The Best Audition Songs for The Marvelous Wonderettes – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for The Marvelous Wonderettes? 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 Marvelous Wonderettes, broken down by character.

Since The Marvelous Wonderettes is a jukebox musical featuring songs from the 50s and 60s, most of the songs below are from the 1950s or 1960s as well. In addition there are some musical theatre songs with a 50s/60s vibe mixed in in case your audition allows that.


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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 Marvelous Wonderettes 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 The Marvelous Wonderettes cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.


Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide which character you’d like to audition for. 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 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 when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.


Betty Jean

Don’t Make Me Over” – Dionne Warwick  [60s pop/non-theatre]

Mama Said” – Baby It’s You/The Shirelles

Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” – Lesley Gore  [non-theatre]

You Can’t Hurry Love” – Ain’t Too Proud/The Supremes


Cindy Lou

Be Anything” – Connie Francis  [non-theatre]

Fools Fall in Love” – All Shook Up

My Boyfriend’s Back” – Jersey Boys

One Night With You” – All Shook Up


Missy

Dancing in the Street” – Martha and the Vandellas  [non-theatre]

I’m Ready for Love” – Martha and the Vandellas  [non-theatre]

Knowing When to Leave” – Promises, Promises

One Boy” – Bye Bye Birdie


Suzy

Cooties” – Hairspray

I Say a Little Prayer” – Dionne Warwick/Promises, Promises

Judy’s Turn to Cry” – Lesley Gore  [non-theatre]

Screw Loose” – Cry Baby


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Marvelous Wonderettes:

• “Album” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

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

• “Hear That Song?➝” from Ohio  (Cat)

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

• “Sky Lines #1” in Audition Arsenal for Women 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 Marvelous Wonderettes Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in The Marvelous Wonderettes, 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:

“Mr. Sandman” – Wonderettes

“Lollipop/Sugartime” – Wonderettes

“Allegheny Moon” – Wonderettes

“All I Have To Do Is Dream/Dream Lover” – Wonderettes

“Stupid Cupid” – Suzy, Wonderettes

“Lipstick On Your Collar” – Betty Jean, Wonderettes

“Lucky Lips” – Cindy Lou, Wonderettes

“Secret Love” – Missy, Wonderettes

“Mr. Lee/Born Too Late/Teacher’s Pet” – Wonderettes

“Sincerely/Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight” – Wonderettes

“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” – Suzy, Wonderettes


Act 2:

“Heatwave” – Missy, Cindy Lou, Betty Jean

“It’s in His Kiss/Wedding Bell Blues” – Missy, Wonderettes

“You Don’t Own Me” – Missy, Wonderettes

“With This Ring” – Missy, Wonderettes

“I Only Want To Be With You” – Betty Jean, Wonderettes

“That’s When The Tears Start” – Betty Jean, Wonderettes

“It’s My Party” – Betty Jean, Wonderettes

“Son of a Preacher Man” – Cindy Lou, Wonderettes

“Leader of the Pack” – Cindy Lou, Wonderettes

“Maybe” – Cindy Lou, Wonderettes

“Maybe I Know” – Suzy, Wonderettes

“Needle in a Haystack” – Wonderettes

“Rescue Me” – Suzy, Wonderettes

“Respect” – Suzy, Wonderettes

“Thank You and Goodnight”/”Sincerely (Reprise)” – Wonderettes


Which of these audition songs for The Marvelous Wonderettes 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 The Marvelous Wonderettes.
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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