The Best Audition Songs for Amazing Grace – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Amazing Grace? 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 Amazing Grace, by character.

Since Amazing Grace is a musical from the 2010s, the songs below are from the 1990s-2020. In addition, there are lots of timeless, passionate, and adventurous vibes below 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 upbeat, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call.

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 listen to the Amazing Grace cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.

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.

Captain Newton

How Long Must This Go On?” – Beauty and the Beast

In Every Age” – Titanic

Night Will Come” – Groundhog Day

Still” – Anastasia

John Newton

Barrett’s Song” – Titanic

I’m Martin Guerre” – Martin Guerre

No Moon” – Titanic

This is the Moment” – Jekyll & Hyde

Katumah (Nanna)

Easy as Life” – Aida

Somebody Gonna Love You” – The Color Purple

Too Beautiful for Words” – The Color Purple

White Milk & Red Blood” – Dessa Rose

Major Gray

I Don’t Understand the Poor” – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

If I Left London” – Chaplin

My Petersburg” – Anastasia

Wonders of the World” – The Wizard of Oz

Mary Catlett

How Will I Know?” – Death Takes a Holiday

The Light in the Piazza” – The Light in the Piazza

What Only Love Can See” – Chaplin

Who Is This Man?” – Death Takes a Holiday

Pakuteh (Thomas)

I Thought That I Could Live” – Death Takes a Holiday

Live With Somebody You Love” – Martin Guerre

Made of Stone” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Make Them Hear You” – Ragtime

Ensemble (Altos)

Days of Plenty” – Little Women

Here Alone” – Little Women

When the Music Played” – Doctor Zhivago

Ensemble (Baritones)

Everything to Win” – Anastasia

What’s Left of Love?” – Marguerite

Where Are All the People?” – Chaplin

Ensemble (Basses)

If I Can’t Love Her” – Beauty and the Beast

The Life That You Wished For” – Chaplin

Welcome to the World” – A Man of No Importance

Ensemble (Contras)

Close the Door” – Anastasia

God Help The Outcasts” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Woman” – The Pirate Queen

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

Ensemble (Mezzos)

China Doll” – Marguerite

Live Out Loud” – A Little Princess

Something of My Own” – Dessa Rose

Ensemble (Sopranos)

If This Is What We’re Fighting For” – The Beautiful Game

The Sea of Life” – The Pirate Queen

Will You?” – Grey Gardens

Ensemble (Tenors)

A Bit of Earth” – The Secret Garden

Before the Summer Ends” – Dracula

I Never Knew” – Far from Heaven

Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Amazing Grace:

• “A Thirteen-Year-Old Maid” in Young Women’s Monologues from Contemporary Plays➝

• “Good Heavens!➝” from The Pretentious Young Ladies➝  (Madelon)

• “How Can You Say That?➝” from Wild Honey  (Anna)

• “My Shares Are Worthless➝” from A Little Princess  (Miss Minchin)

• “The Grace of Mary Traverse” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

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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Amazing Grace Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Amazing Grace 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 I:

“Prologue” – Pakuteh

“Truly Alive” – John, Captain Newton

“The Auction” – John, Ensemble

“Someone Who Hears” – Mary, John

Voices of the Angels” – Mary

“We Are Determined” – Ensemble

“Never” – John

“Shadows of Innocence” – John, Mary

Expectations” – Major Gray

Act 2:

“Welcome Song” – Princess Peyai, Ensemble

“Sing on High” – Ensemble

Tell Me Why” – Mary

A Chance for Me” – Captain Newton

Nowhere Left to Run” – Thomas

Daybreak” – Nanna

I Still Believe” – Mary

Testimony” – John

“I Will Remember” – John

“Nothing There to Love” – John, Mary

“Amazing Grace” – Company

Which of these audition songs for Amazing Grace 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 Amazing Grace.
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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