Do you have an upcoming audition for Holiday Inn? 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 Holiday Inn, broken down by character.
Since Holiday Inn is a contemporary remake of a 1940s film, the songs below are from golden age/pre-golden age musicals and styles as well. In addition, there is a classic/light-hearted vibe to most 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 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:
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 Holiday Inn cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis. Or you can watch the live recording of the show➝.
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.
“Just One of Those Things” – High Society
“They Can’t Take That Away From Me” – Crazy for You
“You Were Meant for Me” – Singin’ in the Rain
“You’re Too Far Away” – Nymph Errant
“Better Luck Next Time” – Top Hat
“Let Me Sing and I’m Happy” – White Christmas
“Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” – George White’s Scandals
“You Are My Lucky Star” – Singin’ in the Rain
“A Kiss for Cinderella” – Of Thee I Sing
“I Am in Love” – Can-Can
“My Wish” – Here’s Love
“Treat Me Rough” – Girl Crazy
“Can This Be Love?” – Fine and Dandy
“My Funny Valentine” – Babes in Arms
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – The Wizard of Oz
“Nice Work If You Can Get It” – Nice Work If You Can Get It
“Singin’ in the Rain” – Singin’ in the Rain
“You’re Sensational” – High Society
“Easy to Love” – Anything Goes
“The Man I Used to Be” – Pipe Dream
“What Chance Have I With Love?” – Louisiana Purchase
“Boy! What Love Has Done to Me” – Girl Crazy
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Meet Me in St. Louis
“Why Can’t You Behave?” – Kiss Me, Kate
Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!
“Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye” – Anything Goes
“Sweet Thursday” – Pipe Dream
“What Good Is Love?” – Pins and Needles
“So Far” – Allegro
“So in Love” – Kiss Me, Kate
“Would You?” – Singin’ in the Rain
“A New Love is Old” – The Cat in the Fiddle
“Starting at the Bottom” – Fine and Dandy
“The Song Is You” – Music in the Air
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Holiday Inn:
• “Play Memory” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝
• “Playing With Fired” 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!
Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!
Holiday Inn Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Holiday Inn, 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.
“Steppin’ Out with My Baby” / “I’ll Capture Her Heart” – Jim, Ted, Lila, Ensemble
“The Little Things in Life” – Jim
“Blue Skies” – Jim, Ensemble
“Marching Along With Time” – Linda, Jim
“Heat Wave” – Ted, Lila, Ensemble
“It’s a Lovely Day Today” – Jim, Lila, Louise
“Plenty to Be Thankful For” – Ted, Lila, Ensemble
“Plenty to Be Thankful For (Reprise)” – Linda, Charlie
“Marching Along With Time (Reprise)” – Linda
“Nothing More to Say” – Linda
“Shaking the Blues Away” – Louise, Jim, Ensemble
“White Christmas” – Jim, Linda
“Holiday Inn” / “Happy Holiday” – Jim, Louise, Ensemble
“Let’s Start the New Year Right” – Linda, Ensemble
“You’re Easy to Dance With” – Ted, Ensemble
“Let’s Take an Old-Fashioned Walk” – Jim, Linda
“Be Careful, It’s My Heart” – Jim, Linda
“Cheek to Cheek” – Ted, Linda, Ensemble
“Easter Parade” – Jim, Linda, Ted, Ensemble
“Song of Freedom” – Linda, Ted, Jim, Ensemble
“Let’s Say It With Firecrackers” – Ted, Linda
“Nothing More to Say (Reprise)” – Linda
“White Christmas (Reprise)” – Linda, Jim, Ted
“Finale” – Company
Which of these audition songs for Holiday Inn 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.
Need extra help? Just go through this free audition prep checklist!
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.