Do you have an upcoming audition for Little Women? 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 Little Women, by character.
Little Women is a contemporary musical that’s set in the late 1800s. Because of that, the songs below are also from contemporary musicals. In addition, many of the songs also have a timeless/whimsical vibe to them 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 upbeat, 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 listen to the Little Women 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.
“Daddy’s Girl” – Grey Gardens
“Sister’s Pickle” – Amélie
“Watch What Happens” – Newsies
“Close the Door” – Anastasia
“Nice” – It Shoulda Been You
“They Don’t Know” – Thoroughly Modern Millie
“I Couldn’t Know Someone Less” – Daddy Long Legs
“Journey to the Past” – Anastasia
“Times Are Hard for Dreamers” – Amélie
“Crossing a Bridge” – Anastasia
“Live Out Loud” – A Little Princess
“Right Hand Man” – Something Rotten!
“Everything to Win” – Anastasia
“Her Voice” – The Little Mermaid
“You Don’t Need to Love Me” – If/Then
“My House” – Matilda
“My Most Beautiful Day” – Tuck Everlasting
“The Face I See” – Marguerite
“How Will I Know?” – Death Takes a Holiday
“What Only Love Can See” – Chaplin
“Who Is This Man?” – Death Takes a Holiday
“I Am My Own Invention” – Wonderland
“Evermore Without You” – The Woman in White
“The Life That You Wished For” – Chaplin
“Anywhere But Here” – Honeymoon in Vegas
“This Little Girl” – Matilda
“When the Music Played” – Doctor Zhivago
“A Light in the Dark” – Next to Normal
“Centuries” – Death Takes a Holiday
“Favorite Places” – Ordinary Days
“Love Who You Love” – A Man of No Importance
“Welcome to the World” – A Man of No Importance
“What Would You Do?” – If/Then
“Love and Love Alone” – The Visit
“Thin Air” – Amélie
“When the Booth Goes Bright” – Amélie
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“Sylvia’s Lullaby” – Finding Neverland
“The Life I Never Led” – Sister Act
“The Oldest Orphan” – Daddy Long Legs
“I Still Believe” – Amazing Grace
“The Sea of Life” – The Pirate Queen
“Will You?” – Grey Gardens
“My Petersburg” – Anastasia
“The Wheel” – Tuck Everlasting
“You Never Know” – If/Then
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Little Women:
• “A Thirteen-Year-Old Maid” in Young Women’s Monologues from Contemporary Plays➝
• “Blue Stockings” in Contemporary Monologues for Teenagers: Female➝
• “Moon Man Walk” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “My Sister in This House” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝
• “The Grace of Mary Traverse” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝
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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Little Women Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Little Women 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.
“An Operatic Tragedy” – Jo, Clarissa, Braxton, Rodrigo
“Better” – Jo
“Our Finest Dreams” – Jo, Beth, Amy, Meg
“Here Alone” – Marmee
“Could You?” – Aunt March, Jo
“I’d Be Delighted” – Marmee, Meg, Beth, Jo
“Take a Chance on Me” – Laurie
“Off to Massachusetts” – Beth, Mr. Laurence
“Five Forever” – Jo, Beth, Meg, Amy, Laurie
“More Than I Am” – Mr. Brooke, Meg
“Astonishing” – Jo
“The Weekly Volcano Press” – Jo, Professor Bhaer, Ensemble
“How I Am” – Professor Bhaer
“Some Things Are Meant to Be” – Beth, Jo
“The Most Amazing Thing” – Amy, Laurie
“Days of Plenty” – Marmee
“The Fire Within Me” – Jo
“Small Umbrella in the Rain” – Jo, Professor Bhaer
“Sometimes When You Dream (Reprise)” – Jo
Which of these audition songs for Little Women 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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.