Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for Forever Plaid – by Character

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

Since Forever Plaid is a pre-contemporary jukebox musical featuring songs from the 1950s, the songs below are either from the 1950s or in the 1950s-style.

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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 uptempo, 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 Forever Plaid cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.

Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide which character you’d like to audition for. 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 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.

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.


Beauty School Dropout” – Grease

I Don’t Want To” – All Shook Up

It Hurts Me” – All Shook Up

Rhythm of the Rain” – The Cascades [1960s/non-theatre]


Alone at the Drive-In Movie” – Grease

How Can I Say Goodbye?” – Zombie Prom

Mooning” – Grease

Those Magic Changes” – Grease


Aren’t You Glad You’re You” – Perry Como [1940s/non-theatre]

Don’t Be Cruel” – All Shook Up

Earth Angel” – The Penguins [1950s/non-theatre]

True Love Ways” – Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story


Honestly Sincere” – Bye Bye Birdie

Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer” – The Four Lads [1950s/non-theatre]

I’m a Man” – Bo Diddley [1950s/non-theatre]

Magic Moments” – Perry Como [1950s/non-theatre]

Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Forever Plaid:

• “Green Pepper➝” from Cocktails at Pam’s  (Estelle)

• “Harvey and I➝” from Harvey➝  (Elwood)

• “Hear That Song?➝” from Ohio  (Cat)

• “Johnny Talks Kids➝” from Frankie and Johnny…  (Johnny)

• “Well Done, Junior Disaster Committee!➝” from Cry-Baby  (Baldwin)

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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Forever Plaid Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Forever Plaid. 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 research purposes.

Act 1:

“Deus Ex Plaid”

“Three Coins in the Fountain”

“Gotta Be This or That” / “Undecided”

“Moments to Remember”

“Crazy ‘Bout Ya’ Baby”

“No, Not Much”



“Sixteen Tons” / “Chain Gang”

“The Plaids’ Catering Medley”

“A Tribute to Perry Como”

Act 2:

“Caribbean Plaid Medley”

“Heart and Soul”

“Lady of Spain”

“Scotland the Brave”

“Shangri-La” / “Rags to Riches”

“Love is a Many-Splendored Thing”

Which of these audition songs for Forever Plaid 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 Forever Plaid.
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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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