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.
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.
“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
“A Lovely Night” – Cinderella
“Goodnight My Someone” – The Music Man
“There’s Music in You” – Cinderella
“Warm All Over” – The Most Happy Fella
“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
“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
“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
“I Gotta Crow” – Peter Pan
“Sweet Thursday” – Pipe Dream
“Take It on the Chin” – Me and My Girl
“Hey There” – The Pajama Game
“Just One of Those Things” – High Society
“They Can’t Take That Away From Me” – Crazy for You
“Beautiful Girl” – Singin’ in the Rain
“Easy to Love” – Anything Goes
“I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’” – Porgy and Bess
“Little Girl Blue” – Jumbo
“Never Never Land” – Peter Pan
“Wendy” – Peter Pan
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“Chain Store Daisy” – Pins and Needles
“How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” – Finian’s Rainbow
“The Next Time it Happens” – Pipe Dream
“The Tale of the Oyster” – Fifty Million Frenchmen
“This Is All Very New to Me” – Plain and Fancy
“Would You?” – Singin’ in the Rain
“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➝
• “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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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.