The Best Audition Songs for Singin’ in the Rain – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Singin’ in the Rain? 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 Singin’ in the Rain, broken down by character.

Since Singin’ in the Rain is a pre-contemporary remake of a 1950s film, the songs below are from golden age musicals as well. In addition, there is a classic/light-hearted vibe to most of the following 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:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Singin’ in the Rain 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 Singin’ in the Rain cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis. Or you can watch the classic film➝.


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.


Cosmo Brown

Brush Up Your Shakespeare” – Kiss Me, Kate

Shipoopi” – The Music Man

Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” – Guys and Dolls

Very Soft Shoes” – Once Upon a Mattress


Don Lockwood

Old Devil Moon” – Finian’s Rainbow

That’s For Me” – State Fair

You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” – South Pacific

Younger Than Springtime” – South Pacific


Kathy Selden

A Little Bit in Love” – Wonderful Town

This is All Very New to Me” – Plain and Fancy

Till There Was You” – The Music Man

Wonderful, Wonderful Day” – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers


Lina Lamont

Adelaide’s Lament” – Guys and Dolls

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

One Hundred Easy Ways” – Wonderful Town


Ensemble (Altos)

A Cockeyed Optimist” – South Pacific

I Gotta Crow” – Peter Pan

It’s a Perfect Relationship” – Bells are Ringing


Ensemble (Baritones)

Hey There” – The Pajama Game

More I Cannot Wish You” – Guys and Dolls

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


Ensemble (Basses)

Just in Time” – Bells are Ringing

My Time of Day” – Guys and Dolls

Put on a Happy Face” – Bye Bye Birdie


Ensemble (Contras)

If You Hadn’t But You Did” – Two on the Aisle

I’ve Still Got My Health” – Panama Hattie

Why Can’t You Behave?” – Kiss Me, Kate


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

A Wonderful Guy” – South Pacific

I’ll Show Him” – Plain and Fancy

Sweet Thursday” – Pipe Dream


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Goodnight My Someone” – The Music Man

If I Were a Bell” – Guys and Dolls

So in Love” – Kiss Me, Kate


Ensemble (Tenors)

All I Need is the Girl” – Gypsy

Shall I Take My Heart” – Goldilocks

There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame” – South Pacific


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Singin’ in the Rain:

• “I Don’t Know➝” from Sun Dried➝  (Mary Louise)

• “In a Minute” from The Anniversary➝  (Tatiana)

• “Where Is He?➝” from The Father Clock➝  (Flub)

• “You’re Quite a Girl➝” from 42nd Street  (Julian)

• “You’ve Got to Come Back a Star➝” from 42nd Street  (Julian)


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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Singin’ in the Rain Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Singin’ in the Rain, 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

“Fit as a Fiddle” – Don, Cosmo

You Stepped Out of a Dream” – Don, Ensemble

“All I Do is Dream of You” – Kathy, Ensemble

Make ‘Em Laugh” – Cosmo

Beautiful Girl” – Don

You Are My Lucky Star” – Kathy

You Were Meant For Me” – Don, Kathy

Moses Supposes” – Don, Cosmo


Act 2:

“Good Morning” – Don, Kathy, Cosmo

Singin’ in the Rain” – Don

Would You?” – Kathy

“What’s Wrong With Me?” – Lina

“You Are My Lucky Star (Reprise)” – Don, Kathy

“Singin’ in the Rain (Finale)” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Singin’ in the Rain 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 Singin' in the Rain.
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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