The Best Audition Songs for Hamilton – by Character

Dreaming of auditioning for Hamilton one day? 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 Hamilton, broken down by character.

Hamilton is a new contemporary musical heavy in rap, pop, and R&B. At the moment, all auditions will be held through official casting calls, which are currently requesting pop/rock/rap songs for your audition. That’s why you’ll see that there are very few musical theatre songs for you to choose from below.

TIP: Prepare two songs from the following list (one rap/one non-rap) in order to be extra prepared for your audition.


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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 uptempo, 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:

Musical Theatre Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Hamilton 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 Hamilton cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis or libretto➝. 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.


Aaron Burr

Glory” – John Legend  [rap/non-musical theatre]

Grenade” – Bruno Mars  [R&B/non-musical theatre]

I Need a Dollar” – Aloe Blacc  [pop/non-musical theatre]

Losers” – The Weeknd  [R&B/non-musical theatre]


Alexander Hamilton

Glorious” – Macklemore  [rap/non-musical theatre]

Lose Yourself” – Eminem  [rap/non-musical theatre]

Mockingbird” – Eminem  [rap/non-musical theatre]

Not Afraid” – Eminem  [rap/non-musical theatre]


Angelica Schuyler

Breathe” – In the Heights

Grand Piano” – Nicki Minaj  [pop/R&B/non-musical theatre]

It’s All Happening” – Bring It On

Love the Way You Lie (Part II)” – Rihanna  [rap/R&B/non-musical theatre]


Eliza Hamilton

Good Job” – Alicia Keys  [pop/R&B/non-musical theatre]

Natasha Lost” – The Great Comet

No One Else” – The Great Comet

Underdog” – Alicia Keys  [pop/R&B/non-musical theatre]


George Washington

All of Me” – John Legend  [pop/R&B/non-musical theatre]

Fire on Fire” – Sam Smith  [pop/R&B/non-musical theatre]

Preach” – John Legend  [pop/R&B/non-musical theatre]

Shelter” – John Legend  [pop/R&B/non-musical theatre]


John Laurens / Philip Hamilton

96,000” – In the Heights

Battle Scars” – Guy Sebastian  [rap/R&B/non-musical theatre]

It’s All Happening” – Bring It On  [Rap 1:30-2:02]

See You Again” – Wiz Khalifa/Charlie Puth  [rap/pop/non-musical theatre]


King George

Expectations” – Amazing Grace

Let It Be” – Labrinth  [pop/non-musical theatre]

Something’s Got to Give” – Labrinth  [pop/non-musical theatre]

You’re Welcome” – Moana/Moana JR.


Marquis De Lafayette  / Thomas Jefferson

Before I Go” – Guy Sebastian  [R&B/non-musical theatre]

Changer” – Maître Gims  [French R&B/non-musical theatre]

Choir” – Guy Sebastian  [rap/pop/non-musical theatre]

Zombie” – Maître Gims  [French rap/non-musical theatre]


Peggy Schuyler / Maria Reynolds

Burden Down” – Jennifer Hudson  [R&B/non-musical theatre]

Rock the Boat” – Aaliyah  [R&B/non-musical theatre]

So Gone” – Monica  [R&B/rap/non-musical theatre]

Still Here” – Jennifer Hudson  [R&B/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Altos)

Rain on Me” – Ashanti  [R&B/non-musical theatre]

We’re Not Done” – Bring It On

Where Did I Go?” – Jorja Smith  [R&B/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Baritones/Basses)

Empire State of Mind” – JAY-Z  [rap/non-musical theatre]

Growing Up” – Macklemore  [rap/non-musical theatre]

Inútil” – In the Heights


Ensemble (Contras)

Amen” – Andra Day  [R&B/non-musical theatre]

Delivery” – Working

The Boy is Mine” – Brandy  [R&B/non-musical theatre]


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

God is a Woman” – Ariana Grande  [pop/rap/non-musical theatre]

Rise Up” – Andra Day  [R&B/non-musical theatre]

