The Best Audition Songs for Thoroughly Modern Millie – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Thoroughly Modern Millie? 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 Thoroughly Modern Millie, broken down by character.

Thoroughly Modern Millie is a contemporary musical that’s based on a post-golden-age film and set in the 1920s. Because of that, most of the songs below are also from musicals set in the 1920s/1930s. In addition, there is a classic and upbeat vibe to many of these 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 (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 “Thoroughly Modern Millie 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 Thoroughly Modern Millie 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 (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.


Jimmy Smith

All I Need is the Girl” – Gypsy

Broadway Baby” – Dames at Sea

Little Jazz Bird” – Lady, Be Good

She Loves Me” – She Loves Me


Millie Dillmount

Anything Goes” – Anything Goes

Blow, Gabriel, Blow” – Anything Goes

I Get a Kick Out of You” – Anything Goes

Show Off” – The Drowsy Chaperone


Miss Dorothy

Delishious” – Nice Work If You Can Get It

Just Imagine” – Good News!

The Man I Love” – Lady, Be Good

The Tale of the Oyster” – Fifty Million Frenchmen


Mrs. Meers

I Want to Go to Hollywood” – Grand Hotel

Little Girls” – Annie

Temptation” – Singin’ in the Rain

What You Need” – Grand Hotel


Muzzy Van Hossmere

All Falls Down” – Chaplin

Lost and Found” – City of Angels

No Man Left for Me” – The Will Rogers Follies

That Mister Man of Mine” – Dames at Sea


Trevor Graydon

Ilona” – She Loves Me

Nice Work If You Can Get It” – Nice Work If You Can Get It

The Call of the Sea” – No, No, Nanette

You Were Meant for Me” – Singin’ in the Rain


Ensemble (Altos)

An Old-Fashioned Love Story” – The Wild Party

As We Stumble Along” – The Drowsy Chaperone

Can This Be Love?” – Fine and Dandy


Ensemble (Baritones)

Grand Knowing You” – She Loves Me

I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” – Blackbirds of 1928

I Happen to Like New York” – The New Yorkers


Ensemble (Basses)

Easy to Love” – Anything Goes

Leaning on a Lamp Post” – Me and My Girl

Oh, Lady Be Good!” – Lady, Be Good


Ensemble (Contras)

Boy! What Love Has Done to Me” – Girl Crazy

But Not For Me” – Girl Crazy

The Lady is a Tramp” – Babes in Arms


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

Goodbye, Little Dream, Goodbye” – Anything Goes

What Good Is Love?” – Pins and Needles

You’re Getting to Be a Habit With Me” – 42nd Street


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Glad to Be Unhappy” – On Your Toes

Would You?” – Singin’ in the Rain

You Are My Lucky Star” – Singin’ in the Rain


Ensemble (Tenors)

Make ‘Em Laugh” – Singin’ in the Rain

Razzle Dazzle” – Chicago

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


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Thoroughly Modern Millie:

• “Al Capone and Me” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝

• “I Don’t Know➝” from Sun Dried➝  (Mary Louise)

• “In a Minute” from The Anniversary➝  (Tatiana)

• “You’re Quite a Girl➝” from 42nd Street  (Julian)

• “You’ve Got to Come Back a Star➝” from 42nd Street  (Julian)


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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Thoroughly Modern Millie Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Thoroughly Modern Millie 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:

Not for the Life of Me” – Millie

“Thoroughly Modern Millie” – Millie, Ensemble

“Not for the Life of Me (Reprise)” – Millie, Ensemble

How the Other Half Lives” – Miss Dorothy, Millie

“Not for the Life of Me (Reprise 2)” – Ching Ho, Bun Foo

The Speed Test” – Trevor Graydon, Millie, Ensemble

They Don’t Know” – Mrs. Meers

What Do I Need with Love?” – Jimmy

Only in New York” – Muzzy

Jimmy” – Millie


Act 2:

“Forget About the Boy” – Millie, Miss Flannery, Ensemble

“Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life” / “I’m Falling in Love with Someone” – Graydon, Miss Dorothy

I Turned the Corner” / “Falling in Love (Reprise)” – Jimmy, Millie, Miss Dorothy, Graydon

“Muqin” – Mrs. Meers, Bun Foo, Ching Ho

Long as I’m Here with You” – Muzzy, Ensemble

Gimme Gimme” – Millie

“Finale” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Thoroughly Modern Millie 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 Thoroughly Modern Millie.
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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