Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for Newsies – by Character

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

Since Newsies is a contemporary musical based on a 1992 film, the songs below are from between the 1990s-2010s. In addition, there is a youthful/energetic vibe to many of the following songs 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 the synopsis while listening to the Newsies cast album➝. Or, 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 (rather than a specific character), there’s always a chance of being cast in a leading or 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.


Extraordinary” – Pippin

Go the Distance” – Hercules [1990s film/non-theatre]

It Just Wasn’t Meant to Happen” – Calvin Berger

Top of the World” – Tuck Everlasting

Davey Jacobs

Proud of Your Boy” – Aladdin

Seventeen” – Tuck Everlasting

Take a Chance on Me” – Little Women

When the Booth Goes Bright” – Amélie

Jack Kelly

Everything to Win” – Anastasia

My Manhattan” – Daddy Long Legs

My Petersburg” – Anastasia

Nicky Machiavelli” – A Bronx Tale

Joseph Pulitzer

How I Am” – Little Women

What’s Up, Duloc?” – Shrek

Who’s the Man” – The Witches of Eastwick

Wonderful” – Wicked

Katherine Plumber

Better” – Little Women

Right Hand Man” – Something Rotten!

Sister’s Pickle” – Amélie

So Much Better” – Legally Blonde

Medda Larkin

All Falls Down” – Chaplin

Jazz Time” – Marguerite

Long As I’m Here With You” – Thoroughly Modern Millie

No Man Left for Me” – The Will Rogers Follies

Ensemble (Altos)

Crossing a Bridge” – Anastasia

Not for the Life of Me” – Thoroughly Modern Millie

The Fire Within Me” – Little Women

Ensemble (Baritones/Basses)

I Am My Own Invention” – Wonderland

One Last Hope” – Hercules [1990s film/non-theatre]

One Step Closer” – The Little Mermaid

Ensemble (Contras)

Can You Imagine That?” – Mary Poppins Returns [2010s film/non-theatre]

I Won’t Say I’m in Love” – Hercules [1990s film/non-theatre]

Only in New York” – Thoroughly Modern Millie

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

Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Beyond My Wildest Dreams” – The Little Mermaid

The Oldest Orphan” – Daddy Long Legs

The Speed Test” – Thoroughly Modern Millie

Ensemble (Tenors)

Larger Than Life” – My Favorite Year

One Track Mind” – Sweet Smell of Success

What Do I Need With Love?” – Thoroughly Modern Millie

Ensemble (Trebles/Children)

Electricity” – Billy Elliot

Whatcha Gonna Do?” – Chaplin

When I Get My Name in Lights” – The Boy From Oz

Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Newsies:

• “A Thirteen-Year-Old Maid” in Young Women’s Monologues from Contemporary Plays➝

• “Come and Find Me➝” from The Silver Box➝  (Jones)

• “My Opinion” from Paul Pry➝  (Oldbutton)

• “Playing With Fired” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “We’ll Figure It Out” in Monologues for Kids and Tweens➝

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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Newsies Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Newsies, 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:

“Santa Fe (Prologue)” – Jack, Crutchie

“Carrying the Banner” – Jack, Crutchie, Ensemble

The Bottom Line” – Pulitzer, Bunsen, Seitz, Hannah

That’s Rich” – Medda

“I Never Planned on You” / “Don’t Come A-Knocking” – Jack, Ensemble

“The World Will Know” – Jack, Davey, Crutchie, Ensemble

Watch What Happens” – Katherine

“Seize the Day” – Davey, Jack, Newsies, Crutchie

Santa Fe” – Jack

Act 2:

“King of New York” – Davey, Les, Newsies, Katherine

Letter from The Refuge” – Crutchie

“Watch What Happens (Reprise)” – Jack, Davey, Les, Katherine

“The Bottom Line (Reprise)” – Pulitzer, Seitz, Mayor

“Brooklyn’s Here” – Newsies

“Something to Believe In” – Jack, Katherine

“Once and For All” – Jack, Davey, Katherine, Ensemble

“Finale” – Company

Which of these audition songs for Newsies 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 Newsies.
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.


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