Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for Oklahoma! – by Character

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 1940s musical, the following songs are from shows between the 1940s – 1960s. There are also lots of country selections below to match the musical’s style.


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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: Study the show

Before auditioning, you should get familiar with the show, and listening to the cast album is a great way to do that. Here’s where you can learn more about Oklahoma!


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.


Ado Annie

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


Ali Hakim

* Since this is a speaking-heavy role, these songs feature a mix of speech and singing.

Seventy Six Trombones” – The Music Man

The Sadder But Wiser Girl” – The Music Man

When I’m Being Born Again” – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever


Aunt Eller

Isn’t It?” – Saturday Night

Satin and Silk” – Silk Stockings

Sweet Thursday” – Pipe Dream


Curley

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


Jud Fry

Boy for Sale” – Oliver!

Geraniums in the Winder” – Carousel

Soliloquy” – Carousel

The Highest Judge of All” – Carousel


Laurey

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


Will Parker

All I Owe Ioway” – State Fair

Once in Love With Amy” – Where’s Charley?

There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame” – South Pacific


Ensemble (Altos)

Everybody’s Got a Home But Me” – Pipe Dream

I Got Lost in His Arms” – Annie Get Your Gun

The Deadwood Stage” – Calamity Jane


Ensemble (Baritones)

I’ll Never Say No” – The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Shall I Take My Heart” – Goldilocks

They Call the Wind Maria” – Paint Your Wagon


Ensemble (Basses)

I Still See Elisa” – Paint Your Wagon

My Defenses Are Down” – Annie Get Your Gun

Wand’rin’ Star” – Paint Your Wagon


Ensemble (Contras)

A Little Girl from Little Rock” – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Doatsy Mae” – The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Who’s Been Sitting in My Chair?” – Goldilocks


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


Ensemble (Mezzo-Sopranos)

I Ain’t Down Yet” – The Unsinkable Molly Brown

I’ll Show Him” – Plain and Fancy

Love, Look Away” – Flower Drum Song


Ensemble (Sopranos)

I Have to Tell You” – Fanny

You’ll Never Walk Alone” – Carousel

Waitin’ for My Dearie” – Brigadoon


Ensemble (Tenors)

Fanny” – Fanny

Old Devil Moon” – Finian’s Rainbow

That’s the Way It Happens” – Me and Juliet


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➝

• “What Truth?” from The Cherry Orchard➝

• “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.


Act 1:

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


Act 2:

“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.


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Stacy Karyn, Author of Audition Songs for Oklahoma!.
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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