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. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “White Christmas 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 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.


Betty Haynes

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Meet Me in St. Louis   Music➝

“Honey Bun” – South Pacific   Music➝

“I Can Cook Too” – On the Town   Music➝

“It’s All Right With Me” – High Society   Music➝


Bob Wallace

“Beautiful Girl” – Singin’ in the Rain   Music➝

“Lonely Town” – On the Town   Music➝

“Lucky to Be Me” – On the Town   Music➝

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


Judy Haynes

“Always True to You in My Fashion” – Kiss Me, Kate   Music➝

“Anything Goes” – Anything Goes   Music➝

“I Get a Kick Out of You” – Anything Goes   Music➝

“Why Can’t You Behave?” – Kiss Me, Kate   Music➝


Martha Watson

“A Little Brains, A Little Talent” – Damn Yankees   Music➝

“It’s a Perfect Relationship” – Bells are Ringing   Music➝

“I’m Going Back” – Bells are Ringing   Music➝

“One Hundred Easy Ways” – Wonderful Town   Music➝


Phil Davis

“Nice Work If You Can Get It” – Nice Work If You Can Get It   Music➝

“Put on a Happy Face” – Bye Bye Birdie   Music➝

“Singin’ in the Rain” – Singin’ in the Rain   Music➝

“When the Children Are Asleep” – Carousel   Music➝


Susan Waverly

“I Gotta Crow” – Peter Pan   Music➝

“Little Lamb” – Gypsy   Music➝

“Shy” – Once Upon a Mattress   Music➝

“Take It on the Chin” – Me and My Girl   Music➝


Ensemble (Altos)

“Can This Be Love?” – Fine and Dandy   Music➝

“Everybody’s Got a Home But Me” – Pipe Dream   Music➝

“My Funny Valentine” – Babes in Arms   Music➝


Ensemble (Baritones)

“I Met a Girl” – Bells are Ringing   Music➝

“Ridin’ on the Moon” – St. Louis Woman   Music➝

“They Can’t Take That Away From Me” – Crazy for You   Music➝


Ensemble (Basses)

“Just in Time” – Bells are Ringing   Music➝

“The Man I Used to Be” – Pipe Dream   Music➝

“What Chance Have I With Love?” – Louisiana Purchase   Music➝


Ensemble (Contras)

“Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home” – St. Louis Woman   Music➝

“Nobody’s Heart” – By Jupiter   Music➝

“The Boy Next Door” – Meet Me in St. Louis   Music➝


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

“Better Luck Next Time” – Top Hat   Music➝

“Nothing More to Say” – Holiday Inn   Music➝

“Sweet Thursday” – Pipe Dream   Music➝


Ensemble (Sopranos)

“A Little Bit in Love” – Wonderful Town   Music➝

“You Don’t Know” – Here’s Love   Music➝

“Would You?” – Singin’ in the Rain   Music➝


Ensemble (Tenors)

“All I Need is the Girl” – Gypsy   Music➝

“Starting at the Bottom” – Fine and Dandy   Music➝

“That’s For Me” – State Fair   Music➝


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.


Act 1:

“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


Act 2:

“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.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for White Christmas.
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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