Upbeat Audition Songs – by Vocal Type

Are you getting looking for a happy musical theatre song for an upcoming project or audition? 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 upbeat audition songs, sorted by vocal type.


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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:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

“Upbeat Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist


Altos

A Trip to the Library” – She Loves Me

Hey, Look Me Over” – Wildcat

I Put My Hand In” – Hello, Dolly!

If My Friends Could See Me Now” – Sweet Charity

Hurry! It’s Lovely Up Here” – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

One Hundred Easy Ways” – Wonderful Town


Baritones

Be Like the Bluebird” – Anything Goes

Extraordinary” – Pippin

Heart” – Damn Yankees

Singin’ in the Rain” – Singin’ in the Rain

Try Me” – She Loves Me

With Anne on My Arm” – La Cage Aux Folles


Basses

And You Don’t Even Know It” – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Everybody Says Don’t” – Anyone Can Whistle

I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’” – Porgy and Bess

I Like Life” – Scrooge

I Love My Wife” – I Do! I Do!

Slide Some Oil To Me” – The Wiz


Contras

Good Morning Starshine” – Hair

Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” – George White’s Scandals

Live in Living Color” – Catch Me If You Can

Say Yes” – 70, Girls, 70

Simple Joys” – Pippin

Step One” – Kinky Boots


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


Mezzo-Sopranos

A Wonderful Guy” – South Pacific

Change It” – 9 to 5

Johnny One-Note” – Babes in Arms

Sing Happy” – Flora, the Red Menace

Sweet Thursday” – Pipe Dream

You’ve Got Possibilities” – It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman


Sopranos

A Spoonful of Sugar” – Mary Poppins

Gee I’m Glad I’m No One Else But Me” – Anne of Green Gables

Getting to Know You” – The King and I

Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm” – How to Succeed in Business

I Could Have Danced All Night” – My Fair Lady

Vanilla Ice Cream” – She Loves Me


Tenors

A Christmas Song” – Elf

All I Need is the Girl” – Gypsy

Butter Outta Cream” – Catch Me If You Can

I Can Do That” – A Chorus Line

Miracle of Miracles” – Fiddler on the Roof

Sara Lee” – And the World Goes ‘Round


Trebles/Kids

It’s Possible” – Seussical

Lunch Box” – Junie B. Jones

Sparkle and Shine” – Nativity!

Think Positive” – Willy Wonka

Tomorrow” – Annie

You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile (Reprise)” – Annie


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Which of these upbeat audition songs did you choose?

And what role are you auditioning for next? We would love to hear all about it in the comments below! And if you need help putting together your audition rep book, check out our DIY packages!


Stacy Karyn, author of Upbeat Audition Songs.
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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