The Best Audition Songs for Smile – by Character

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

Since Smile came out in the late 1980s, most of the following songs are also from various musicals of the 1980s. In addition, there are lots of youthful and hopeful 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. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Smile 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 Smile 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 (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.


Big Bob Freelander

I Chose Right” – Baby

I Waltz Alone” – Grand Hotel

If the World Were Like the Movies” – My Favorite Year

Only With You” – Nine


Brenda Freelander

Miss America” – I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking it on the Road

Miss Byrd” – Closer Than Ever

Tell Me on a Sunday” – Song and Dance

The Story Goes On” – Baby


Doria

Nothing Really Happened” – Is There Life After High School?

Out Here On My Own” – Fame

Wait a Bit” – Just So

Why Not Me?” – Carrie


Robin

Learn to Be Lonely” – A Doll’s Life

The Music and the Mirror” – A Chorus Line

Once You See” – Carrie

Somewhere That’s Green” – Little Shop of Horrors


Ensemble (Altos)

Heaven Help My Heart” – Chess

Think of Meryl Streep” – Fame

Unexpected Song” – Song and Dance


Ensemble (Baritones)

I Want to Make Magic” – Fame

The Kid Inside” – Is There Life After High School?

Things I Learned in High School” – Is There Life After High School?


Ensemble (Basses)

Marry Me” – The Rink

Song on the Sand” – La Cage aux Folles

There’s Always One You Can’t Forget” – Dance a Little Closer


Ensemble (Contras)

Like It Was” – Merrily We Roll Along

Times Like This” – Lucky Stiff

With Every Breath I Take” – City of Angels


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

In L.A.” – Fame

Let’s Play a Love Scene” – Fame

Where is the Warmth?” – The Baker’s Wife


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Mabel’s Prayer” – Fame

Simple” – Nine

When There’s No One” – Carrie


Ensemble (Tenors)

Dreamer in Disguise” – Carrie

Larger Than Life” – My Favorite Year

My Daddy Always Taught Me to Share” – Grind


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Smile:

• “Green Pepper➝” from Cocktails at Pam’s  (Estelle)

• “Picture Show Video” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “Star Trek Convention➝” in Heart of Hearing➝  (Josh)

• “The Pact” in The Acting Coach Approach: 48 Monologues for Kids➝

• “Three-Word Play” in The Acting Coach Approach: 48 Monologues for Kids➝


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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Smile Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Smile, 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.


Act 1:

“Typical High School Senior” – Dale, Contestants

“The Very Best Week of Your Lives” – Brenda, Contestants

“Dear Mom #1” – Doria, Robin

“Disneyland” – Doria

“Shine” – Brenda, Tommy, Contestants

“Dear Mom #2” – Robin

“Bob’s Song” – Big Bob

“Nerves” – Contestants

“Young and American” – Contestants

“Until Tomorrow Night” – Doria, Brenda, Big Bob, Contestants


Act 2:

“Dear Mom #3 / Dressing Room Scene” – Robin, Doria, Ted, Contestants

“Smile” – Ted, Contestants

“In Our Hands” – Contestants

“There Goes Our Girl (Finale)” – Ted, Big Bob, Robin, Contestants


Which of these audition songs for Smile 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!

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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for Smile.
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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