The Best Audition Songs for Miss Saigon – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Miss Saigon? 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 Miss Saigon, by character.

Since Miss Saigon is a pre-contemporary musical from the late 1980s, the songs below are all from musicals between 1980-2010. In addition, there is an epic/dramatic vibe to many of the following 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. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Miss Saigon 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 the synopsis while listening to the Miss Saigon cast album➝. Or you can watch the live recording➝.


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.


Christopher Scott

Before the Summer Ends” – Dracula

Dreamer in Disguise” – Carrie

Flying Home” – Songs for a New World

I’ll Be There” – The Pirate Queen

Sarah” – The Civil War


Ellen Scott

Back to Before” – Ragtime

Do It Alone” – Parade

Someone Else’s Story” – Chess

Someone Like You” – Jekyll & Hyde

Where is the Warmth?” – The Baker’s Wife


Gigi Van Tranh

God Help The Outcasts” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

I Dreamed a Dream” – Les Misérables

Maybe I Like It This Way” – The Wild Party

Woman” – The Pirate Queen

You Don’t Know This Man” – Parade


John Thomas

Anthem” – Chess

Into the Fire” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

Love Changes Everything” – Aspects of Love

Sunset Boulevard” – Sunset Boulevard

This is the Moment” – Jekyll & Hyde


Kim

A New Life” – Jekyll & Hyde

How Did I Get to Where I Am?” – Marguerite

On My Own” – Les Misérables

The Sea of Life” – The Pirate Queen

When Will Someone Hear?” – Martin Guerre


The Engineer

Buffalo Nickel Photoplay, Inc.” – Ragtime  [use your natural accent]

Dog Eats Dog” – Les Misérables

La Cage aux Folles” – La Cage aux Folles

Master of the House” – Les Misérables

Where I Want to Be” – Chess


Thuy

Intoxication” – Marguerite

I’m Martin Guerre” – Martin Guerre

Javert’s Suicide” – Les Misérables

Pity the Child” – Chess

What’s Left of Love?” – Marguerite


Ensemble (Altos)

The Face I See” – Marguerite

Unexpected Song” – Song and Dance

With One Look” – Sunset Boulevard


Ensemble (Baritones)

Drink With Me” – Les Misérables

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” – Les Misérables

The Greatest Star of All” – Sunset Boulevard


Ensemble (Basses)

Stars” – Les Misérables

Wheels of a Dream” – Ragtime

Where’s the Girl?” – The Scarlet Pimpernel


Ensemble (Contras)

As If We Never Said Goodbye” – Sunset Boulevard

Living in the Shadows” – Victor/Victoria

My Body Wasn’t Why” – The Glorious Ones


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

Anything But Lonely” – Aspects of Love

China Doll” – Marguerite

How Many Tears?” – Martin Guerre


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Children of the Wind” – Rags

No One Knows Who I Am” – Jekyll & Hyde

When There’s No One” – Carrie


Ensemble (Tenors)

Bring Him Home” – Les Misérables

No Moon” – Titanic

Who Am I?” – Les Misérables


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Miss Saigon:

• “I Can’t Trust Anything➝” from Watson Intelligence  (Eliza)

• “It’s All Our Fault➝” from The Columnist  (Halberstam)

• “It’s Best➝” from Elsewhere➝

• “It’s Never One Thing➝” from Shows for Days  (Irene)

• “Some People Get Locked Up➝” from Pretty Theft➝  (Joe)


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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Miss Saigon Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Miss Saigon, 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:

“Backstage Dreamland” – Gigi, Kim, The Engineer, Ensemble

“The Heat is On in Saigon” – The Engineer, Kim, John, Chris, Gigi, Ensemble

The Movie in My Mind” – Gigi, Kim, Ensemble

“The Transaction” – The Engineer, John, Chris, Kim, Ensemble

“The Dance” – Kim, The Engineer, Chris

Why God Why?” – Chris

“This Money’s Yours” – Chris, Kim

“Sun and Moon” – Chris, Kim

“The Telephone Song” – Chris, John

“The Deal” – The Engineer, Chris

“The Wedding Ceremony” – Gigi, Kim, Chris, Ensemble

“Thuy’s Intervention” – Thuy, Chris, Kim

“Last Night of the World” – Chris, Kim

“The Morning of the Dragon” – Soldiers, The Engineer, Thuy, Ensemble

“I Still Believe” – Kim, Ellen

“Coo-Coo Princess” – The Engineer, Kim, Thuy, Ensemble

“Thuy’s Death” – Thuy, Kim

“This is the Hour” – Ensemble

If You Want to Die in Bed” – The Engineer

“Kim & Engineer” – Kim, The Engineer

I’d Give My Life for You” – Kim


Act 2:

Bui Doi” – John, Ensemble

“The Revelation” – Chris, John

“What a Waste” – The Engineer, Ensemble

“Too Much For One Heart” – John, Kim

“Kim’s Nightmare” – Thuy, Chris, Kim, John, Ensemble

“Sun and Moon (Reprise)” – Kim

“Room 317” – Kim, Ellen

Now That I’ve Seen Her” / “Maybe” – Ellen

“The Confrontation” – Chris, Ellen, John, Kim

“Paper Dragons” – The Engineer, Kim

The American Dream” – The Engineer, Ensemble

“Finale” – Chris, Kim


Which of these audition songs for Miss Saigon 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 Miss Saigon.
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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