Looking for a great showtune from the jazz age for an upcoming audition or project? Well, first you should check out our giant database of audition songs for specific musicals. But if your show hasn’t yet been covered by us, you can go through these jazz age audition songs (1920s-1930s musical theatre songs), sorted by vocal type.
* The jazz age songs below are from musicals between 1920 – 1939.
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First Step: 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:
“How Long Has This Been Going On?” – Rosalie
“My Funny Valentine” – Babes in Arms
“Please Don’t Make Me Be Good” – The New Yorkers
“Take It on the Chin” – Me and My Girl
“A Kiss for Cinderella” – Of Thee I Sing
“A Red-Headed Woman” – Porgy and Bess
“Little Jazz Bird” – Lady, Be Good
“September Song” – Knickerbocker Holiday
“Easy to Love” – Anything Goes
“Oh, Lady Be Good!” – Lady, Be Good
“Sunday in the Park” – Pins and Needles
“When I Grow Up (The G-Man Song)” – Pins and Needles
“Blow, Gabriel, Blow” – Anything Goes
“But Not For Me” – Girl Crazy
“Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” – George White’s Scandals
“Little Girl Blue” – Jumbo
Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!
“Chain Store Daisy” – Pins and Needles
“Someone to Watch Over Me” – Crazy for You
“Ten Cents a Dance” – Simple Simon
“What Good Is Love?” – Pins and Needles
“All the Things You Are” – Very Warm for May
“Delishious” – Nice Work If You Can Get It
“Just Imagine” – Good News!
“Most Gentlemen Don’t Like Love” – Leave It to Me
“A New Love is Old” – The Cat in the Fiddle
“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” – Blackbirds of 1928
“Starting at the Bottom” – Fine and Dandy
“You’re Too Far Away” – Nymph Errant
Want more songs? Check out these DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!
Which of these musical theatre jazz standards did you choose?
And what are you working on at the moment? Feel free to share in the comments below!
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.