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.
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 for Urinetown➝ 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.
“Just Like Him” – Elf
“Purpose” – Avenue Q
“Santa Fe” – Newsies
“Thank God She’s Blind” – The Toxic Avenger
Cladwell B. Cladwell
“Diamond in the Rough” – Aladdin
“Friends on the Other Side” – Princess and the Frog [2000s film/non-theatre]
“The Ballad of Farquaad” – Shrek
“The Military” – Seussical
“No One Cared Like You” – Nunsense II
“Let Us Be Glad” – Wicked
“Poor Monty” – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
“What Only Love Can See” – Chaplin
“Now I See” – Junie B. Jones
“One Pal” – Polka Dots: The Cool Kids Musical
“I Speak Six Languages” – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
“My Friend, The Dictionary” – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
“It Must Be Believed to Be Seen” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
“The Genius on Cleveland Street” – A Christmas Story
“What’s Up, Duloc?” – Shrek
“Who’s the Man” – The Witches of Eastwick
“Brimstone and Treacle” – Mary Poppins
“Land of Yesterday” – Anastasia
“Off With Their Heads” – Wonderland
“Red Shoes Blues” – The Wizard of Oz
“Diva’s Lament” – Spamalot
“Lost in the Brass” – Band Geeks
“There’s a Fine, Fine Line” – Avenue Q
“I Don’t Understand the Poor” – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
“Man About Town” – Young Frankenstein
“The Brain” – Young Frankenstein
“Coffee Shop Nights” – Curtains
“I Wanna Be a Producer” – The Producers
“Please Send Me Someone” – Young Frankenstein
“I Want the Good Times Back” – The Little Mermaid
“Just Around the Corner” – The Addams Family
“They Don’t Know” – Thoroughly Modern Millie
Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!
“How the Other Half Lives” – Thoroughly Modern Millie
“Listen to Your Heart” – Young Frankenstein
“Please Don’t Touch Me” – Young Frankenstein
“Choose Me, Oprah!” – The Toxic Avenger
“Daddy’s Girl” – Grey Gardens
“Morning Person” – Shrek
“A Christmas Song” – Elf
“Edwina” – Dear Edwina
“World’s Greatest Dad” – Elf
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.
“Too Much Exposition” – Lockstock, Pennywise, Bobby, Little Sally, Ensemble
“Urinetown” – Company
“It’s a Privilege to Pee” – Pennywise, Bobby, Ensemble
“It’s a Privilege to Pee (Reprise)” – Lockstock, Ensemble
“Mr. Cladwell” – Cladwell, Hope, 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
“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, Lockstock, Hope, Bobby
“Tell Her I Love Her” – Little Sally, Bobby, Ensemble
“We’re Not Sorry” – Little Sally, Harry, Ensemble
“I’m Not Sorry (Reprise)” – Cladwell, Pennywise
“I See a River” – Hope, Little Becky, 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.
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.