The Best Audition Songs for It Shoulda Been You – by Character
Do you have an upcoming audition for It Shoulda Been You? 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 It Shoulda Been You, broken down by character.
Since It Shoulda Been You is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary shows as well. In addition there are lots of romance and relationship 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 uptempo, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call.
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 synopsis while listening to the It Shoulda Been You 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, decide which character you’d like to audition for. And finally, choose a suitable song from the list below!
“Around the World” – Grey Gardens
“Another Winter in a Summer Town” – Grey Gardens
“Love and Love Alone” – The Visit
“The Revolutionary Costume for Today” – Grey Gardens
“Even Though” – I Love You Because
“Get Out and Stay Out” – 9 to 5
“I Have Found” – The Royal Family of Broadway
“I’ve Been Thinking” – Honeymoon in Vegas
“It’s Not About Me” – The Prom
“Jeanette’s Showbiz Number” – The Full Monty
“Never Get Married” – Honeymoon in Vegas
“The Cake I Had” – Grey Gardens
“Isn’t That Enough?” – Honeymoon in Vegas
“When She Smiles” – Lysistrata Jones
“You Don’t Need to Love Me” – If/Then
“You Never Know” – If/Then
“Home Calls” – Next Thing You Know
“Manhattan Bridge” – Next Thing You Know
“There Was John” – Tootsie
“You Can’t Be Everything You Want” – Next Thing You Know
“Always Starting Over” – If/Then
“Just Not Now” – I Love You Because
“This Time” – Now. Here. This.
“Do Something” – Honeymoon in Vegas
“Favorite Places” – Ordinary Days
“I Think I Like Her” – Summer of ’42
“Come to an Agreement” – Honeymoon in Vegas [first half]
“I Like It Here” – The Story of My Life
“What Would You Do?” – If/Then
“Calm” – Ordinary Days
“Let Things Go” – Ordinary Days
“Playing Nancy” – Groundhog Day
Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!
“Anytime I Am There” – Elegies: A Song Cycle
“Don’t Say Another Word” – Next Thing You Know
“Losing Track of Time” – Summer of ’42
“A Jerk Like Me” – When Midnight Strikes
“And I Breathe” – Next Thing You Know
“As Good As I Get” – Next Thing You Know
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for It Shoulda Been You:
• “A Girl’s Guide to Chaos” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝
• “It’s Best➝” from Elsewhere➝
• “Personally Speaking” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝
• “Right Place, Right Time #2” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “Speechless” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝
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!
It Shoulda Been You Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in It Shoulda Been You, 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.
“I Never Wanted This” – Jenny
“This Day (Opening)” – Company
“Perfect” – Jenny, Rebecca
“It Shoulda Been You” – Murray, Marty, Judy, Aunt Sheila, Uncle Morty
“Who” – Marty, Jenny
“Back in the Day” – George, Brian
“Nice” – Judy, Georgette
“Albert’s Turn” – Albert, Walt, Mimsy, Jenny
“Where Did I Go Wrong” – Georgette
“Beautiful” – Jenny
“A Perfect Ending” – Company
“Love You Till the Day” – Greg, Annie
“Jenny’s Blues” – Jenny
“Whatever” – Marty
“A Little Bit Less Than” – Rebecca
“What They Never Tell You” – Judy
“That’s Family” – Judy, Georgette, Murray, George
“Finale” – Company
Which of these audition songs for It Shoulda Been You 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.