The Best Audition Songs for Mamma Mia! – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Mamma Mia!? 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 Mamma Mia!, broken down by character.

Since Mamma Mia! is a pre-contemporary jukebox musical with songs from the 70s and 80s, the following songs all have 1970s/1980s vibes to them as well. In addition, there are lots of non-musical theatre pop songs for you to choose from below, in case your audition calls for that.


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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 pop song, 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 “Mamma Mia! 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 listen to the Mamma Mia! cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis. Or you can watch the film➝.


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.


Bill Austin

Into the Mystic” – Van Morrison  [70s rock/non-musical theatre]

Go West” – Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Without You” – Disaster!

Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]


Donna Sheridan

Dear Tom” – I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking it on the Road

Fernando” – ABBA  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

Lonely Lady” – I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking it on the Road

Old Friend” – I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road

Strong Woman Number” – I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking it on the Road


Harry Bright

Captain Jack” – Movin’ Out

Making Love Out of Nothing At All” – Air Supply  [80s pop/non-theatre]

Nikita” – Elton John  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

The Lives of Me” – The Boy from Oz


Rosie

Gloria” – Laura Branigan  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

I Still Believe in Love” – They’re Playing Our Song

Solitaire” – Laura Branigan  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

Don’t Wish Too Hard” – The Boy from Oz


Sam Carmichael

Fallin’” – They’re Playing Our Song

Forever” – Kenny Loggins  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

Heaven” – Bryan Adams  [80s rock/non-musical theatre]

Once Before I Go” – The Boy from Oz


Sky

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” – Jersey Boys

Hello It’s Me” – Todd Rundgren  [70s rock/non-musical theatre]

Morning Glow” – Pippin

Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word” – Elton John  [70s pop/non-theatre]


Sophie Sheridan

A Little More Love” – Olivia Newton-John  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

Angelo” – Brotherhood of Man  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

Once You See” – Carrie

Ring, Ring” – ABBA   [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

Sam” – Olivia Newton-John  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]


Tanya

Bad Girls” – Donna Summer  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

Beautiful” – Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

It’s Raining Men” – The Weather Girls  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

Put in a Package and Sold” – I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking it on the Road


Ensemble (Altos)

Eternal Flame” – The Bangles  [80s rock/non-musical theatre]

Miss America” – I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking it on the Road

The Way of Love” – The Cher Show


Ensemble (Baritones)

I Still Call Australia Home” – The Boy from Oz

Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – Elton John  [70s rock/non-musical theatre]

Waiting for a Girl Like You” – Foreigner  [80s rock/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Basses)

Always on My Mind” – Elvis  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

Lean on Me” – Bill Withers  [70s soul/non-musical theatre]

Your Song” – Elton John  [70s rock/non-musical theatre]


Ensemble (Contras)

Broken Wings” – Mr. Mister  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

Magic Man” – Heart  [70s rock/non-musical theatre]

Someone Else’s Story” – Chess


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Happy Birthday” – I’m Getting My Act Together & Taking it on the Road

Holding Out For a Hero” – Footloose

Let’s Hear It for the Boy” – Footloose


Ensemble (Tenors)

Dance With Me” – Orleans  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]

The Stranger” – Movin’ Out

Mellow” – Elton John  [70s pop/non-musical theatre]


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Mamma Mia!:

• “Bridge Partners” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “Green Pepper➝” from Cocktails at Pam’s  (Estelle)

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

• “Picture Show Video” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “We Both Are➝” from Footloose  (Ren)


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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Mamma Mia! Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Mamma Mia, 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:

I Have a Dream” – Sophie

“Honey Honey” – Sophie, Ali, Lisa

“Money, Money, Money” – Donna, Company

“Thank You for the Music” – Sophie, Harry, Bill, Sam

Mamma Mia” – Donna

“Chiquitita” – Rosie, Tanya, Donna

“Dancing Queen” – Rosie, Tanya, Donna

“Lay All Your Love on Me” – Sky, Sophie, Ensemble

“Super Trouper” – Donna, Tanya, Rosie

“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” – Company

“The Name of the Game” – Sophie

“Voulez-Vous” – Company


Act 2:

“Under Attack” – Sophie, Ensemble

“One of Us” – Donna

“S.O.S.” – Sam, Donna

“Does Your Mother Know” – Tanya, Pepper, Ensemble

Knowing Me, Knowing You” – Sam

“Our Last Summer” – Harry, Donna

Slipping Through My Fingers” – Donna

The Winner Takes It All” – Donna

“Take a Chance on Me” – Rosie

“I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” – Company

“I Have a Dream” – Sophie, Company


Which of these audition songs for Mamma Mia! 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 Mamma Mia!.
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.


 

4 thoughts on “The Best Audition Songs for Mamma Mia! – by Character

  • October 23, 2019 at 4:16 am
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    Hi Stacy:

    I’m auditioning for Rosie soon. Am curious why all the songs except one that you recommend for her are slow ones? Is it because they are in her vocal range?

    • October 23, 2019 at 12:42 pm
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      Hi April! I’m so glad that you pointed this out, because so many Mamma Mia auditions do call for an uptempo song. Because of this, I’ve just gone through and added a few more energetic choices for Rosie. I hope you connect with one of them! But if you’re still not feeling any of the choices, feel free to let me know and I’ll take another look for ya. And in the meantime, I’ll keep an ear out for anything else that might be a good fit for her character. 🙂

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