The Best Audition Songs for Gypsy – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Gypsy? 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 Gypsy, by character.

Since Gypsy came out towards the end of the golden age, the songs below are also from musicals between the 1950s – 1970s. In addition, there are lots of youthful, high-energy, and classic 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 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 “Gypsy 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 through the libretto➝ or synopsis while listening to the Gypsy cast album➝.


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.


Baby June

I Gotta Crow” – Peter Pan

I Won’t Grow Up” – Peter Pan

In My Own Little Corner” – Cinderella

Shy” – Once Upon a Mattress


Herbie

More I Cannot Wish You” – Guys and Dolls

My Time of Day” – Guys and Dolls

Something Was Missing” – Annie

The Man I Used to Be” – Pipe Dream


June

Be Kind to Your Parents” – Fanny

Go Home, Train!” – Fade Out – Fade In

Sweet Thursday” – Pipe Dream

The Next Time it Happens” – Pipe Dream


Louise

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

Love, Look Away” – Flower Drum Song

Never Never Land” – Peter Pan

Who Are You Now?” – Funny Girl


Rose

Don’t Rain on My Parade” – Funny Girl

Losing My Mind” – Follies

The Beast in You” – Goldilocks

The Music That Makes Me Dance” – Funny Girl


Tulsa

Broadway Baby” – Dames at Sea

Grand Knowing You” – She Loves Me

Shall I Take My Heart” – Goldilocks

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


Ensemble (Altos)

It’s a Perfect Relationship” – Bells Are Ringing

One Hundred Easy Ways” – Wonderful Town

On the Other Side of the Tracks” – Little Me


Ensemble (Baritones)

Rosie” – Bye Bye Birdie

If I Ruled the World” – Pickwick

Young and Foolish” – Plain and Fancy


Ensemble (Basses)

Just in Time” – Bells are Ringing

Not Mine” – Hallelujah, Baby!

Why Should I Wake Up?” – Cabaret


Ensemble (Contras)

A Little Brains, A Little Talent” – Damn Yankees

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)

I’ll Show Him” – Plain and Fancy

I’m Going Back” – Bells are Ringing

Satin and Silk” – Silk Stockings


Ensemble (Sopranos)

A Little Bit in Love” – Wonderful Town

How Lovely to Be a Woman” – Bye Bye Birdie

Mr. Wonderful” – Mr. Wonderful


Ensemble (Tenors)

Goodbye, Old Girl” – Damn Yankees

Like a God” – Flower Drum Song

She Touched Me” – Drat! The Cat!


Ensemble (Trebles/Children)

Gary, Indiana” – The Music Man

My Best Girl” – Mame

Where is Love?” – Oliver!


Step 4: Select a monologue

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

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

• “Mother Moon➝” from Fading Joy➝  (Joy)

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

• “You’re Quite a Girl➝” from 42nd Street  (Julian)

• “You’ve Got to Come Back a Star➝” from 42nd Street  (Julian)


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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Gypsy Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Gypsy 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:

“May We Entertain You?” – Baby June, Baby Louise, Rose

Some People” – Rose

“Some People (Reprise)” – Rose, Ensemble

“Small World” – Rose, Herbie

“Baby June and Her Newsboys / Let Me Entertain You” – Baby June, Ensemble

“Mr. Goldstone” – Rose, Herbie, Ensemble

Little Lamb” – Louise

“You’ll Never Get Away From Me” – Rose, Herbie

“Dainty June and Her Farmboys” – June, Louise, Ensemble

If Momma Was Married” – June, Louise

All I Need Is the Girl” – Tulsa

Everything’s Coming up Roses” – Rose


Act 2:

“Toreadorables” – Louise, Rose, Ensemble

“Together Wherever We Go” – Rose, Herbie, Louise

“You Gotta Get a Gimmick” – Ensemble

“Let Me Entertain You” – Louise

Rose’s Turn” – Rose


Which of these audition songs for Gypsy 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 Gypsy.
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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