Do you have an upcoming audition for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas? 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 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, broken down by character.
Since The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a pre-contemporary musical, the following songs are from the 1970s-1990s as well. In addition there are lots of country 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:
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 read through the synopsis while listening to the The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas cast album➝.
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.
“Mamaw” – Pump Boys and Dinettes
“Never Met a Man I Didn’t Like” – The Will Rogers Follies
“The Night Dolly Parton Was Almost Mine” – Pump Boys and Dinettes
“Every Time You Smiled at Me” – Nunsense Jamboree
“It’s an Art” – Working
“The Best Man” – Pump Boys and Dinettes
“Cleanin’ Women” – Working
“I Got Love” – Purlie
“Set Those Sails” – In Trousers
Miss Mona Stangley
“A Carnival Christmas” – Nuncrackers
“Play a Country Enut” – Nunsense Jamboree
“Santa Ain’t Comin’ to Our House” – Nuncrackers
Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd
“Fathers and Sons” – Working
“Look Around” – The Will Rogers Follies
“Worlds Apart” – Big River
The Governor of Texas
“Big Fish, Little Fish” – Purlie
“Out There” – Barnum
“The Prince of Humbug” – Barnum
“I Could’ve Gone to Nashville” – Nunsense
“Nothin’ Up” – The Robber Bridegroom
“Seven A.M. in Phoenix” – Nunsense Jamboree
“Guv’ment” – Big River
“Tell My Father” – The Civil War
“That’s What I Could Do” – Violet
“I’ll Never Pass This Way Again” – The Civil War
“The Christmas Box” – Nuncrackers
“Waitin’ For The Light to Shine” – Big River
“Lovers on Christmas Eve” – I Love My Wife
“Nobody Tells Me How” – Working
“Millwork” – Working
Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!
“Every Day of the Week is a Saturday” – Nunsense Jamboree
“Sleepy Man” – The Robber Bridegroom
“You Oughta Be Here With Me” – Big River
“It’s Better to Give” – Nuncrackers
“No One Cared Like You” – Nunsense II
“The Pricklepear Bloom” – The Robber Bridegroom
“Bigger Isn’t Better” – Barnum
“Hand for the Hog” – Big River
“Mama Says” – Footloose
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas:
• “Green Pepper➝” from Cocktails at Pam’s (Estelle)
• “Jugger’s Rain #2” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝
• “Lone Star Grace” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝
• “What I’m Talking About➝” from 9 to 5 (Hart)
• “Wilderness of Mirrors” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝
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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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 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.
“20 Fans” – Bandleader, Ensemble
“A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place” – Mona Stangley, Ensemble
“Girl, You’re a Woman” – Mona Stangley, Jewel, Ensemble
“Texas Has a Whorehouse in It” – Melvin P. Thorpe, Ensemble
“Twenty Four Hours of Lovin’” – Jewel, Ensemble
“Doatsy Mae” – Doatsy Mae
“The Angelette March” – Ensemble
“The Aggie Song” – Ensemble
“The Bus from Amarillo” – Mona Stangley
“The Sidestep” – The Governor of Texas, Ensemble
“No Lies” – Mona Stangley, Jewel, Ensemble
“Good Old Girl” – Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, Ensemble
“Hard Candy Christmas” – Ensemble
“Finale” – Company
Which of these audition songs for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.