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. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Fiddler on the Roof 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 read through the synopsis or libretto➝ while listening to the Fiddler on the Roof 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.


Chava

In My Own Little Corner” – Cinderella

Little Lamb” – Gypsy

Papa Can You Hear Me?” – Yentl  [film/non-musical theatre]

What Makes Me Love Him?” – The Apple Tree


Fruma Sarah

Last Midnight” – Into the Woods

Temptation” – Singin’ in the Rain

The Gypsy” – Jane Eyre

Wild and Reckless” – Drat! The Cat!


Golde

And I Was Beautiful” – Dear World

I’ve Never Said I Love You” – Dear World

No Wonder” – Yentl  [film/non-musical theatre]

What Is a Woman?” – I Do! I Do!


Grandma Tzeitel

Hey, Look Me Over” – Wildcat

Kiss Her Now” – Dear World

Life Is” – Zorba

Only Love” – Zorba


Hodel

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


Lazar Wolf

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


Motel

All I Need is the Girl” – Gypsy

Broadway Baby” – Dames at Sea

She Touched Me” – Drat! The Cat!

Wondrin’” – Anne of Green Gables


Perchik

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


Tevye

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


Tzeitel

A Quiet Thing” – Flora the Red Menace

People” – Funny Girl

Where Is It Written?” – Yentl  [film/non-musical theatre]

Who Are You Now?” – Funny Girl


Yente

No Time At All” – Pippin

Say Yes” – 70, Girls, 70

So What?” – Cabaret

What Would You Do?” – Cabaret


Ensemble (Altos)

Distant Melody” – Peter Pan

Open a New Window” – Mame

The Top of the Hill” – Zorba


Ensemble (Baritones)

Never Will I Marry” – Greenwillow

To My Wife” – Fanny

With So Little To Be Sure Of” – Anyone Can Whistle


Ensemble (Basses)

Dulcinea” – Man of La Mancha

Her Face” – Carnival!

The Impossible Dream” – Man of La Mancha


Ensemble (Contras)

Before I Kiss the World Goodbye” – Jennie

I Don’t Want to Know” – Dear World

Lazy Afternoon” – The Golden Apple


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

Cry Like the Wind” – Do Re Mi

Love, Look Away” – Flower Drum Song

The Way He Makes Me Feel” – Yentl   [film/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Sopranos)

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


Ensemble (Tenors)

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.


Act 1:

“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


Act 2:

“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.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for Fiddler on the Roof.
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

    • June 27, 2019 at 6:52 pm
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      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. 🙂

  • November 21, 2019 at 1:02 am
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    I would love some for Grandma Tzeitel, if possible. Love this list though!

    • November 21, 2019 at 9:55 pm
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      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! 🙂

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