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.
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.
“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
“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
“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
“Adelaide’s Lament” – Guys and Dolls
“Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
“One Hundred Easy Ways” – Wonderful Town
“A Cockeyed Optimist” – South Pacific
“I Gotta Crow” – Peter Pan
“It’s a Perfect Relationship” – Bells are Ringing
“Hey There” – The Pajama Game
“More I Cannot Wish You” – Guys and Dolls
“Once in Love With Amy” – Where’s Charley?
“Just in Time” – Bells are Ringing
“My Time of Day” – Guys and Dolls
“Put on a Happy Face” – Bye Bye Birdie
“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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“A Wonderful Guy” – South Pacific
“I’ll Show Him” – Plain and Fancy
“Sweet Thursday” – Pipe Dream
“Goodnight My Someone” – The Music Man
“If I Were a Bell” – Guys and Dolls
“So in Love” – Kiss Me, Kate
“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:
• “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.
“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
“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.
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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.