Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for Sweet Charity – by Character

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

Since Sweet Charity is a 1960s musical, the following songs are from shows between the 1940s – 1960s. There are also lots of classic 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 Sweet Charity.

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.

Charity Hope Valentine

A Little Girl from Little Rock” – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

On the Other Side of the Tracks” – Little Me

Poor Little Hollywood Star” – Little Me

Satin and Silk” – Silk Stockings


A Quiet Thing” – Flora, the Red Menace

Go Home, Train!” – Fade Out – Fade In

Hurry! It’s Lovely Up Here” – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

I’ve Got What You Want” – The Apple Tree


If He Walked Into My Life” – Mame

Nobody Does It Like Me” – Seesaw

Sing Happy” – Flora, the Red Menace

Wall Street” – Dames at Sea

Oscar Lindquist

If I Ruled the World” – Pickwick

She Wasn’t You” – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Wanting Things” – Promises Promises

Why Should I Wake Up?” – Cabaret

Vittorio Vidal

Ilona” – She Loves Me

In My Own Lifetime” – The Rothschilds

Stay” – Do I Hear a Waltz?

Take the Moment” – Do I Hear a Waltz?

Ensemble (Altos)

The Usher from the Mezzanine” – Fade Out – Fade In

What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?” – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

What Is a Woman?” – I Do! I Do!

Ensemble (Baritones)

Come Back to Me” – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

She’s My Love” – Carnival!

There’s No Reason in the World” – Milk and Honey

Ensemble (Basses)

Heart” – Damn Yankees

I Love My Wife” – I Do! I Do!

Real Live Girl” – Little Me

Ensemble (Contras)

An Occasional Flight of Fancy” – Skyscraper

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

Why Do The Wrong People Travel?” – Sail Away

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

Ensemble (Mezzo-Sopranos)

I’m the First Girl in the Second Row” – Look Ma, I’m Dancin’!

Secret Love” – Calamity Jane

Star Tar” – Dames at Sea

Ensemble (Sopranos)

Love Makes the World Go ‘Round” – Carnival

Something You Never Had Before” – The Gay Life

Yes, My Heart” – Carnival!

Ensemble (Tenors)

I Will Follow You” – Milk and Honey

I’ve Just Seen Her” – All American

Wondrin’” – Anne of Green Gables

Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Sweet Charity:

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

• “It’s Never One Thing➝” from Shows for Days  (Irene)

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

• “Wholeheartedly in Love” from Overruled➝

• “You Won’t Misunderstand Me” from The Goal➝  (Sir Stephen)

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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Sweet Charity Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Sweet Charity, 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:

“You Should See Yourself” – Charity

“Big Spender” – Ensemble

“Charity’s Soliloquy” – Charity

If My Friends Could See Me Now” – Charity

Too Many Tomorrows” – Vittorio

There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This” – Nickie, Helene, Charity

“I’m The Bravest Individual” – Charity, Oscar

Act 2:

“The Rhythm Of Life” – Daddy Brubeck, Ensemble

“Baby, Dream Your Dream” – Nickie, Helene

Sweet Charity” – Oscar

Where Am I Going?” – Charity

I’m A Brass Band” – Charity, Ensemble

I Love To Cry At Weddings” – Herman, Rosie, Nickie, Helene, Ensemble

Which of these audition songs for Sweet Charity 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 Sweet Charity.
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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