Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for Violet – by Character

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

Since Violet is a 1990s musical, the following songs are from shows between the 1980s-2010s. In addition, there are lots of country and soul vibes below 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 while listening to the Violet 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 (rather than a specific character), there’s always a chance of being cast in a leading or supporting role!

To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, decide which character you’d like to audition for. And finally, choose a suitable song from the list below!


Give a Man Enough Rope” – The Will Rogers Follies

It’s a Boy” – The Will Rogers Follies

Look Around” – The Will Rogers Follies

Mama Says” – Footloose


I’ll Be Here” – The Wild Party

River Jordan” – The Civil War

Serve Yourself” – Pump Boys and Dinettes

Use What You Got” – The Life


I’ll Never Pass This Way Again” – The Civil War

Tell My Father” – The Civil War

Raise a Little Hell” – Bonnie & Clyde

Stronger” – Hands on a Hardbody


It’s a Sign” – If/Then

Love Thy Neighbor” – The Prom

The Devil You Know” – Side Show

You Can’t Get to Heaven” – The Life


Asheville” – Bright Star

Change It” – 9 to 5

If You Knew My Story” – Bright Star

Way Back in the Day” – Bright Star

Young Vi

Everlasting” – Tuck Everlasting

Good Girl Winnie Foster” – Tuck Everlasting

Picture Show” – Bonnie & Clyde [Young Bonnie’s part]

Ensemble (Altos)

Annie’s Party” – Fugitive Songs

Are You a Believer?” – Ghost

At Long Last” – Bright Star

Ensemble (Baritones)

Seeing You” – Groundhog Day

Temporarily Lost” – The Bridges of Madison County

Wondering” – The Bridges of Madison County

Ensemble (Basses)

Father How Long?” – The Civil War

Never Met a Man I Didn’t Like” – The Will Rogers Follies

Night Will Come” – Groundhog Day  

Ensemble (Contras)

Dusty Plays the Saw” – The Burnt Part Boys

That’s What You Call a Dream” – Bonnie & Clyde

When I Go” – We Aren’t Kids Anymore

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

Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Everything Changes” – Waitress

How Bout a Dance?” – Bonnie & Clyde

I’m Gone” – Hands on a Hardbody

Ensemble (Tenors)

Breeze Off the River” – The Full Monty

Heartbreaker” – Bright Star

How Glory Goes” – Floyd Collins

Step 4: Select a monologue

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

• “Heaven in Your Pocket” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “Jugger’s Rain #1” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “Jugger’s Rain #2” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “Right Place, Right Time #2” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝

• “Wilderness of Mirrors” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝

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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Violet Song List

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

“Water in the Well” – Young Vi

“Surprised” – Violet, Ensemble

On My Way” – Violet, Flick, Young Vi, Ensemble

“M&M’s” – Flick, Father, Monty, Violet, Ensemble

“Luck of the Draw” – Father, Young Vi, Violet, Monty, Flick

“Question ‘n’ Answer” – Monty, Violet

“All to Pieces” – Violet, Monty, Flick

“A Healing Touch” – Preacher, Violet, Ensemble

Let it Sing” – Flick

“Anyone Would Do” – Flick, Monty, Violet, Ensemble

“Who’ll Be the One (If Not Me)” – Ensemble

“You’re Different” / “Last Time I Came to Memphis” – Monty

“Lonely Stranger” – Ensemble

Lay Down Your Head” – Violet

“Hard to Say Goodbye” – Flick, Violet

“Promise Me, Violet” – Violet, Flick, Monty

“Raise Me Up” – Preacher, Ensemble

“Down the Mountain” – Young Vi, Violet, Father

“Raise Me Up (Reprise)” – Violet, Preacher

“Look at Me” – Violet, Young Vi

That’s What I Could Do” – Father

“Surprised (Reprise)” – Violet, Ensemble

“Promise Me, Violet (Reprise)” – Flick, Violet, Young Vi

“Bring Me to Light” – Flick, Violet, Young VI, Company

Which of these audition songs for Violet 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 Violet.
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.


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