The Best Audition Songs for Hello, Dolly! – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Hello, Dolly!? 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 Hello, Dolly!, by character.

Since Hello, Dolly! is a post-golden age musical, most of the below songs are from post-golden age musicals as well. In addition, there is a classic/energetic vibe to many of the following 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 “Hello, Dolly 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 Hello, Dolly 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.

Cornelius Hackl

Broadway Baby” – Dames at Sea

Grand Knowing You” – She Loves Me

Miracle of Miracles” – Fiddler on the Roof

Too Many Tomorrows” – Sweet Charity

Dolly Gallagher Levi

Go Home, Train!” – Fade Out – Fade In

If My Friends Could See Me Now” – Sweet Charity

I’m a Brass Band” – Sweet Charity

Sing Happy” – Flora, the Red Menace

Horace Vandergelder

Come Back to Me” – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Real Live Girl” – Little Me

That Man Over There” – Here’s Love

This is a Great Country” – Mr. President

Irene Molloy

I’ve Never Said I Love You” – Dear World

Secret Love” – Calamity Jane

Who Are You Now?” – Funny Girl

You Don’t Know” – Here’s Love

Ensemble (Altos)

Hurry! It’s Lovely Up Here” – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

The Usher from the Mezzanine” – Fade Out – Fade In

What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?” – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Ensemble (Baritones)

If I Be Your Best Chance” – Walking Happy

She Loves Me” – She Loves Me

What Makes it Happen?” – Walking Happy

Ensemble (Basses)

Her Face” – Carnival!

I’ll Never Say No” – The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Not Mine” – Hallelujah, Baby!

Ensemble (Contras)

A Parade in Town” – Anyone Can Whistle

Before I Kiss the World Goodbye” – Jennie

Hey, Look Me Over” – Wildcat

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Ensemble (Mezzos)

A Quiet Thing” – Flora, the Red Menace

Open the Window” – Anne of Green Gables

Now’s the Time” – Hallelujah, Baby!

Ensemble (Sopranos)

Dear Friend” – She Loves Me

Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm” – How to Succeed in Business

Love, Don’t Turn Away” – 110 in the Shade

Ensemble (Tenors)

I Will Follow You” – Milk and Honey

I’ve Just Seen Her” – All American

She Touched Me” – Drat! The Cat!

Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Hello, Dolly!:

• “I Shall Go Mad!” from Fourteen➝

• “Tommy Has Proposed” from An Ideal Husband➝  (Mabel)

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

• “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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Hello, Dolly! Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Hello, Dolly!, 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:

“Call On Dolly” – Ensemble

I Put My Hand In” – Dolly

It Takes A Woman” – Cornelius, Barnaby, Horace, Ensemble

“It Takes A Woman (Reprise)” – Horace, Dolly

“World, Take Me Back” – Dolly

“Put On Your Sunday Clothes” – Cornelius, Barnaby, Dolly, Ensemble

Ribbons Down My Back” – Irene

“Ribbons Down My Back (Reprise)” – Irene

“Motherhood” – Dolly, Irene, Minnie

“Dancing” – Dolly, Cornelius, Barnaby, Irene

Before The Parade Passes By” – Dolly, Ensemble

“Finale: Act I” – Dolly

Act 2:

“Elegance” – Cornelius, Barnaby, Irene, Minnie

“Hello, Dolly!” – Dolly, Ensemble

“Hello, Dolly! (Reprise)” – Ensemble

It Only Takes a Moment” – Cornelius

“So Long Dearie” – Dolly

“Finale Ultimo” – Company

Which of these audition songs for Hello, Dolly! 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 Hello Dolly!.
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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