The Best Audition Songs for The Producers – by Character
Do you have an upcoming audition for The Producers? 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 Producers, broken down by character.
Since The Producers is an early contemporary musical that’s set in the 1950s and based on the 1960s film, there are a wide variety of musical theatre songs for you to choose from below (1960s-2015). In addition, there are lots of comedic and character songs 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 (something comedic, contemporary, 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 Producers cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis. It would also be helpful to watch the film version of The Producers➝.
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.
“Hold Me In Your Heart” – Kinky Boots
“I Am What I Am” – La Cage aux Folles
“La Cage aux Folles” – La Cage aux Folles
“Not My Father’s Son” – Kinky Boots
“Don’t Be the Bunny” – Urinetown
“Money Money” – Cabaret
“Like Zis / Like Zat” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
“The Genius on Cleveland Street” – A Christmas Story
“How Lucky You Are” – Seussical
“I Cannot Hear the City” – Sweet Smell of Success
“Look at the Sky” – Urinetown
“Now I’ve Seen You” – Honk!
“Coffee Shop Nights” – Curtains
“Love Sneaks In” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
“Man About Town” – Young Frankenstein
“Please Send Me Someone” – Young Frankenstein
“Friki-Friki” – Honeymoon in Vegas
“Listen to Your Heart” – Young Frankenstein
“Special” – Avenue Q
“The Life of the Party” – The Wild Party
“Deep Love” – Young Frankenstein
“Diva’s Lament” – Spamalot
“What Was a Woman to Do?” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
“I’d Order Love” – First Date
“I Miss the Music” – Curtains
“The Brain” – Young Frankenstein
“Happy/Sad” – The Addams Family
“Last One Picked” – Whoop-Dee-Doo!
“The Man Inside the Clues” – Catch Me If You Can
“He Vas My Boyfriend” – Young Frankenstein
“I Hate Musicals” – Ruthless!
“It’s a Business” – Curtains
Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!
“My Big French Boyfriend” – The Toxic Avenger
“Please Don’t Touch Me” – Young Frankenstein
“Temptation” – Singin’ in the Rain
“Choose Me, Oprah!” – The Toxic Avenger
“Crossword Puzzle” – Starting Here, Starting Now
“Poor Monty” – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
“God, I Hate Shakespeare” – Something Rotten!
“The Moon and Me” – The Addams Family
“Together Again” – Young Frankenstein
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Producers:
• “Actor!” in Audition Monologues for Young Men➝
• “Don’t Look at Me #1” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “Don’t Look at Me #2” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “Playing With Fired” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “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!
Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!
The Producers Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in The Producers 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.
“Opening Night” – Ensemble
“The King of Broadway” – Max, Ensemble
“We Can Do It” – Max, Leo
“I Wanna Be a Producer” – Leo, Ensemble
“We Can Do It (Reprise)” – Leo, Max
“In Old Bavaria” – Franz
“Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop” – Franz, Leo, Max
“Keep It Gay” – Max, Roger, Leo, Carmen, Ensemble
“When You Got It, Flaunt It” – Ulla
“Along Came Bialy” – Max, Company
“Act I Finale” – Company
“That Face” – Leo, Ulla
“Haben Sie gehört das Deutsche Band?” – Franz
“Opening Night (Reprise)” – Usherettes, Roger, Carmen
“You Never Say ‘Good Luck’ on Opening Night” – Leo, Roger, Carmen, Franz, Max
“Springtime” – Ensemble
“Where Did We Go Right?” – Leo, Max
“Betrayed” – Max
“‘Til Him” – Leo, Max, Ensemble
“Prisoners of Love” – Ensemble
“Prisoners of Love (Reprise)” – Max, Company
“Goodbye!” – Company
Which of these audition songs for The Producers 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.