The Best Audition Songs for Guys and Dolls – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Guys and Dolls? 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 Guys and Dolls, broken down by character.

Since Guys and Dolls is a golden-age musical, the songs below are also from golden-age/post-golden age musicals. In addition, there is a classic and cool vibe to many of the songs 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 “Guys and Dolls 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 Guys and Dolls 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.


Arvide Abernathy

How to Handle a Woman” – Camelot

I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” – My Fair Lady

Rosie” – Bye Bye Birdie

Young and Foolish” – Plain and Fancy


Miss Adelaide

A Little Brains, A Little Talent” – Damn Yankees

A Little Girl from Little Rock” – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

One Hundred Easy Ways” – Wonderful Town


Nathan Detroit

Heart” – Damn Yankees

Once In Love With Amy” – Where’s Charley?

She Touched Me” – Drat! The Cat!

When I’m Not Near The Girl I Love” – Finian’s Rainbow


Nicely-Nicely Johnson

Brush Up Your Shakespeare” – Kiss Me, Kate

Kids” – Bye Bye Birdie

Shipoopi” – The Music Man

There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame” – South Pacific

What a Waste” – Wonderful Town


Sarah Brown

A Little Bit in Love” – Wonderful Town

One Boy” – Bye Bye Birdie

This is All Very New to Me” – Plain and Fancy

Why Can’t You Behave?” – Kiss Me, Kate


Sky Masterson

All I Need is the Girl” – Gypsy

It Only Takes a Moment” – Hello, Dolly!

Too Darn Hot” – Kiss Me, Kate

You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” – South Pacific


Ensemble (Altos)

It’s a Perfect Relationship” – Bells are Ringing

The Gentleman is a Dope” – Allegro

We Deserve Each Other” – Me and Juliet


Ensemble (Baritones)

Beautiful Girl” – Singin’ in the Rain

Never Will I Marry” – Greenwillow

There But For You Go I” – Brigadoon


Ensemble (Basses)

A Fellow Needs a Girl” – Allegro

Just in Time” – Bells are Ringing

Some Enchanted Evening” – South Pacific


Ensemble (Contras)

I Believe in You” – How to Succeed in Business

If You Hadn’t But You Did” – Two on the Aisle

Let Me Sing and I’m Happy” – White Christmas


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

Everybody’s Got a Home But Me” – Pipe Dream

Sweet Thursday” – Pipe Dream

The Next Time it Happens” – Pipe Dream


Ensemble (Sopranos)

How Lovely to Be a Woman” – Bye Bye Birdie

Somebody, Somewhere” – The Most Happy Fella

Would You?” – Singin’ in the Rain


Ensemble (Tenors)

Moses Supposes” – Singin’ in the Rain

Singin’ in the Rain” – Singin’ in the Rain

Old Devil Moon” – Finian’s Rainbow


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Guys and Dolls:

• “I Don’t Know➝” from Sun Dried➝  (Mary Louise)

• “In a Minute” from The Anniversary➝  (Tatiana)

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

• “Where Is He?➝” from The Father Clock➝  (Flub)

• “You Won’t Misunderstand Me” from The Goal➝  (Sir Stephen)


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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Guys and Dolls Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Guys and Dolls, 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:

“Fugue for Tinhorns” – Nicely, Benny, Rusty

“Follow the Fold” – Sarah, Ensemble

“The Oldest Established” – Nathan, Benny, Nicely, Ensemble

“I’ll Know” – Sarah, Sky

“A Bushel and a Peck” – Adelaide, Ensemble

Adelaide’s Lament” – Adelaide

“Guys and Dolls” – Nicely, Benny

If I Were a Bell” – Sarah

My Time of Day” – Sky

“I’ve Never Been in Love Before” – Sky, Sarah


Act 2:

Take Back Your Mink” – Adelaide, Ensemble

“Adelaide’s Lament (Reprise)” – Adelaide

More I Cannot Wish You” – Arvide

Luck Be a Lady” – Sky, Ensemble

“Sue Me” – Adelaide, Nathan

Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” – Nicely, Ensemble

“Marry the Man Today” – Adelaide, Sarah

“Guys and Dolls (Reprise)” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Guys and Dolls 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 Guys and Dolls.
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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