The Best Audition Songs for Annie by Character

Written by Leryn Turlington

April 9, 2020

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Auditioning for Annie (mezzo)

Annie is the street-smart and spunky orphan who charms everyone on her path to finding family and belonging. She is full of optimism no matter the obstacles and is grateful for everything beyond the buckets and brooms of Miss Hannigan’s orphanage.

“The Girl I Mean To Be” from The Secret Garden

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“Don’t Cry Out Loud” from The Boy From Oz

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Audition for Oliver Warbucks (baritone)

A stiff-collared, successful millionaire who takes in the little orphan Annie for the holidays. His hard exterior is softened by her positivity and charisma, and through this unconventional relationship his priorities are altered in favor of love and family over money and success.

“Colors of My Life” from Barnum

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“Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music

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Audition for Grace Farrell (soprano)

Grace is Oliver Warbucks’ personal secretary and a figure of comfort and maternal warmth towards Annie. She is efficient, poised, and up for any challenge, including Miss Hannigan and her brother’s schemes. Nothing will keep her from protecting Annie. 

“Getting to Know You” from The King and I

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“I Got Rhythm” from Girl Crazy

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Audition for the Orphans (mezzo/soprano)

The orphans in Miss Hannigan’s orphanage are small but mighty. These girls are tough and no stranger to hard work. Each has a distinct personality and a strong objective of finding a loving home.

“Naughty” from Matilda

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“I Know Things Now” from Into the Woods

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Auditioning for Miss Hannigan (mezzo)

Deeply unhappy with her status in life, Miss Hannigan takes out all her frustration on the orphans she wardens. Her only happiness comes from radio romance dramas, a bottle of booze, and scheming with her contemplable brother, Rooster.

“Breaking Down” from Falsettos

Funny Honey” from Chicago

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Auditioning for Rooster (tenor)

Rooster is Miss Hannigan’s brother and partner-in-crime. He is no stranger to cons and schemes, and dreams of the good life on Easy Street. He pretends to be Annie’s biological father, the fictional ‘Ralph Mudge,’  to win the reward money from Oliver Warbucks.

“Luck Be A Lady” from Guys and Dolls

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“Pick a Pocket or Two” from Oliver

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Auditioning for Lily St. Regis (soprano)

Lily St. Regis is the flouncy, flirty and flighty girlfriend of Rooster. Equally invested in a monetary reward, she fulfills her role as Annie’s biological mother despite being somewhat dimwitted and distracted.

“Listen to Your Heart” from Young Frankenstein

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“Always True To You In My Fashion” from Kiss Me, Kate

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Auditioning for Bert Healy (tenor)

Bert Healy is the radio announcer famous for his “Oxydeny Hour of Smiles.” He is a charming and engaging host who allows Oliver Warbucks on his show to advertise for his search for Annie’s parents.

“Lullaby of Broadway” from 42nd Street

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“Put On A Happy Face” from Bye Bye Birdie

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Auditioning for Roosevelt (baritone)

Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, was known for his “New Deal” policy and for comforting a country wrecked by the Great Depression. When Warbucks brings Annie along to a meeting with the President, FDR is struck by her optimism and sincerity.

“Piddle, Twaddle, and Resolve” from 1776

“I Invented Myself” from Ben Franklin in Paris

Audition for Ensemble (all vocal types)

Servants, Boylan Sisters, Cabinet Members, Hooverville Citizens


“I Could Be Happy With You” from The Boy Friend

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“Falling in Love With Love” from The Boys from Syracuse

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“I’ve Got A Crush On You” from Strike Up the Band

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“Speak Low” from One Touch of Venus

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“The Trolley Song” from Meet Me in St. Louis

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“100 Easy Ways to Lose A Man” from Wonderful Town

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“All Through the Night” from Anything Goes

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“It Only Takes A Moment” from Hello, Dolly!

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“Mack the Knife” from The Threepenny Opera

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“Once in Love With Amy” by Ray Bolger

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Leryn Turlington is a Chicago-based actor, vocalist, and teaching artist who has performed on stages such as Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Marriott Theatre, and more. She is the co-founder of the jazz group Treble on the L, a member of Actor’s Equity, and proud Florida State graduate. @lerynrene