Do you have an upcoming audition for Oklahoma!? 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 Oklahoma!, broken down by character.
Since Oklahoma! is a golden age musical, the songs below are from golden age/post-golden age musicals as well. Additionally, many of the following songs have a hint of country in 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 uptempo, 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 libretto➝ while listening to the Oklahoma! cast album➝.
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.
“A Cockeyed Optimist” – South Pacific
“How Can I Wait?” – Paint Your Wagon
“I Got the Sun in the Morning” – Annie Get Your Gun
“You Can’t Get a Man” – Annie Get Your Gun
“Isn’t It?” – Saturday Night
“Satin and Silk” – Silk Stockings
“Sweet Thursday” – Pipe Dream
“That’s For Me” – State Fair
“There But For You Go I” – Brigadoon
“Waitin’ for the Light to Shine” – Big River
“Younger Than Springtime” – South Pacific
“Boy for Sale” – Oliver!
“Geraniums in the Winder” – Carousel
“Soliloquy” – Carousel
“The Highest Judge of All” – Carousel
“How Lovely to Be a Woman” – Bye Bye Birdie
“So Far” – Allegro
“This is All Very New to Me” – Plain and Fancy
“What’s the Use of Wond’rin’?” – Carousel
“All I Owe Ioway” – State Fair
“Once in Love With Amy” – Where’s Charley?
“There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame” – South Pacific
“Everybody’s Got a Home But Me” – Pipe Dream
“I Ain’t Down Yet” – The Unsinkable Molly Brown
“I Enjoy Being a Girl” – Flower Drum Song
“If I Knew” – The Unsinkable Molly Brown
“I’ll Never Say No” – The Unsinkable Molly Brown
“They Call the Wind Maria” – Paint Your Wagon
“I Still See Elisa” – Paint Your Wagon
“I’m a Bad, Bad Man” – Annie Get Your Gun
“Wand’rin’ Star” – Paint Your Wagon
“A Little Girl from Little Rock” – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
“Lazy Afternoon” – The Golden Apple
“Who’s Been Sitting in My Chair?” – Goldilocks
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“Doatsy Mae” – The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
“I Got Lost in His Arms” – Annie Get Your Gun
“We Deserve Each Other” – Me and Juliet
“I Have to Tell You” – Fanny
“You’ll Never Walk Alone” – Carousel
“Waitin’ for My Dearie” – Brigadoon
“Old Devil Moon” – Finian’s Rainbow
“Shall I Take My Heart” – Goldilocks
“You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” – South Pacific
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Oklahoma!:
• “Goin’ North” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝
• “Little Victories” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝
• “Jugger’s Rain #1” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝
• “Wilderness of Mirrors” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝
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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Oklahoma! Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Oklahoma! 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.
“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” – Curly
“Laurey’s Entrance” – Laurey
“The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” – Curly, Laurey, Aunt Eller
“Kansas City” – Will Parker, Ensemble
“I Cain’t Say No” – Ado Annie
“Many a New Day” – Laurey, Ensemble
“It’s a Scandal! It’s a Outrage!” – Ali Hakim, Ensemble
“People Will Say We’re in Love” – Curly, Laurey
“Pore Jud Is Daid” – Curly, Jud
“Lonely Room” – Jud
“Out of My Dreams” – Laurey, Ensemble
“The Farmer and the Cowman” – Andrew, Aunt Eller, Will, Curley, Ado Annie, Laurey, Ensemble
“All Er Nuthin'” – Will, Ado Annie
“People Will Say We’re in Love (Reprise)” – Curly, Laurey
“Oklahoma” – Aunt Eller, Andrew, Laurey, Curly, Ensemble
“Finale” – Company
Which of these audition songs for Oklahoma! 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.