The Best Audition Songs for Cinderella – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Cinderella? 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 Cinderella, broken down by character.

Since Cinderella is a golden age musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein (and is not the Disney version), most of the songs below are from golden age/post-golden age musicals as well.


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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. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Cinderella 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 or libretto➝ while listening to the Cinderella cast album➝.


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.


Cinderella (Ella)

Distant Melody” – Peter Pan

How Lovely to Be a Woman” – Bye Bye Birdie

Little Lamb” – Gypsy

This is All Very New to Me” – Plain and Fancy


Evil Stepmother (Madame)

Brimstone and Treacle” – Mary Poppins

Cry Like the Wind” – Do Re Mi

Lazy Afternoon” – The Golden Apple

Sensitivity” – Once Upon a Mattress


Fairy Godmother (Marie)

Follow Me” – Camelot

Getting to Know You” – The King and I

I Whistle a Happy Tune” – The King and I

You’ll Never Walk Alone” – Carousel


Prince Charming (Topher)

On the Street Where You Live” – My Fair Lady

That’s For Me” – State Fair

There But For You Go I” – Brigadoon

We Kiss in a Shadow” – The King and I


Stepsisters (Portia and Joy)

A Little Brains, A Little Talent” – Damn Yankees

Adelaide’s Lament” – Guys and Dolls

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

If My Friends Could See Me Now” – Sweet Charity


Ensemble (Altos)

Happily Ever After” – Once Upon a Mattress

Hello, Young Lovers” – The King and I

It Might as Well be Spring” – State Fair


Ensemble (Baritones)

Geraniums in the Winder” – Carousel

It Only Takes a Moment” – Hello, Dolly!

You Stepped Out of a Dream” – Singin’ in the Rain


Ensemble (Basses)

How to Handle a Woman” – Camelot

Some Enchanted Evening” – South Pacific

Try to Remember” – The Fantasticks


Ensemble (Contras)

Never Never Land” – Peter Pan

Tender Shepherd” – Peter Pan

Who’s Been Sitting in My Chair?” – Goldilocks


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

I’ll Show Him” – Plain and Fancy

Shall We Dance?” – The King and I

Something Wonderful” – The King and I


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Out of My Dreams” – Oklahoma!

So in Love” – Kiss Me, Kate

What’s the Use of Wond’rin’?” – Carousel


Ensemble (Tenors)

Many Moons Ago” – Once Upon a Mattress

Younger Than Springtime” – South Pacific

You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” – South Pacific


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Cinderella:

• “Fifty-Two From Sixty-Four➝” from The Forced Marriage➝

• “I Intend to Be a Queen➝” from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown  (Lucy)

• “Mother Moon➝” from Fading Joy➝  (Joy)

• “Rooms” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “The Ideal Man!” from A Woman of No Importance➝  (Mrs. Allonby)


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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Cinderella Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Cinderella, 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 1:

“Prologue” – Cinderella, Ensemble

“Me, Who Am I?” – Prince, Ensemble

In My Own Little Corner” – Cinderella

“The Prince Is Giving a Ball” – Sebastian, Lord Pinkleton, Prince, Ensemble

“Your Majesties” – King, Queen, Chief, Steward

“In My Own Little Corner (Reprise)” – Cinderella, Fairy Godmother

“Impossible” – Cinderella, Fairy Godmother

“Transformations” – Cinderella, Fairy Godmother

“Ten Minutes Ago” – Prince, Cinderella


Act 2:

“Stepsisters’ Lament” – Stepsisters, Ensemble

“The Pursuit” – Prince, Lord Pinkleton, Ensemble

He Was Tall” – Cinderella

“When You’re Driving Through the Moonlight” – Cinderella, Stepmother, Stepsisters

A Lovely Night” – Cinderella, Stepmother, Stepsisters

“Loneliness of Evening” – Cinderella, Prince

“Announcing the Banquet” – Sebastian, Stepmother, Lord Pinkleton, Ensemble

There’s Music in You” – Fairy Godmother

“Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” – Prince, Cinderella

“The Shoe Fits” – Prince, Cinderella, Lord Pinkleton, Ensemble

“The Proposal” – Prince, Cinderella, Ensemble


Which of these audition songs for Cinderella 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 Cinderella.
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.


 

2 thoughts on “The Best Audition Songs for Cinderella – by Character

  • May 28, 2020 at 3:35 am
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    Rodgers and Hammerstein’s version actually did get adapted by Disney in 1997 on The Wonderful World Of Disney as a TV movie

    • May 29, 2020 at 9:13 am
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      Such a good point! Thanks for mentioning that! I just adjusted the note above to specify that this isn’t the *animated* Disney version. 🙂

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