Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for How to Succeed in Business – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying? 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 How to Succeed in Business, broken down by character.

Since How to Succeed in Business is a 1960s musical, the following songs are from the 1940s – 1960s. There are also lots of comedic selections below to match the musical’s style.

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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.

Step 2: Study the show

Before auditioning, you should get familiar with the show, and listening to the cast album is a great way to do that. Here’s where you can learn more about How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

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 (rather than a specific character), there’s always a chance of being cast in a leading or 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.

Bud Frump

Grand Knowing You” – She Loves Me

Half As Big As Life” – Promises, Promises

Ilona” – She Loves Me

Upstairs” – Promises, Promises

Hedy LaRue

A Trip to the Library” – She Loves Me

If My Friends Could See Me Now” – Sweet Charity

On the Other Side of the Tracks” – Little Me

One Hundred Easy Ways” – Wonderful Town

J.B. Biggley

Days Gone By” – She Loves Me

She Likes Basketball” – Promises, Promises

This Is a Great Country” – Mr. President

Wanting Things” – Promises Promises

J. Pierrepont Finch

It Only Takes a Moment” – Hello, Dolly!

Miracle of Miracles” – Fiddler on the Roof

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

Try Me” – She Loves Me

Mr. Twimble

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

Heart” – Damn Yankees

Sweet Charity” – Sweet Charity

That Man Over There” – Miracle on 34th Street

Rosemary Pilkington

If I Were a Bell” – Guys and Dolls

Somebody, Somewhere” – The Most Happy Fella

Warm All Over” – The Most Happy Fella

Would You?” – Singin’ in the Rain


I’m a Brass Band” – Sweet Charity

Sing Happy” – Flora, the Red Menace

The Music That Makes Me Dance” – Funny Girl

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

Ensemble (Altos)

A House Is Not a Home” – Promises, Promises

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

Why Go Anywhere At All?” – The Gay Life

Ensemble (Baritones)

Broadway Baby” – Dames at Sea

My Wish” – Miracle on 34th Street

She Wasn’t You” – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Ensemble (Basses)

A Wonderful Day Like Today” – The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd

If I Ruled the World” – Pickwick

Not Mine” – Hallelujah, Baby!

Ensemble (Contras)

An Occasional Flight of Fancy” – Skyscraper

I Resolve” – She Loves Me

Miss Marmelstein” – I Can Get It for You Wholesale

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

Ensemble (Mezzo-Sopranos)

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

Knowing When to Leave” – Promises, Promises

You’ve Got Possibilities” – It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman

Ensemble (Sopranos)

Dear Friend” – She Loves Me

Till There Was You” – The Music Man

Will He Like Me?” – She Loves Me

Ensemble (Tenors)

She Loves Me” – She Loves Me

Too Many Tomorrows” – Sweet Charity

Wondrin’” – Anne of Green Gables

Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for How to Succeed in Business:

• “Green Pepper➝” from Cocktails at Pam’s  (Estelle)

• “It’s Never One Thing➝” from Shows for Days  (Irene)

• “I’ve Fallen Behind➝” from The Worker➝  (Man)

• “Playing With Fired” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “What I’m Talking About➝” from 9 to 5  (Hart)

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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How to Succeed in Business Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in How to Succeed in Business 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:

“Dear Reader” / “How to Succeed” – Finch, Narrator, Ensemble

Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm” – Rosemary

“Coffee Break” – Bud, Smitty, Ensemble

“Company Way” – Twimble, Finch

“Company Way (Reprise)” – Bud, Twimble, Ensemble

“A Secretary is Not a Toy” – Bratt, Ensemble

“Been a Long Day” – Smitty, Finch, Rosemary

“Been a Long Day (Reprise)” – Biggley, Hedy, Bud

“Grand Old Ivy” – Biggley, Finch

“Paris Original” – Rosemary, Smitty, Krumholtz, Miss Jones, Ensemble

“Finch Is In Love” – Finch, Hedy

“Rosemary” – Finch, Rosemary

“Act I Finale” – Finch, Rosemary, Bud

Act 2:

“Cinderella, Darling” – Smitty, Ensemble

“Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm (Reprise)” – Rosemary

“Love From a Heart of Gold” – Biggley, Hedy

“The Executive Washroom” / “I Believe in You” – Finch, Ensemble

“I Believe in You (Reprise)” – Rosemary

Brotherhood of Man” – Finch, Ensemble

“Company Way (Finale)” – Company

Which of these audition songs for How to Succeed 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 How to Succeed in Business.
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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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