The Best Audition Songs for Jersey Boys – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Jersey Boys? 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 Jersey Boys, broken down by character.

Since Jersey Boys is a jukebox musical with songs from around the 1960s, the following songs are from the late 1950s – early 1970s (or musicals set around that time period). There are also lots of non-musical theatre pop songs below in case your audition calls for that.


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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 “Jersey Boys 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 Jersey Boys 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.


Bob Gaudio

Baby Now That I’ve Found You” – The Foundations  [non-musical theatre]

I Wish It Would Rain” – Ain’t Too Proud/The Temptations

Rhythm of the Rain” – Baby It’s You/The Cascades


Frankie Valli

I’m Into Something Good” – Herman’s Hermits  [non-musical theatre]

Just My Imagination” – Ain’t Too Proud/The Temptations

Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers  [non-musical theatre]


Nick Massi

It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” – Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

One Pair of Hands” – Glen Campbell [non-musical theatre]

True Love Ways” – Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story


Tommy DeVito

Build Me Up Buttercup” – The Foundations  [non-musical theatre]

Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat” – Herman’s Hermits  [non-musical theatre]

The Way You Do The Things You Do” – Ain’t Too Proud


Ensemble (Altos)

The Look of Love” – Dusty Springfield  [non-musical theatre]

Will You Love Me Tomorrow” – Beautiful

You Can’t Hurry Love” – Ain’t Too Proud/The Supremes


Ensemble (Basses/Baritones)

One of the Great Ones” – A Bronx Tale

My Way” – Frank Sinatra  [non-musical theatre]

Multiplication” – Bobby Darin  [non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Contras)

A House is Not a Home” – Promises, Promises

Mama Said” – Baby It’s You/The Shirelles

My Girl” – Ain’t Too Proud/The Temptations


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Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Downtown” – Petula Clark  [non-musical theatre]

It’s My Party” – Baby It’s You/Lesley Gore

Knowing When to Leave” – Promises, Promises


Ensemble (Tenors)

Baby Don’t Go” – The Cher Show/Sonny & Cher

It Takes Two” – Hairspray

Upstairs” – Promises, Promises


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Jersey Boys:

• “Album” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

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

• “Harvey and I➝” from Harvey➝  (Elwood)

• “Hear That Song?➝” from Ohio  (Cat)

• “Johnny Talks Kids➝” from Frankie and Johnny…  (Johnny)


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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Jersey Boys Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Jersey Boys, 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.


Act 1:

“Ces Soirees-La” – Ensemble

“Silhouettes” – Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, Nick DeVito, Frankie Valli

“You’re the Apple of My Eye” – Tommy, Nick, Ensemble

“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” – Frankie

“Earth Angel” – Tommy, Ensemble

“A Sunday Kind of Love” – Frankie, Tommy, Nick, Ensemble

“My Mother’s Eyes” – Frankie

“Short Shorts” – Ensemble

“I’m in the Mood for Love” – Frankie

“Cry for Me” – Bob, Frankie, Tommy, Nick

“Backup Sessions” – Ensemble

“Sherry” – Frankie, Bob, Nick, Tommy

“Big Girls Don’t Cry” – Frankie, Bob, Nick, Tommy

“Walk Like a Man” – Frankie, Bob, Nick, Tommy

“December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” – Bob, Company

“My Boyfriend’s Back” – Ensemble

“My Eyes Adored You” – Frankie, Mary, Bob, Nick, Tommy

“Dawn (Go Away)” – Frankie, Bob, Nick, Tommy

“Walk Like a Man (Reprise)” – Company


Act 2:

“Big Man in Town” – Bob, Frankie, Nick, Tommy

“Beggin'” – Frankie, Bob, Nick, Tommy

“Stay” – Bob, Frankie, Nick

“Let’s Hang On!” – Bob, Frankie

“Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me)” – Bob, Frankie, Ensemble

“Bye Bye Baby” – Frankie, Bob, Nick, Tommy

“C’mon Marianne” – Frankie, Bob, Nick, Tommy

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” – Frankie

“Working My Way Back to You” – Frankie, Bob, Nick, Tommy

“Fallen Angel” – Frankie

“Rag Doll” – Frankie, Bob, Nick, Tommy

“Who Loves You” – Frankie, Bob, Nick, Tommy, Company

“December, 1963 (Reprise)” – Frankie, Bob, Nick, Tommy, Company


Which of these audition songs for Jersey Boys 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 Jersey Boys.
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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