The Best Audition Songs for Willy Wonka – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka? 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 Willy Wonka, broken down by character.

Since Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka is a contemporary musical version of the 1960s/1970s book and film, there’s a mix of contemporary and classic musical theatre songs below. In addition, there are lots of playful and youthful vibes throughout 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 “Willy Wonka 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 watch the live recording.


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.


Augustus Gloop

“How Lucky You Are” – Seussical   Music➝

“I Want to Go Home” – Big   Music➝

“Magic Foot” – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  [censor language]   Music➝


Candy Man

“All I Care About” – Chicago   Music➝

“Sara Lee” – And the World Goes ‘Round   Music➝

“You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” – Annie   Music➝


Charlie Bucket

“Counting Down to Christmas” – A Christmas Story   Music➝

“Electricity” – Billy Elliot   Music➝

“It’s Possible” – Seussical   Music➝


Grandpa Joe

“Days Gone By” – She Loves Me   Music➝

“Look Over There” – La Cage aux Folles   Music➝

“Something Was Missing” – Annie   Music➝


Mike Teavee

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

“Whatcha Gonna Do?” – Chaplin  [w/ your natural accent]   Music➝

“When I Get My Name in Lights” – The Boy from Oz   Music➝


Veruca Salt

“Born to Entertain” – Ruthless!   Music➝

“My New Philosophy” – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown   Music➝

“My Party Dress” – Henry & Mudge   Music➝


Violet Beauregarde

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

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

“Top Secret Personal Beeswax” – Junie B. Jones   Music➝


Willy Wonka

“How It Ends” – Big Fish   Music➝

“Hushabye Mountain” – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang   Music➝

“The Bottom Line” – Newsies   Music➝

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


Ensemble (Altos)

“More to the Story” – Shrek   Music➝

“Only Pretend” – Peter Pan Live!   Music➝

“What a Mother Does” – A Christmas Story   Music➝


Ensemble (Baritones)

“Fight the Dragons” – Big Fish   Music➝

“The Wheel” – Tuck Everlasting   Music➝

“Wonderful” – Wicked   Music➝


Ensemble (Basses)

“The Ballad of Farquaad” – Shrek   Music➝

“The Man Inside the Clues” – Catch Me If You Can   Music➝

“The Military” – Seussical   Music➝


Ensemble (Contras)

“All Falls Down” – Chaplin   Music➝

“Just Like That” – A Christmas Story   Music➝

“Shine” – Billy Elliot   Music➝


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

“Home” – Beauty and the Beast   Music➝

“My Grand Plan” – The Lighting Thief   Music➝

“The World Above” – The Little Mermaid   Music➝


Ensemble (Tenors)

“Extraordinary” – Pippin   Music➝

“Look at the Sky” – Urinetown   Music➝

“Proud of Your Boy” – Aladdin   Music➝


Ensemble (Trebles/Children)

“Now I See” – Junie B. Jones   Music➝

“Lunch Box” – Junie B. Jones   Music➝

“What If” – The Addams Family   Music➝


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Willy Wonka:

• “I Intend to Be a Queen” from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown  (Lucy)

• “Green Pepper” from Cocktails at Pam’s  (Estelle)

• “My Favorite Name” from Harvey  (Elwood)

• “Spell” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors

• “We’ll Figure It Out” in Monologues for Kids and Tweens


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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Willy Wonka Song List

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

Pure Imagination➝” – Wonka

“Golden Age of Chocolate” – Wonka, Oompa-Loompas, Ensemble

The Candy Man➝” – Candy Man, Charlie, Ensemble

“I Eat More” – Augustus, Mrs. Gloop, Ensemble

Think Positive➝” – Charlie, Mr. Bucket

“I See It All On TV” – Mike, Ms. Teavee

“Cheer Up Charlie” – Grandpa Joe, Mrs. Bucket, Mr. Bucket, Family

“Think Positive (Reprise)” – Charlie

“I’ve Got a Golden Ticket” – Charlie, Grandpa Joe, Wonka, Family, Ensemble


Act 2:

“At The Gates / Pure Imagination (Reprise)” – Wonka

“In This Room Here” – Wonka, Kids, Parents

“Oompa-Loompa 1” – Augustus, Oompa-Loompas

“There’s No Knowing” – Wonka, Parents

“Chew It” – Violet, Wonka, Kids

“Oompa-Loompa 2” – Violet, Oompa-Loompas

“Flying” – Charlie, Grandpa Joe

“Burping” – Charlie, Grandpa Joe

I Want It Now➝” – Veruca

“Oompa-Loompa 3” – Veruca, Oompa-Loompas

“Oompa-Loompa 4” – Mike, Oompa-Loompas

“Oompa-Loompa 5” – Kids, Oompa-Loompas

“Flying (Reprise)” – Willy Wonka, Grandpa Joe, Charlie

“Finale” – Wonka, Charlie, Grandpa Joe, Company


Which of these audition songs for Willy Wonka 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 Willy Wonka.
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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