The Best Audition Songs for Big Fish – by Character
Do you have an upcoming audition for Big Fish? 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 Big Fish, broken down by character.
Since Big Fish is a contemporary musical, the songs below are from contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there is a magical/country vibe to many of the following songs 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 Big Fish 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.
“Everything’s Golden” – Tuck Everlasting
“In the Ring” – Rocky
“It Must Be Believed to Be Seen” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
“The Genius on Cleveland Street” – A Christmas Story
“You Can’t Trust a Man” – Tuck Everlasting
“Heartbreaker” – Bright Star
“It All Fades Away” – The Bridges of Madison County
“Something From a Dream” – The Bridges of Madison County
“The World Inside a Frame” – The Bridges of Madison County
“Time” – Tuck Everlasting
Sandra Bloom (Templeton)
“A Part of That” – The Last Five Years
“Another Life” – The Bridges of Madison County
“Days and Days” – Fun Home
“Don’t Say Another Word” – Next Thing You Know
“What Only Love Can See” – Chaplin
“I Didn’t Plan It” – Waitress
“I’m Outta Here” – Ghost
“It’s a Sign” – If/Then
“The Lady’s Improving” – The Prom
“What You Got” – Freaky Friday
“Bright Star” – Bright Star
“Thin Air” – Amélie
“When the Booth Goes Bright” – Amélie
“You Don’t Need to Love Me” – If/Then
“You Never Know” – If/Then
“Crossing a Bridge” – Anastasia
“If You Knew My Story” – Bright Star
“Pretty Funny” – Dogfight
“Shouldn’t I Be Less in Love With You?” – I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
“Top of the World” – Tuck Everlasting
“What Would You Do?” – If/Then
“Everything About You” – Groundhog Day
“Sleeping” – Once
“Temporarily Lost” – The Bridges of Madison County
“Come Back” – Dogfight
“Playing Nancy” – Groundhog Day
“When I Go” – We Aren’t Kids Anymore
Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!
“Even Though” – I Love You Because
“How Bout a Dance?” – Bonnie & Clyde
“Way Back in the Day” – Bright Star
“Almost Real” – The Bridges of Madison County
“To Build a Home” – The Bridges of Madison County
“What Do You Call a Man Like That?” – The Bridges of Madison County
“As Good As I Get” – Next Thing You Know
“God Answered My Prayers” – Hands on a Hardbody
“My Manhattan” – Daddy Long Legs
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Big Fish:
• “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝
• “Moon Man Walk” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝
• “My Favorite Name➝” from Harvey➝ (Elwood)
• “Picture Show Video” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝
• “Wilderness of Mirrors” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝
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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Big Fish Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Big Fish, 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.
“Be the Hero” – Edward Bloom, Ensemble
“The Witch” – The Witch, Edward, Ensemble
“Stranger” – Will Bloom
“Two Men In My Life” – Sandra Bloom
“Out There on the Road” – Edward, Karl, Ensemble
“Little Lamb from Alabama” – Sandra, Ensemble
“Time Stops” – Edward, Sandra
“Closer to Her” – Amos Calloway, Edward, Ensemble
“Daffodils” – Edward, Sandra
“Red, White and True” – Sandra, Edward, Ensemble
“Fight the Dragons” – Edward, Young Will
“Stranger (Reprise)” – Will
“Showdown” – Will, Edward, Ensemble
“I Don’t Need a Roof” – Sandra
“Start Over” – Edward, Amos, Karl, Ensemble
“What’s Next” – Will, Edward, Ensemble
“How It Ends” – Edward
“Be the Hero (Reprise)” – Will
Which of these audition songs for Big Fish 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.
Need extra help? Just go through this free audition prep checklist!
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.