Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for Godspell – by Character

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

Since Godspell is a 1970s musical, the following songs are from shows between the 1970s – 1990s. There are also lots of folk and gospel selections below to match the musical’s 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 rock song, something contemporary, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call.

Step 2: Study the show

Before auditioning, you should get familiar with the show, and listening to the cast album is a great way to do that. Here’s where you can learn more about Godspell.

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 (rather than a specific character), there’s always a chance of being cast in a leading or 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.


Dreamer in Disguise” – Carrie

Gethsemane” – Jesus Christ Superstar

Morning Glow” – Pippin

Welcome” – The Who’s Tommy

John the Baptist / Judas

A World Without You” – Children of Eden

Pilate’s Dream” – Jesus Christ Superstar

The Mason” – Working

Wicked Little Town” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Home” – The Wiz

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

Soon As I Get Home” – The Wiz

There’s Only One Way to End Your Prayers” – Nunsense II


Free At Last” – Big River

King Herod’s Song” – Jesus Christ Superstar

Midnight Radio” – Hedwig and the Angry Inch

The Hardest Part of Love” – Children of Eden


Believe in Yourself” – The Wiz

Let It Sing” – Violet

Millwork” – Working

Shadowland” – The Lion King


Measure the Valleys” – Raisin

Set Those Sails” – In Trousers

These Eyes of Mine” – Grind

You Can’t Get to Heaven” – The Life


Corner of the Sky” – Pippin

Lost in the Wilderness” – Children of Eden

River Jordan” – The Civil War

We’re Not Gonna Take It” – The Who’s Tommy

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

Step 4: Select a monologue

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

• “I Can’t Write” from The Genius➝

I Just Wanted to Say➝ from Footloose  (Ren)

• “I Took the Long Way➝” from Footloose  (Shaw)

I’m Standing Before You➝” from Footloose  (Shaw)

• “Maybe I’m Wrong” from The Genius➝  (Boy)

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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Godspell Song List

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

“Tower of Babbel” – Company

“Prepare Ye” – John the Baptist, Company

Save the People” – Jesus, Company

Day by Day” – Anna Marie, Company

Learn Your Lessons Well” – Celisse, Company

Bless the Lord” – Lindsay, Company

“All for the Best” – Jesus, Judas, Company

All Good Gifts” – Telly, Company

“Light of the World” – George, Company

Act 2:

“Turn Back, O Man” – Morgan, Jesus, Company

Alas for You” – Jesus

By My Side” – Uzo, Company

We Beseech Thee” – Nick, Company

Beautiful City” – Jesus

On the Willows” – Judas

“Finale” – Jesus, Company

Which of these audition songs for Godspell 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 Godspell.
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.


2 thoughts on “The Best Audition Songs for Godspell – by Character

  • I like Godspell when I was a little and I sing Day By Day at the church when I was 7 years old.

    • Wow, what a fun memory! I hope you’re still singing these days!

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