The Best Audition Songs for Little Women – by Character

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. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Little Women 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 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.


Amy March

Daddy’s Girl” – Grey Gardens

Sister’s Pickle” – Amélie

Watch What Happens” – Newsies


Aunt March

Close the Door” – Anastasia

Nice” – It Shoulda Been You

They Don’t Know” – Thoroughly Modern Millie


Beth March

I Couldn’t Know Someone Less” – Daddy Long Legs

Journey to the Past” – Anastasia

Times Are Hard for Dreamers” – Amélie


Jo March

Crossing a Bridge” – Anastasia

Live Out Loud” – A Little Princess

Right Hand Man” – Something Rotten!


Laurie Laurence

Everything to Win” – Anastasia

Her Voice” – The Little Mermaid

You Don’t Need to Love Me” – If/Then


Marmee March

My House” – Matilda

My Most Beautiful Day” – Tuck Everlasting

The Face I See” – Marguerite


Meg March

How Will I Know?” – Death Takes a Holiday

What Only Love Can See” – Chaplin

Who Is This Man?” – Death Takes a Holiday


Professor Bhaer

If I Left London” – Chaplin

The Life That You Wished For” – Chaplin

Where Are All the People?” – Chaplin


Ensemble (Altos)

Anywhere But Here” – Honeymoon in Vegas

This Little Girl” – Matilda

When the Music Played” – Doctor Zhivago


Ensemble (Baritones)

A Light in the Dark” – Next to Normal

Centuries” – Death Takes a Holiday

Favorite Places” – Ordinary Days


Ensemble (Basses)

Love Who You Love” – A Man of No Importance

Welcome to the World” – A Man of No Importance

What Would You Do?” – If/Then


Ensemble (Contras)

Love and Love Alone” – The Visit

Thin Air” – Amélie

When the Booth Goes Bright” – Amélie


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

Sylvia’s Lullaby” – Finding Neverland

The Life I Never Led” – Sister Act

The Oldest Orphan” – Daddy Long Legs


Ensemble (Sopranos)

I Still Believe” – Amazing Grace

The Sea of Life” – The Pirate Queen

Will You?” – Grey Gardens


Ensemble (Tenors)

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.


Act 1:

“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


Act 2:

“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.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for Little Women.
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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