Audition Songs for Smokey Joe’s Cafe – By Vocal Type

Do you have an upcoming audition for Smokey Joe’s Cafe? 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 Smokey Joe’s Cafebroken down by character.

Since Smokey Joe’s Cafe is a musical revue featuring music between the 1950s-1960s, none of the following songs are from a traditional musical theater repertoire. All of the songs below are either from non-theatre pop/rock songs from the 1950s-1960s or from jukebox musicals 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 “Smokey Joe’s Cafe 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 read through the synopsis while listening to the Smokey Joe’s Cafe cast album.


Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, choose a suitable song from the list below!


Ensemble (Altos)

“Be Anything” – Connie Francis Music➝

“Dancing in the Street” – Martha and the Vandellas Music➝

“I Only Want to Be With You” – Dusty Springfield Music➝


Ensemble (Baritones)

“Because” – The Dave Clark Five Music➝

“I’m a Man” – Bo Diddley Music➝

“I’m Into Something Good” – Herman’s Hermits Music➝


Ensemble (Bases)

“Crackin’ Up” – Bo Diddley Music➝

“Little Sister” – Elvis Presley Music➝

“Three Steps to Heaven” – Eddie Cochran Music➝


Ensemble (Contras)

“Don’t Make Me Over” – Dionne Warwick Music➝

“Earth Angel” – The Penguins Music➝

“I Wish It Would Rain” – Ain’t Too Proud/The Temptations Music➝


Ensemble (Mezzo-Sopranos)

“Downtown” – Petula Clark Music➝

“I’m Ready for Love” – ​​Martha and the Vandellas Music➝

“Sincerely” – The McGuire Sisters Music➝


Ensemble (Sopranos)

“Am I the Same Girl?” – Dusty Springfield Music➝

“Band of Gold” – Freda Payne Music➝

“My Boyfriend’s Back” – Jersey Boys Music➝


Ensemble (Tenors)

“Lucille” – Jerry Lee Lewis Music➝

“Pills” – Bo Diddley Music➝

“The Way You Do The Things You Do” – Ain’t Too Proud Music➝


Psst… Don’t know your voice type? Click here!


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for :

• “Album” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women

• “Harvey and I” from Harvey (Elwood)

• “Hear That Song?” from Ohio (Cat)

• “I Hate It” from Cocktails at Pam’s (Estelle)

• “Johnny Talks Kids” from Frankie and Johnny… (Johnny)


Final Step: Prepare for your audit

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 download our FREE audition prep checklist!


Want more songs? Check out our DIY Rep Books for EVERY vocal type!


Which of these audition songs for Smokey Joe’s Cafe did you choose?

And how did your audit go? 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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Free Audition Prep Checklist.


Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for Smokey Joe's Cafe.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theater Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theater, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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