The Best Audition Songs for Ghost – by Character
Do you have an upcoming audition for Ghost? 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 Ghost, broken down by character.
Since Ghost is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there are lots of pop/rock 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 contemporary, 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 Ghost 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.
“Keep on Standing” – Rocky
“I Am Back” – American Psycho
“My Manhattan” – Daddy Long Legs
“This Is Not An Exit” – American Psycho
“A Girl Before” – American Psycho
“Manhattan Bridge” – Next Thing You Know
“See I’m Smiling” – The Last Five Years
“You Learn to Live Without” – If/Then
Oda Mae Brown
“Fabulous, Baby!” – Sister Act
“I Didn’t Plan It” – Waitress
“It’s a Sign” – If/Then
“It’s a Woman’s World” – The Full Monty
“As Good As I Get” – Next Thing You Know
“Come Back” – Dogfight
“Thin Air” – Amélie
“What Would You Do?” – If/Then
“You Don’t Need to Love Me” – If/Then
“Before It’s Over” – Dogfight
“Portrait of a Girl” – Bare
“So Big / So Small” – Dear Evan Hansen
“Adrian” – Rocky
“Favorite Places” – Ordinary Days
“Hey, Kid” – If/Then
“Everything About You” – Groundhog Day
“We Look to You” – The Prom
“Welcome to the World” – A Man of No Importance
“There Was John” – Tootsie
“Turn Off the Dark” – Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
“When the Booth Goes Bright” – Amélie
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“I Can’t Go Back” – Pretty Woman
“So Anyway” – Next to Normal
“Some Things Fall Away” – Alice by Heart
“Tuesdays, Thursdays” – Far from Heaven
“Uninvited” – Jagged Little Pill
“What Only Love Can See” – Chaplin
“He’s Not Here” – Next to Normal
“Run Away With Me” – The Mad Ones
“You Never Know” – If/Then
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Ghost:
• “Bread and Circuses” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝
• “Fun House Mirror” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝
• “I Can’t Trust Anything➝” from Watson Intelligence (Eliza)
• “Rooms” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝
• “Spirit” 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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Ghost Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Ghost, 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.
“Here Right Now” – Molly, Sam
“Unchained Melody” – Sam
“More” – Carl, Sam, Ensemble
“Three Little Words” – Molly, Sam
“Sam’s Murder” – Sam, Molly, Willie
“I Can’t Breathe” – Sam
“Are You a Believer?” – Oda Mae, Ensemble
“With You” – Molly
“Suspend My Disbelief / I Had a Life” – Molly, Carl, Sam, Ensemble
“Rain / Hold On” – Molly, Sam, Ensemble
“Unchained Melody (Reprise)” – Molly, Sam
“Life Turns On a Dime” – Carl, Molly, Sam
“Focus” – Subway Ghost
“Talkin’ ‘Bout a Miracle” – Hospital Ghost, Oda Mae, Ensemble
“Nothing Stops Another Day” – Molly
“I’m Outta Here” – Oda Mae, Ensemble
“Unchained Melody (Dance) / The Love Inside” – Sam, Molly
Which of these audition songs for Ghost 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.