Musical-Specific Audition Songs

The Best Audition Songs for Mary Poppins – by Character

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

Since Mary Poppins is a contemporary remake of a 1960s film, the following songs are a mix of golden/post-golden age musicals and newer musicals with a classic feel to them. In addition, there are lots of light-hearted & Disney songs 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 Mary Poppins cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis. Or you can watch the classic 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 (rather than a specific character), there’s always a chance of being cast in a leading or 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.


Bert

Beautiful Girl” – Singin’ in the Rain

Put on a Happy Face” – Bye Bye Birdie

With a Little Bit of Luck” – My Fair Lady

You Two” – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


George Banks

I’m an Ordinary Man” – My Fair Lady

I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” – My Fair Lady

Why Can’t the English?” – My Fair Lady

With a Flair” – Bedknobs and Broomsticks [1970s film/non-theatre]


Jane Caroline Banks

Dites-Moi” – South Pacific

Little Lamb” – Gypsy

So Long, Farewell” – The Sound of Music

Truly Scrumptious” – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


Mary Poppins

I Could Have Danced All Night” – My Fair Lady

I Have Confidence” – The Sound of Music

I Whistle a Happy Tune” – The King and I

My Favorite Things” – The Sound of Music


Michael Banks

Gary, Indiana” – The Music Man

I’d Do Anything” – Oliver!

My Best Girl” – Mame

Where Is Love?” – Oliver!


Miss Andrew

Evil” – The Witches of Eastwick

It’s a Privilege to Pee” – Urinetown

Lucky” – A Little Princess

Poor Unfortunate Souls” – The Little Mermaid


Winifred Banks

Just Beyond the Stars” – Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure

Live Out Loud” – A Little Princess

My House” – Matilda

The Age of Not Believing” – Bedknobs & Broomsticks [1970s film/non-theatre]


Ensemble (Altos)

Hurry! It’s Lovely Up Here” – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?” – The King and I

Take It on the Chin” – Me and My Girl


Ensemble (Baritones)

Try Me” – She Loves Me

Very Soft Shoes” – Once Upon a Mattress

What Makes It Happen?” – Walking Happy


Ensemble (Basses)

Fortuosity” – The Happiest Millionaire [1960s film/non-theatre]

Hushabye Mountain” – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” – Sherman Brothers [1960s/non-theatre]


Ensemble (Contras)

Can You Imagine That?” – Mary Poppins Returns [2010s film/non-theatre]

Never Never Land” – Peter Pan

Tender Shepherd” – Peter Pan


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


Ensemble (Mezzo-Sopranos)

He Was Tall” – Cinderella

Look to the Rainbow” – Finian’s Rainbow

You Don’t Know” – Here’s Love


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Gee I’m Glad I’m No One Else But Me” – Anne of Green Gables

Goodnight My Someone” – The Music Man

Love Makes the World Go ‘Round” – Carnival


Ensemble (Tenors)

Flash, Bang, Wallop!” – Half a Sixpence

Many Moons Ago” – Once Upon a Mattress

That’s the Way It Happens” – Me and Juliet


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Mary Poppins:

• “Flying” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

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

• “I Want You to Meet Harvey➝” from Harvey➝  (Elwood)

• “The Flying Dream” in The Acting Coach Approach: 48 Monologues for Kids➝

• “You Won’t Misunderstand Me” from The Goal➝  (Sir Stephen)


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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Mary Poppins Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Mary Poppins, 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:

Chim Chim Cher-ee” – Bert

“Cherry Tree Lane (Part 1)” – George, Winifred, Jane, Michael, Ensemble

The Perfect Nanny” – Jane, Michael

“Cherry Tree Lane (Part 2)” – George, Winifred, Ensemble

Practically Perfect” – Mary Poppins, Jane, Michael

“Jolly Holiday” – Bert, Ensemble

“Cherry Tree Lane (Reprise)” – George

Being Mrs Banks” – Winifred

“Jolly Holiday (Reprise)” – Jane, Michael

A Spoonful of Sugar” – Mary Poppins

“Precision and Order” – George, Ensemble

“A Man Has Dreams” – George

Feed the Birds” – Bird Woman, Mary Poppins

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” – Mary Poppins, Bert, Jane, Michael, Ensemble

“Temper, Temper” – Jane, Michael, Ensemble

“Chim Chim Cher-ee (Rooftop Duet)” – Bert, Mary Poppins


Act 2:

Brimstone and Treacle (Part 1)” – Miss Andrew

“Let’s Go Fly a Kite” – Mr. Banks, Bert, Ensemble

“Good for Nothing” – George

“Being Mrs Banks (Reprise)” – Winifred

“Brimstone and Treacle (Part 2)” – Mary Poppins, Miss Andrew, Jane, Michael

“Step in Time” – Bert, Ensemble

“A Man Has Dreams” / “A Spoonful of Sugar (Reprise)” – George, Bert

Anything Can Happen” – Mary Poppins, Jane, Michael, Winifred, Bert, Ensemble

“A Spoonful of Sugar (Reprise)” – Mary Poppins, Michael, Jane, Winifred, George


Which of these audition songs for Mary Poppins 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 Mary Poppins.
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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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