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!


Georgette

After All” – Ever After

Another Winter in a Summer Town” – Grey Gardens

Love and Love Alone” – The Visit

The Revolutionary Costume for Today” – Grey Gardens


Jenny

Even Though” – I Love You Because

Get Out and Stay Out” – 9 to 5

I Have Found” – The Royal Family of Broadway

Perfect” – Edges


Judy

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


Marty

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


Rebecca

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


Ensemble (Altos)

Always Starting Over” – If/Then

Just Not Now” – I Love You Because

Lying There” – Edges


Ensemble (Baritones)

Do Something” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Favorite Places” – Ordinary Days

I Think I Like Her” – Summer of ’42


Ensemble (Basses)

Come to an Agreement” – Honeymoon in Vegas  [first half]

I Like It Here” – The Story of My Life

What Would You Do?” – If/Then


Ensemble (Contras)

Calm” – Ordinary Days

No Turning Back Now” – Circles

Playing Nancy” – Groundhog Day


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Anytime I Am There” – Elegies: A Song Cycle

Don’t Say Another Word” – Next Thing You Know

Losing Track of Time” – Summer of ’42


Ensemble (Tenors)

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!


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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.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for It Shoulda Been You.
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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