The Best Audition Songs for The Wizard of Oz – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for The Wizard of Oz? 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 Wizard of Oz, broken down by character.

Since The Wizard of Oz is a pre-contemporary musical remake of the 1930s film, the songs below are from the 1930s-1950s. In addition, there is a classic/light-hearted 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. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Wizard of Oz 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 Wizard of Oz cast album➝ while reading the synopsis. It would also be helpful to watch the classic film➝.


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.


Dorothy Gale

Better Luck Next Time” – Top Hat

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

Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye” – Anything Goes

It Might as Well be Spring” – State Fair

Little Lamb” – Gypsy


Glinda

A Lovely Night” – Cinderella

Goodnight My Someone” – The Music Man

There’s Music in You” – Cinderella

Warm All Over” – The Most Happy Fella


Lion

Be Like the Bluebird” – Anything Goes

Moses Supposes” – Singin’ in the Rain

My Daddy Always Taught Me to Share” – Grind

When I Grow Up (The G-Man Song)” – Pins and Needles


Scarecrow

I Happen to Like New York” – The New Yorkers

Leaning on a Lamp Post” – Me and My Girl

Singin’ in the Rain” – Singin’ in the Rain

Starting at the Bottom” – Fine and Dandy


The Wizard of Oz / Professor Marvel

*This role doesn’t require singing, but in case a song is requested:

Come Along With Me” – Can-Can

Many Moons Ago” – Once Upon a Mattress

Sunday in the Park” – Pins and Needles

Very Soft Shoes” – Once Upon a Mattress


Tin Man

Heart” – Damn Yankees

Once In Love With Amy” – Where’s Charlie?

What Chance Have I With Love?” – Louisiana Purchase

Wooden Wedding” – One Touch of Venus


Wicked Witch of the West / Miss Gulch

*This role doesn’t require much singing, but in case a song is requested:

Sensitivity” – Once Upon a Mattress

The Beast in You” – Goldilocks

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


Ensemble (Altos)

I Gotta Crow” – Peter Pan

Sweet Thursday” – Pipe Dream

Take It on the Chin” – Me and My Girl


Ensemble (Baritones)

Hey There” – The Pajama Game

Just One of Those Things” – High Society

They Can’t Take That Away From Me” – Crazy for You


Ensemble (Basses)

Beautiful Girl” – Singin’ in the Rain

Easy to Love” – Anything Goes

I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’” – Porgy and Bess


Ensemble (Contras)

Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” – George White’s Scandals

Little Girl Blue” – Jumbo

Wendy” – Peter Pan


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

Chain Store Daisy” – Pins and Needles

How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” – Finian’s Rainbow

The Next Time it Happens” – Pipe Dream


Ensemble (Sopranos)

The Tale of the Oyster” – Fifty Million Frenchmen

This is All Very New to Me” – Plain and Fancy

Would You?” – Singin’ in the Rain


Ensemble (Tenors)

Like a God” – Flower Drum Song

Old Devil Moon” – Finian’s Rainbow

You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” – South Pacific


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Wizard of Oz:

• “Flying” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “I Want You to Meet Harvey➝” from Harvey➝  (Elwood)

• “Mother Moon➝” from Fading Joy➝  (Joy)

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

• “Rooms” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝


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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Which of these audition songs for The Wizard of Oz 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 Wizard of Oz.
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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