The Best Audition Songs for White Christmas – by Character
Do you have an upcoming audition for White Christmas? 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 White Christmas, by character.
Since White Christmas is a contemporary remake of a 1950s film, most of the songs below are from golden age/pre-golden age musicals as well. 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 White Christmas 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.
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Meet Me in St. Louis
“Honey Bun” – South Pacific
“I Can Cook Too” – On the Town
“It’s All Right With Me” – High Society
“Beautiful Girl” – Singin’ in the Rain
“Lonely Town” – On the Town
“Lucky to Be Me” – On the Town
“You Were Meant for Me” – Singin’ in the Rain
“Always True to You in My Fashion” – Kiss Me, Kate
“Anything Goes” – Anything Goes
“I Get a Kick Out of You” – Anything Goes
“Why Can’t You Behave?” – Kiss Me, Kate
“A Little Brains, A Little Talent” – Damn Yankees
“It’s a Perfect Relationship” – Bells are Ringing
“I’m Going Back” – Bells are Ringing
“One Hundred Easy Ways” – Wonderful Town
“Nice Work If You Can Get It” – Nice Work If You Can Get It
“Put on a Happy Face” – Bye Bye Birdie
“Singin’ in the Rain” – Singin’ in the Rain
“When the Children Are Asleep” – Carousel
“I Gotta Crow” – Peter Pan
“Little Lamb” – Gypsy
“Shy” – Once Upon a Mattress
“Take It on the Chin” – Me and My Girl
“Can This Be Love?” – Fine and Dandy
“Everybody’s Got a Home But Me” – Pipe Dream
“My Funny Valentine” – Babes in Arms
“I Met a Girl” – Bells are Ringing
“Ridin’ on the Moon” – St. Louis Woman
“They Can’t Take That Away From Me” – Crazy for You
“Just in Time” – Bells are Ringing
“The Man I Used to Be” – Pipe Dream
“What Chance Have I With Love?” – Louisiana Purchase
“Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home” – St. Louis Woman
“Nobody’s Heart” – By Jupiter
“The Boy Next Door” – Meet Me in St. Louis
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“Better Luck Next Time” – Top Hat
“Nothing More to Say” – Holiday Inn
“Sweet Thursday” – Pipe Dream
“A Little Bit in Love” – Wonderful Town
“You Don’t Know” – Here’s Love
“Would You?” – Singin’ in the Rain
“All I Need is the Girl” – Gypsy
“Starting at the Bottom” – Fine and Dandy
“That’s For Me” – State Fair
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for White Christmas:
• “Green Pepper➝” from Cocktails at Pam’s (Estelle)
• “In a Minute” from The Anniversary➝ (Tatiana)
• “Play Memory” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝
• “Playing With Fired” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “You Won’t Misunderstand Me” from The Goal➝ (Sir Stephen)
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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White Christmas Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in White Christmas, 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.
“Happy Holiday” – Bob, Phil, Ralph
“Happy Holiday / Let Yourself Go” – Bob, Phil, Ensemble
“Love and the Weather” – Bob, Betty
“Sisters” – Betty, Judy
“The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing” – Phil, Judy, Ensemble
“Snow” – Bob, Phil, Betty, Judy, Ensemble
“What Can You Do With a General?” – Martha, Bob, Phil
“Let Me Sing and I’m Happy” – Martha
“Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep” – Bob, Betty
“Blue Skies” – Bob, Ensemble
“I Love a Piano” – Phil, Judy, Ensemble
“Falling Out of Love Can Be Fun” – Martha, Betty, Judy
“Sisters (Reprise)” – Bob, Phil
“Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me / How Deep Is the Ocean” – Betty, Bob
“The Old Man” – Bob, Ensemble
“Let Me Sing and I’m Happy (Reprise)” – Susan
“How Deep Is the Ocean (Reprise)” – Bob, Betty
“The Old Man (Reprise)” – Bob, Phil, Ralph, Ensemble
“White Christmas” – Company
“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” – Company
Which of these audition songs for White Christmas 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.