Wreckless Love” – Alicia Keys  [R&B/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Cranes in the Sky” – Solange  [R&B/pop/non-musical theatre]

Girl on Fire” – Alicia Keys  [R&B/pop/non-musical theatre]

I Wish You Knew” – Mariah Carey  [R&B/pop/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Tenors)

Hold On” – Lysistrata Jones

If You’re Out There” – John Legend  [pop/non-musical theatre]

Jealous” – Labrinth  [pop/non-musical theatre]


Step 4: Select a monologue

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

• “Church & State” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Going Mad➝” from Always Ridiculous➝

• “I Can’t Trust Anything➝” from Watson Intelligence  (Eliza)

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

• “We the People” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝


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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Hamilton Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Hamilton, 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.


Act 1:

“Alexander Hamilton” – Burr, Laurens, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, Eliza, Washington, Company

“Aaron Burr, Sir” – Hamilton, Burr, Laurens, Lafayette, Mulligan, Company

“My Shot” – Hamilton, Laurens, Lafayette, Mulligan, Burr, Company

“The Story of Tonight” – Hamilton, Laurens, Mulligan, Lafayette, Company

“The Schuyler Sisters” – Angelica, Eliza, Peggy, Burr, Company

“Farmer Refuted” – Seabury, Hamilton, Burr, Company

“You’ll Be Back” – King George III, Company

“Right Hand Man” – Washington, Hamilton, Burr, Company

“A Winter’s Ball” – Burr, Hamilton, Company

“Helpless” – Eliza, Company

“Satisfied” – Angelica, Company

“The Story of Tonight (Reprise)” – Laurens, Mulligan, Lafayette, Hamilton, Burr

“Wait for It” – Burr, Company

“Stay Alive” – Hamilton, Washington, Laurens, Lafayette, Mulligan, Lee, Eliza, Angelica, Company

“Ten Duel Commandments” – Laurens, Hamilton, Lee, Burr, Company

“Meet Me Inside” – Hamilton, Burr, Laurens, Washington, Company

“That Would Be Enough” – Eliza, Hamilton

“G*ns and Ships” – Burr, Lafayette, Washington, Company

“History Has Its Eyes on You” – Washington, Hamilton, Company

“Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)” – Hamilton, Lafayette, Laurens, Mulligan, Washington, Company

“What Comes Next?” – King George III

“Dear Theodosia” – Burr, Hamilton

“Non-Stop” – Burr, Hamilton, Angelica, Eliza, Washington, Company


Act 2:

“What’d I Miss?” – Jefferson, Burr, Madison, Company

“Cabinet Battle #1” – Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison

“Take a Break” – Eliza, Philip, Hamilton, Angelica

“Say No to This” – Maria Reynolds, Burr, Hamilton, James, Company

“The Room Where It Happens” – Burr, Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, Company

“Schuyler Defeated” – Philip, Eliza, Hamilton, Burr

“Cabinet Battle #2” – Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison

“Washington on Your Side” – Burr, Jefferson, Madison, Company

“One Last Time” – Washington, Hamilton, Company

“I Know Him” – King George III

“The Adams Administration” – Burr, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison, Company

“We Know” – Hamilton, Jefferson, Burr, Madison

“Hurricane” – Hamilton, Company

“The Reynolds Pamphlet” – Jefferson, Madison, Burr, Hamilton, Angelica, James, Company

“Burn” – Eliza

“Blow Us All Away” – Philip, Washington, Hamilton, Company

“Stay Alive (Reprise)” – Hamilton, Philip, Eliza, Company

“It’s Quiet Uptown” – Angelica, Hamilton, Eliza, Company

“The Election of 1800” – Jefferson, Madison, Burr, Hamilton, Company

“Your Obedient Servant” – Burr, Hamilton, Company

“Best of Wives and Best of Women” – Eliza, Hamilton

“The World Was Wide Enough” – Burr, Hamilton, Company

“Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story” – Eliza, Company


Which of these audition songs for Hamilton 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 Hamilton.
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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