The Best Audition Songs for Urinetown – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Urinetown? 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 Urinetown, broken down by character.

Since Urinetown is an early contemporary musical, the songs below are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there’s a comedic/character 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 “Urinetown 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 read through the synopsis or libretto while listening to the Urinetown 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, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.


Bobby Strong

“Just Like Him” – Elf   Music➝

“Purpose” – Avenue Q   Music➝

“Santa Fe” – Newsies   Music➝

“Thank God She’s Blind” – The Toxic Avenger   Music➝


Cladwell B. Cladwell

“Diamond in the Rough” – Aladdin   Music➝

“Friends on the Other Side” – Princess and the Frog [non-musical theatre]   Music➝

“The Ballad of Farquaad” – Shrek   Music➝

“The Military” – Seussical   Music➝


Hope Cladwell

“No One Cared Like You” – Nunsense II   Music➝

“Let Us Be Glad” – Wicked   Music➝

“Poor Monty” – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder   Music➝

“What Only Love Can See” – Chaplin   Music➝


Little Sally

“Now I See” – Junie B. Jones   Music➝

“One Pal” – Polka Dots: The Cool Kids Musical   Music➝

“I Speak Six Languages” – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee   Music➝

“My Friend, The Dictionary” – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee   Music➝


Officer Lockstock

“It Must Be Believed to Be Seen” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory   Music➝

“The Genius on Cleveland Street” – A Christmas Story   Music➝

“What’s Up, Duloc?” – Shrek   Music➝

“Who’s the Man” – The Witches of Eastwick   Music➝


Penelope Pennywise

“Brimstone and Treacle” – Mary Poppins   Music➝

“Land of Yesterday” – Anastasia   Music➝

“Off With Their Heads” – Wonderland   Music➝

“Red Shoes Blues” – The Wizard of Oz   Music➝


Ensemble (Altos)

“Diva’s Lament” – Spamalot   Music➝

“Lost in the Brass” – Band Geeks   Music➝

“There’s a Fine, Fine Line” – Avenue Q   Music➝


Ensemble (Baritones)

“I Don’t Understand the Poor” – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder   Music➝

“Man About Town” – Young Frankenstein   Music➝

“The Brain” – Young Frankenstein   Music➝


Ensemble (Basses)

“Coffee Shop Nights” – Curtains   Music➝

“I Wanna Be a Producer” – The Producers   Music➝

“Please Send Me Someone” – Young Frankenstein   Music➝


Ensemble (Contras)

“I Want the Good Times Back” – The Little Mermaid   Music➝

“Just Around the Corner” – The Addams Family   Music➝

“They Don’t Know” – Thoroughly Modern Millie   Music➝


Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!


Ensemble (Mezzos)

“How the Other Half Lives” – Thoroughly Modern Millie   Music➝

“Listen to Your Heart” – Young Frankenstein   Music➝

“Please Don’t Touch Me” – Young Frankenstein   Music➝


Ensemble (Sopranos)

“Choose Me, Oprah!” – The Toxic Avenger   Music➝

“Daddy’s Girl” – Grey Gardens   Music➝

“Morning Person” – Shrek   Music➝


Ensemble (Tenors)

“A Christmas Song” – Elf   Music➝

“Edwina” – Dear Edwina   Music➝

“World’s Greatest Dad” – Elf   Music➝


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Urinetown:

• “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

• “Three-Word Play” in The Acting Coach Approach: 48 Monologues for Kids

• “You’re a Very Crabby Person” from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown  (Schroeder)


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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Urinetown Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Urinetown, 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:

“Too Much Exposition” – Lockstock, Pennywise, Bobby, Little Sally, Ensemble

“Urinetown” – Company

It’s a Privilege to Pee➝” – Pennywise, Old Man Strong, Bobby, Ensemble

“It’s a Privilege to Pee (Reprise)” – Lockstock, Ensemble

“Mr. Cladwell” – Cladwell, Hope, Mr. McQueen, Ensemble

“Cop Song” – Lockstock, Barrel, Ensemble

“Follow Your Heart” – Hope, Bobby

Look at the Sky➝” – Bobby, Pennywise, Ensemble

Don’t Be the Bunny➝” – Cladwell, Hope, Ensemble

“Act One Finale” – Bobby, Cladwell, Hope, Ensemble


Act 2:

“What is Urinetown?” – Little Becky, Harry, Lockstock, Cladwell, Bobby, Little Sally, Ensemble

“Snuff That Girl” – Hot Blades Harry, Little Becky, Ensemble

Run, Freedom, Run!➝” – Bobby, Ensemble

“Follow Your Heart (Reprise)” – Hope

“Why Did I Listen to That Man?” – Pennywise, Fipp, Lockstock, Barrel, Hope, Bobby

“Tell Her I Love Her” – Little Sally, Bobby, Soupy Sue, Tiny Tom, Josephine

“We’re Not Sorry” – Little Sally, Harry, Josephine, Soupy Sue, Ensemble

“I’m Not Sorry (Reprise)” – Cladwell, Pennywise

“I See a River” – Hope, Little Becky, Josephine, Ensemble


Which of these audition songs for Urinetown 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 Urinetown.
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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