The Best Audition Songs for Man of La Mancha – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Man of La Mancha? 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 Man of La Mancha, broken down by character.

Since Man of La Mancha is a post-golden age musical set in the 17th century, most of the songs below are from golden/post-golden age musicals. Some of these songs are also from musicals that are set in or earlier than the 17th century 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 “Man of La Mancha 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 libretto➝ while listening to the Man of La Mancha 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.


Aldonza

Simple Little Things” – 110 in the Shade

That Dirty Old Man” – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

That’ll Show Him” – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Wild and Reckless” – Drat! The Cat!


Don Quixote

Bring Me My Bride” – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

C’est Moi” – Camelot

In My Own Lifetime” – The Rothschilds

Molasses to Rum” – 1776


Sancho Panza

A Wonderful Day Like Today” – The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd

Comedy Tonight” – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Everybody Says Don’t” – Anyone Can Whistle

I’m Calm” – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum


Ensemble (Altos)

And I Was Beautiful” – Dear World

I’ve Never Said I Love You” – Dear World

Ladies” – Destry Rides Again


Ensemble (Baritones)

If Ever I Would Leave You” – Camelot

Love, I Hear” – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

The Seven Deadly Virtues” – Camelot


Ensemble (Basses)

Camelot” – Camelot

Edelweiss” – The Sound of Music

How to Handle a Woman” – Camelot


Ensemble (Contras)

Before I Kiss the World Goodbye” – Jennie

I Don’t Want to Know” – Dear World

Kiss Her Now” – Dear World


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

Cry Like the Wind” – Do Re Mi

How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” – Finian’s Rainbow

What Makes Me Love Him?” – The Apple Tree


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Follow Me” – Camelot

I Love You” – Song of Norway

Mira” – Carnival!


Ensemble (Tenors)

Fanny” – Fanny

If I Be Your Best Chance” – Walking Happy

I’ve Just Seen Her” – All American


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Man of La Mancha:

• “Aguinaldo: Mark Twain in Purgatory” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝

• “Do You Know➝” from The Cradle Song➝

• “Going Mad➝” from Always Ridiculous➝

• “Personal➝” from Always Ridiculous➝

• “What!➝” from Don Juan➝


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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Man of La Mancha Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Man of La Mancha, 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.


“Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)” – Don Quixote, Sancho

“It’s All the Same” – Aldonza

Dulcinea” – Don Quixote, Ensemble

“I’m Only Thinking of Him” – Antonia, Padre, Housekeeper

“We’re Only Thinking of Him” – Antonia, Carrasco, Padre, Housekeeper

“The Missive” – Sancho

I Really Like Him” – Sancho

What Does He Want of Me?” – Aldonza

“Little Bird, Little Bird” – Ensemble

“Barber’s Song / Golden Helmet” – Barber, Don Quixote, Sancho

To Each His Dulcinea” – Padre

The Impossible Dream” – Don Quixote

“Knight of the Woeful Countenance” – Innkeeper, Aldonza, Sancho

“The Abduction” – Muleteers

“Aldonza” – Aldonza

A Little Gossip” – Sancho

“Dulcinea/Impossible Dream/Man of La Mancha (Reprise)” – Aldonza, Don Quixote, Sancho

“Finale: The Impossible Dream (Reprise)” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Man of La Mancha 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 Man of La Mancha.
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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