The Best Audition Songs for Footloose – by Character

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

Since Footloose is a pre-contemporary musical, the following songs are from the 1970s-1990s as well. In addition, there are lots of high energy, pop/rock, and 80s 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 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 “Footloose 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 Footloose 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.


Ariel Moore

Coming Out of the Dark” – On Your Feet!

Nobody’s Side” – Chess

Live For Loving You” – On Your Feet!

The Winner Takes It All” – Mamma Mia!


Ren

Can’t Keep it Down” – Fame

I Chose Right” – Baby

I Want to Make Magic” – Fame

Knowing Me, Knowing You” – Mamma Mia!


Rusty

All Through the Night” – Cyndi Lauper  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

Someday” – The Wedding Singer

The Way of Love” – The Cher Show

There She Goes! / Fame” – Fame


Shaw Moore

Bring Him Home” – Les Misérables

Endless Night” – The Lion King

The Hardest Part of Love” – Children of Eden

This is the Moment” – Jekyll & Hyde


Vi Moore

Come to Your Senses” – Tick, Tick…BOOM!

Heaven Help My Heart” – Chess

I Don’t Know How to Love Him” – Jesus Christ Superstar

The Story Goes On” – Baby


Willard Hewitt

Look Around” – The Will Rogers Follies

Never Met a Man I Didn’t Like” – The Will Rogers Follies

Mamaw” – Pump Boys and Dinettes

That’s What I Could Do” – Violet


Ensemble (Altos)

Take That Look Off Your Face” – Tell Me on a Sunday

These Are My Children” – Fame

Think of Meryl Streep” – Fame


Ensemble (Baritones)

Serve Yourself” – Pump Boys and Dinettes

The Kid Inside” – Is There Life After High School?

Worlds Apart” – Big River


Ensemble (Basses)

Fathers and Sons” – Working

Mama, a Rainbow” – Minnie’s Boys

Three is a Magic Number” – Schoolhouse Rock Live!


Ensemble (Contras)

Famous” – On Your Feet!

Rolling Stock” – Starlight Express

Teaching Third Grade” – Ruthless!


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

All At Once” – The Bodyguard

Greatest Love of All” – Whitney Houston  [pop/non-musical theatre]

In L.A.” – Fame


Ensemble (Tenors)

Dreamer in Disguise” – Carrie

See Her Smile” – Tick, Tick … Boom!

Things I Learned in High School” – Is There Life After High School?


Step 4: Select a monologue

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

• “A Girl’s Guide to Chaos” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

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

• “Picture Show Video” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “That’s All I Got➝” from Other Desert Cities  (Trip)

• “Well, We Were Doing This➝” from A Chorus Line  (Paul)


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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Footloose Song List

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

“Footloose / On Any Sunday” – Ren, Shaw, Ethel, Vi, Ariel, Ensemble

“The Girl Gets Around” – Chuck, Ariel, Lyle, Travis

I Can’t Stand Still” – Ren

“Somebody’s Eyes” – Rusty, Urleen, Wendy Jo

“Learning to Be Silent” – Vi, Ethel, Ariel

Holding Out for a Hero” – Ariel, Rusty, Urleen, Wendy Jo

Heaven Help Me” – Shaw

“I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)” – Ren, Shaw, Ensemble


Act 2:

“Still Rockin'” – Cowboy Bob

“Let’s Make Believe We’re In Love” – Irene

Let’s Hear It for the Boy” – Rusty

Can You Find it in Your Heart?” – Vi

Mama Says” – Willard, Jeter, Bickle, Garvin, Ren

“Almost Paradise” – Ren, Ariel

“Dancing Is Not A Crime” – Ren, Willard, Jeter, Bickle, Garvin

“I Confess” – Shaw

“Can You Find it in Your Heart? (Reprise)” – Shaw

“Footloose (Finale)” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Footloose 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 Footloose.
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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