The Best Audition Songs for The Pajama Game – by Character
Do you have an upcoming audition for The Pajama Game? 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 Pajama Game, broken down by character.
Since The Pajama Game is a golden age musical, the following songs are from musicals between the 1940s-1950s. In addition, there are lots of 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.
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 Pajama Game 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, decide which character you’d like to audition for. And finally, choose a suitable song from the list below!
“I’m Going Back” – Bells are Ringing
“It’s a Perfect Relationship” – Bells are Ringing
“Ooh! My Feet” – The Most Happy Fella
“One Hundred Easy Ways” – Wonderful Town
“A Little Brains, A Little Talent” – Damn Yankees
“Satin and Silk” – Silk Stockings
“Take Back Your Mink” – Guys and Dolls
“Whatever Lola Wants” – Damn Yankees
“Heart” – Damn Yankees
“The Man I Used to Be” – Pipe Dream
“The Trouble with Women” – One Touch of Venus
“Those Were The Good Old Days” – Damn Yankees
“I Can’t Be in Love” – Goldilocks
“The Sadder But Wiser Girl” – The Music Man
“There Never Was a Woman” – Goldilocks
“What Chance Have I With Love?” – Louisiana Purchase
“I Am in Love” – Can-Can
“I Met a Girl” – Bells are Ringing
“Shall I Take My Heart” – Goldilocks
“That’s the Way It Happens” – Me and Juliet
“Everybody’s Got a Home But Me” – Pipe Dream
“I Enjoy Being a Girl” – Flower Drum Song
“The Gentleman is a Dope” – Allegro
“It’s a Lovely Day Today” – Call Me Madam
“Wooden Wedding” – One Touch of Venus
“Young and Foolish” – Plain and Fancy
“Come Along With Me” – Can-Can
“More I Cannot Wish You” – Guys and Dolls
“My Time of Day” – Guys and Dolls
“If You Hadn’t But You Did” – Two on the Aisle
“I’ve Still Got My Health” – Panama Hattie
“Nobody’s Heart” – By Jupiter
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“That’s Him” – One Touch of Venus
“That’s the Way It Happens” – Me and Juliet
“The Next Time it Happens” – Pipe Dream
“A Little Bit in Love” – Wonderful Town
“Till There Was You” – The Music Man
“When Did I Fall in Love?” – Fiorello!
“Fanny” – Fanny
“Goodbye, Old Girl” – Damn Yankees
“Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” – Guys and Dolls
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Pajama Game:
• “Green Pepper➝” from Cocktails at Pam’s (Estelle)
• “I’ve Fallen Behind➝” from The Worker➝ (Man)
• “Playing With Fired” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “Very Well➝” from Enemies➝ (She)
• “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 Pajama Game Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in The Pajama Game, 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.
“The Pajama Game Opening” – Hines
“Racing With the Clock” – Ensemble
“A New Town Is a Blue Town” – Sid
“Racing With the Clock (Reprise)” – Ensemble
“I’m Not At All in Love” – Babe, Ensemble
“I’ll Never Be Jealous Again” – Mabel, Hines
“Hey There” – Sid
“Sleep Tite” – Company
“Her Is” – Prez, Gladys
“Once-a-Year Day” – Sid, Babe, Company
“Her Is (Reprise)” – Prez, Mae
“Small Talk” – Sid, Babe
“There Once Was a Man” – Sid, Babe
“Hey There (Reprise)” – Sid
“Steam Heat” – Gladys, Ensemble
“Hey There (Reprise)” – Babe
“Think of the Time I Save” – Hines, Ensemble
“Hernando’s Hideaway” – Gladys, Company
“Seven-And-A-Half Cents” – Prez, Babe, Ensemble
“There Once Was a Man (Reprise)” – Sid, Babe
“Finale” – Company
Which of these audition songs for The Pajama Game 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.