)” – Tevye
“Anatevka” – Company
Which of these audition songs for Fiddler on the Roof 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.
4 thoughts on “The Best Audition Songs for Fiddler on the Roof – by Character”
Can you add Lazar Wolf? Great list!!
Good call! I just added a few songs for Lazar, and if anything else comes to mind, I’ll make sure to add it for ya. 🙂
I would love some for Grandma Tzeitel, if possible. Love this list though!
Hi Grace! I just came up with a few audition song ideas for Grandma Tzeitel today. I hope one of them feels good to you! But in the meantime, I’ll also keep an ear out for any other songs that may work. And if you ever have specific character requests in the future, feel free to reach out again! 🙂