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 post-golden age musical, the following songs are from golden age/post-golden age musicals as well. In addition, there are lots of light-hearted and classic 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 “Sweet Charity 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 Sweet Charity 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.


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


Helene

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

Who’s That Girl?” – Applause


Nicki

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)

If I Be Your Best Chance” – Walking Happy

She’s My Love” – Carnival!

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


Ensemble (Basses)

I Love My Wife” – I Do! I Do!

Melinda” – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Real Live Girl” – Little Me


Ensemble (Contras)

A House is Not a Home” – Promises, Promises

An Occasional Flight of Fancy” – Skyscraper

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


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

I Wanted to Change Him” – Hallelujah, Baby!

Secret Love” – Calamity Jane

The Secret Service” – Mr. President


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Love Makes the World Go ‘Round” – Carnival

Nightlife” – All American

You Don’t Know” – Here’s Love


Ensemble (Tenors)

I Will Follow You” – Milk and Honey

She Touched Me” – Drat! The Cat!

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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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