Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for Sister Act – by Character

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

Since Sister Act is a contemporary musical, most of the following songs are from musicals between the 1990s-2010s. In addition, there are lots of pop, gospel, and 70s vibes below 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 Sister Act cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.

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.

Deloris Van Cartier

Are You a Believer?” – Ghost

I Didn’t Plan It” – Waitress

It’s a Sign” – If/Then

It’s a Woman’s World” – The Full Monty

Eddie Souther

I’ll Be Here” – The Wild Party

Nicky Machiavelli” – A Bronx Tale

One of the Great Ones” – A Bronx Tale

Vows” – Freaky Friday

Mother Superior

Days of Plenty” – Little Women

Love and Love Alone” – The Visit

Only One” – Elegies: A Song Cycle

There’s Only One Way to End Your Prayers” – Nunsense II

Shank / Curtis Jackson

Don’t Take Much” – The Life

Patriotic” – Rocky

That’s What He Said” – Parade

Who’s the Man” – The Witches of Eastwick

Sister Mary Patrick

I Am Playing Me” – [title of show]

Look Ma, I Made It” – Nunsense II

Morning Person” – Shrek

The Lady’s Improving” – The Prom

Sister Mary Robert

A Change in Me” – Beauty and the Beast

Live Out Loud” – A Little Princess

The Fire Within Me” – Little Women

Times Are Hard for Dreamers” – Amélie

Ensemble (Altos)

Hell No!” – The Color Purple

I Am Here to Stay” – Nunsense II

I’ve Got Pizazz” – Nunsense II

Ensemble (Baritones)

A Little Luck” – Honeymoon in Vegas

Do Something” – Honeymoon in Vegas

The Flip Side” – Rocky

Ensemble (Basses)

Heaven Help Me” – Footloose

Poor Child” – The Wild Party

We Look to You” – The Prom

Ensemble (Contras)

Big Love” – Memphis

Don’t Wish Too Hard” – The Boy From Oz

Gone, Gone, Gone” – Tootsie

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Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Brand New You” – 13 

Push Da Button” – The Color Purple

You Can’t Get to Heaven” – The Life

Ensemble (Tenors)

Charity” – Daddy Long Legs

Say a Prayer” – Memphis

Unstoppable” – Tootsie

Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Sister Act:

• “Agnes of God” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

• “All Kidding Aside” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

• “As Is” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

• “I Took the Long Way➝” from Footloose  (Shaw)

• “Once a Catholic” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

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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Sister Act Song List

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

“Take Me to Heaven” – Deloris, Ensemble

Fabulous, Baby!” – Deloris, Ensemble

Here Within These Walls” – Mother Superior, Ensemble

“It’s Good to Be a Nun” – Deloris, Mary Patrick, Mary Robert, Mary Lazarus, Ensemble

When I Find My Baby” – Shank/Curtis, Ensemble

Do the Sacred Mass” – Deloris, Mary Patrick, Mary Lazarus, Mary Robert, Ensemble

I Could Be That Guy” – Eddie

Raise Your Voice” – Deloris, Mary Patrick, Mary Robert, Mary Lazarus, Ensemble

“Take Me to Heaven (Reprise)” – Deloris, Mary Patrick, Mary Robert, Mary Lazarus, Ensemble

Act 2:

“Sunday Morning Fever” – Deloris, Mother Superior, Patrick, Robert, Lazarus, Ensemble

“Lady in the Long Black Dress” – Ensemble

“I Haven’t Got a Prayer” – Mother Superior

“Bless Our Show” – Deloris, Mary Patrick, Mary Robert, Mary Lazarus, Ensemble

The Life I Never Led” – Mary Robert

“Fabulous, Baby! (Reprise)” – Deloris, Ensemble

Sister Act” – Deloris

“When I Find My Baby (Reprise)” – Shank/Curtis

“The Life I Never Led (Reprise)” – Mary Robert

“Sister Act (Reprise)” – Deloris, Mother Superior, Patrick, Robert, Lazarus, Ensemble

“Spread the Love Around” – Company

“Raise Your Voice (Finale)” – Company

Which of these audition songs for Sister Act 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 Sister Act.
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.


2 thoughts on “The Best Audition Songs for Sister Act – by Character

  • I was hoping to find songs for Sister Mary Patrick for Sister Act, however she was not listed. Just mentioning in case there was a way to add that for people looking in the future, thanks!

    • Hi Cassidy!! Thank you so much for pointing that out! I just added a few initial ideas that I have for Sister Mary Patrick, and if I think of anything else, I’ll make sure to make an update. Happy Holidays! 🙂

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