Do you have an upcoming audition for The Fantasticks? 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 Fantasticks, broken down by character.
Since The Fantasticks is a post-golden age musical, the following songs are from musicals between 1960-1980. In addition, there is a classic musical theatre vibe to many of the songs 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 read through the synopsis while listening to the The Fantasticks 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.
To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And finally, choose a suitable song from the list below!
“A Wonderful Day Like Today” – The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
“Everybody Ought to Have a Maid” – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
“I Don’t Remember Christmas” – Starting Here Starting Now
“I’m Glad I’m Not Young Anymore” – Gigi
“Among My Yesterdays” – The Happy Time
“In My Own Lifetime” – The Rothschilds
“Melinda” – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
“Never Will I Marry” – Greenwillow
“Beautiful Girls” – Follies
“Comedy Tonight” – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
“Days Gone By” – She Loves Me
“Two a Day” – Parade
“I’ve Never Said I Love You” – Dear World
“Love Song” – Celebration
“Under the Tree” – Celebration
“What Makes Me Love Him?” – The Apple Tree
“Anne of Green Gables” – Anne of Green Gables
“She’s My Love” – Carnival!
“What Kind of Fool Am I?” – Stop the World – I Want to Get Off
“Wondrin’” – Anne of Green Gables
“A Little Gossip” – Man of La Mancha
“Big Fish, Little Fish” – Purlie
“I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight” – Camelot
“That’s Your Funeral” – Oliver!
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Fantasticks:
• “Actor!” in Audition Monologues for Young Men➝
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!
Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!
The Fantasticks Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in The Fantasticks, 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.
“Try to Remember” – El Gallo, Luisa, Matt, Hucklebee, Bellomy
“Much More” – Luisa
“Metaphor” – Matt, Luisa
“Never Say No” – Hucklebee, Bellomy
“It Depends On What You Pay” – El Gallo, Hucklebee, Bellomy
“Soon It’s Gonna Rain” – Matt, Luisa
“The Abduction Ballet / Happy Ending” – Company
“This Plum Is Too Ripe” – Matt, Luisa, Hucklebee, Bellomy
“I Can See It” – Matt, El Gallo
“Plant a Radish” – Bellomy, Hucklebee
“Round and Round” – El Gallo, Luisa, Company
“They Were You” – Matt, Luisa
“Try to Remember (Reprise)” – El Gallo
Which of these audition songs for The Fantasticks 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.