Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for The Music Man – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for The Music Man? 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 Music Man, broken down by character.

Since The Music Man is a golden age musical, most of the following songs are from golden age/post-golden age musicals as well. In addition, there is a classic/energetic vibe to many of the following 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 listen to the The Music Man 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 (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.


Do-Re-Mi” – The Sound of Music

Scales and Arpeggios” – The Aristocats [1970s film/non-theatre]

Truly Scrumptious” – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Harold Hill

Heart” – Damn Yankees

I Can’t Be in Love” – Goldilocks

I Met a Girl” – Bells Are Ringing

Those Were The Good Old Days” – Damn Yankees

What a Waste” – Wonderful Town

Marcellus Washburn

Brush Up Your Shakespeare” – Kiss Me, Kate

Make ‘Em Laugh” – Singin’ in the Rain

Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” – Guys and Dolls

There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame” – South Pacific

Marian Paroo

A Little Bit In Love” – Wonderful Town

Somebody, Somewhere” – The Most Happy Fella

Warm All Over” – The Most Happy Fella

What’s the Use of Wond’rin’?” – Carousel

Mrs. Paroo

Hey, Look Me Over” – Wildcat

Small World” – Gypsy

The Beast In You” – Goldilocks

Who’s Been Sitting in My Chair?” – Goldilocks

Winthrop Paroo

Dites-Moi” – South Pacific

I’d Do Anything” – Oliver!

My Best Girl” – Mame

Ensemble (Altos)

Be Kind to Your Parents” – Fanny

Everybody’s Got a Home But Me” – Pipe Dream

The Next Time It Happens” – Pipe Dream

Ensemble (Baritones)

Rosie” – Bye Bye Birdie

Shall I Take My Heart” – Goldilocks

That Man Over There” – Miracle on 34th Street

Ensemble (Basses)

Not Mine” – Hallelujah, Baby!

Once in Love With Amy” – Where’s Charley?

There Never Was a Woman” – Goldilocks

Ensemble (Contras)

Erbie Fitch’s Twitch” – Redhead

I Never Know When” – Goldilocks

Nobody’s Heart” – By Jupiter

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Ensemble (Mezzo-Sopranos)

I Ain’t Down Yet” – The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Shopping Around” – Wish You Were Here

You Don’t Know” – Here’s Love

Ensemble (Sopranos)

Love Makes the World Go ‘Round” – Carnival

So in Love” – Kiss Me, Kate

Wonderful, Wonderful Day” – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Ensemble (Tenors)

I Wanna Be Rich” – Stop the World – I Want to Get Off

I’ve Just Seen Her” – All American

Old Devil Moon” – Finian’s Rainbow

Ensemble (Trebles/Children)

I Won’t Grow Up” – Peter Pan

So Long, Farewell” – The Sound of Music

Where Is Love?” – Oliver!

Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Music Man:

• “I Shall Go Mad!” from Fourteen➝

“My Favorite Name➝” from Harvey➝  (Elwood)

• “Nothing But Misfortune” from Poor John➝  (John)

• “The Ideal Man!” from A Woman of No Importance➝  (Mrs. Allonby)

• “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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The Music Man Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in The Music Man, 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:

“Rock Island” – Charlie, Ensemble

“Iowa Stubborn” – Ensemble

Ya Got Trouble” – Harold, Ensemble

“Piano Lesson” – Marian, Mrs. Paroo

Goodnight My Someone” – Marian

Seventy-Six Trombones” – Harold

“Sincere” – Olin, Oliver, Ewart, Jacey

The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl” – Harold

“Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little” – Alma, Maud, Ethel, Mrs. Squires, Eulalie, Ensemble

“Goodnight, Ladies” – Olin, Oliver, Ewart, Jacey

“Marian The Librarian” – Harold

My White Knight” – Marian

“The Wells Fargo Wagon” – Winthrop, Ensemble

Act 2:

“It’s You” – Olin, Oliver, Ewart, Jacey, Alma, Maud, Ethel, Mrs. Squires, Eulalie

Shipoopi” – Marcellus, Ensemble

“Lida Rose” – Olin, Oliver, Ewart, Jacey

“Will I Ever Tell You” – Marian

Gary, Indiana” – Winthrop

Till There Was You” – Marian, Harold

“Seventy-Six Trombones” / “Goodnight, My Someone (Reprise)” – Harold, Marian

“Till There Was You (Reprise)” – Harold

“Finale” – Company

Which of these audition songs for The Music Man 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 Music Man.
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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