The Best Audition Songs for Grease – by Character

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

Since Grease is a 1970s musical that’s set in the 1950s, the following songs have 50s/60s vibes to them. There are also a few non-musical theatre pop/rock songs from the 50s/60s below in case your audition specifically calls for that.


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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 “Grease 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 the synopsis while listening to the Grease cast album➝. Or you can watch the live recording➝.


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.


Betty Rizzo

Don’t Make Me Over” – Dionne Warwick  [60s pop/non-theatre]

Let Yourself Go” – All Shook Up

There’s Always Me” – All Shook Up

Where the Boys Are” – Connie Francis  [60s/non-musical theatre]


Danny Zuko

How Can I Say Goodbye?” – Zombie Prom

I Don’t Want To” – All Shook Up

It Takes Two” – Hairspray

Serve Yourself” – Pump Boys and Dinettes


Doody

Baby Don’t Go” – The Cher Show/Sonny & Cher

Heartbeat” – Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

It Hurts Me” – All Shook Up

Since I Don’t Have You” – Baby It’s You/The Skyliners


Frenchy

Funny” – My Favorite Year

It’s a Perfect Relationship” – Bells are Ringing

It’s My Party” – Baby It’s You/Lesley Gore

Judy’s Turn to Cry” – Lesley Gore  [60s rock/non-musical theatre]


Kenickie

Honestly Sincere” – Bye Bye Birdie

Jailhouse Rock” – All Shook Up

Lucille” – Jerry Lee Lewis  [50s rock/non-musical theatre]

Music of My Soul” – Memphis


Marty

Be Anything” – Connie Francis  [50s pop/non-theatre]

Downtown” – Petula Clark [60s pop/non-musical theatre]

I Say a Little Prayer” – Dionne Warwick/Promises, Promises

Screw Loose” – Cry Baby


Roger “Rump”

Earth Angel” – The Penguins  [50s pop/non-theatre]

Grow for Me” – Little Shop of Horrors

It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” – Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Who’s Sorry Now?” – Return to the Forbidden Planet


Sandra “Sandy” Dombrowski

Disneyland” – Smile

Fools Fall in Love” – All Shook Up

One Night With You” – All Shook Up

Out Here On My Own” – Fame


Teen Angel

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” – Jersey Boys

Cry for Me” – Jersey Boys

Fallen Angel” – Jersey Boys

True Love Ways” – Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story


Ensemble (Altos)

Rookie in the Ring” – My Favorite Year

Stupid Cupid” – The Marvelous Wonderettes

Whoever You Are, I Love You” – Promises, Promises


Ensemble (Baritones)

Crackin’ Up” – Bo Diddley  [50s rock/non-musical theatre]

Love Me Tender” – All Shook Up/Elvis Presley

Rhythm of the Rain” – Baby It’s You/The Cascades


Ensemble (Basses)

Don’t Be Cruel” – All Shook Up

Multiplication” – Bobby Darin  [60s/non-theatre]

One Last Kiss” – Bye Bye Birdie


Ensemble (Contras)

Mama Said” – Baby It’s You/The Shirelles

Pills” – Bo Diddley

Radio” – Memphis


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Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Easy to Say” – Zombie Prom

Sincerely” – The McGuire Sisters

Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” – Lesley Gore  [60s/non-theatre]


Ensemble (Tenors)

Big Love” – Memphis

Ladies’ Choice” – Hairspray

Memphis Lives in Me” – Memphis


Step 4: Select a monologue

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

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

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

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

• “The Pact” in The Acting Coach Approach: 48 Monologues for Kids➝

• “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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Grease Song List

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

“Grease” – Company

“Summer Nights” – Sandy, Danny, T-Birds, Pink Ladies, Ensemble

Those Magic Changes” – Doody, T-Birds, Ensemble

Freddy, My Love” – Marty, Pink Ladies

Greased Lightnin’” – Kenickie, Danny, T-Birds, Ensemble

“Rydell Fight Song” – Sandy, Patty

Mooning” – Roger, Jan

Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” – Rizzo, Pink Ladies

“We Go Together” – Ensemble


Act 2:

“Shakin’ at the High School Hop” – Ensemble

It’s Raining on Prom Night” – Sandy, Jan

“Born to Hand Jive” – Vince Fontaine, Ensemble

Hopelessly Devoted to You” – Sandy

Beauty School Dropout” – Teen Angel, Ensemble

Sandy” – Danny

“Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Queen” – Doody, Roger

There Are Worse Things I Could Do” – Rizzo

Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee (Reprise)” – Sandy

“You’re the One That I Want” – Danny, Sandy, Ensemble

“We Go Together (Reprise)” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Grease 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 Grease.
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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