Do you have an upcoming audition for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat? 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 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, broken down by character.
Since Joseph came out at the end of the Post-Golden Age, most of the songs below are also from musicals between the 1960s-1980s. Also, to match the style of the show, many of the below songs feature religious and storytelling themes.
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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:
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 Joseph cast album➝. Alternatively, 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.
“All Good Gifts” – Godspell
“Beautiful City” – Godspell
“If I Have to Live Alone” – The Baker’s Wife
“Love Changes Everything” – Aspects of Love
“I Don’t Know How to Love Him” – Jesus Christ Superstar
“Magic to Do” – Pippin
“Meadowlark” – The Baker’s Wife
“Where is the Warmth?” – The Baker’s Wife
“Greased Lightnin’” – Grease
“How Can I Say Goodbye?” – Zombie Prom
“Rhythm of the Rain” – Baby It’s You/The Cascades
“Serve Yourself” – Pump Boys and Dinettes
“Day by Day” – Godspell
“I Guess I’ll Miss the Man” – Pippin
“Take That Look Off Your Face” – Tell Me on a Sunday
“Beauty School Dropout” – Grease
“Gethsemane” – Jesus Christ Superstar
“This is the Moment” – Jekyll & Hyde
“Fathers and Sons” – Working
“Pilate’s Dream” – Jesus Christ Superstar
“She Is a Diamond” – Evita
“Chanson” – The Baker’s Wife
“Rolling Stock” – Starlight Express
“Simple Joys” – Pippin
Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!
“Spread a Little Sunshine” – Pippin
“The Spark of Creation” – Children of Eden
“What Makes Me Love Him?” – The Apple Tree
“Extraordinary” – Pippin
“Morning Glow” – Pippin
“The Only Home I Know” – Shenandoah
“Getting Tall” – Nine
“No Matter What” – Whistle Down the Wind
“The Tree” – The Me Nobody Knows
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Joseph:
• “Ismene” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “When I Look Back” in Eve’s Diary
• “We Are Getting Along” in Eve’s Diary
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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Joseph Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Joseph, 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.
“Prologue” – Narrator
“Any Dream Will Do” – Joseph, Children
“Jacob & Sons” – Narrator, Ensemble
“Joseph’s Coat” – Jacob, Narrator, Joseph, Ensemble
“Joseph’s Dreams” – Narrator, Joseph, Ensemble
“Poor, Poor Joseph” – Narrator, Joseph, Ensemble
“One More Angel in Heaven” – Reuben, Reuben’s Wife, Jacob, Ensemble
“Potiphar” – Narrator, Potiphar, Mrs. Potiphar, Joseph, Children, Ensemble
“Close Every Door” – Joseph, Children, Ensemble
“Go, Go, Go Joseph” – Narrator, Joseph, Butler, Baker, Ensemble
“Pharaoh’s Story” – Narrator, Ensemble
“Poor, Poor Pharaoh” – Narrator, Butler, Pharaoh
“Song of the King” – Pharaoh
“Pharaoh’s Dream Explained” – Joseph
“Stone the Crows” – Narrator, Pharaoh, Joseph, Ensemble
“Those Canaan Days” – Simeon, Jacob, Ensemble
“The Brothers Come To Egypt / Grovel, Grovel” – Narrator, Joseph, Ensemble
“Who’s the Thief?” – Narrator, Joseph, Children, Ensemble
“Benjamin Calypso” – Judah, Ensemble
“Joseph All the Time” – Narrator, Joseph, Ensemble
“Jacob in Egypt” – Ensemble
“Any Dream Will Do (Finale)” – Joseph, Narrator, Children, Ensemble
Which of these audition songs for Joseph 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.