The Best Audition Songs for Pippin – by Character
Do you have an upcoming audition for Pippin? 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 Pippin, broken down by character.
Since Pippin is a musical from the early 1970s, the songs below are from musicals between the 1970s -1990s. In addition, there are lots of mysterious and playful vibes 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 uptempo, 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 Pippin cast album➝ while reading through the synopsis.
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.
“I’m Still Here” – Follies
“Rookie in the Ring” – My Favorite Year
“Say Yes” – 70, Girls, 70
“We Can Make It” – The Rink
“Disneyland” – Smile
“Lion Tamer” – The Magic Show
“Nothing Really Happened” – Is There Life After High School?
“Take That Look Off Your Face” – Tell Me on a Sunday
“In My Own Lifetime” – The Rothschilds
“Never the Luck” – The Mystery of Edwin Drood
“The Colors of My Life” – Barnum
“The Hardest Part of Love” – Children of Eden
“A Call From the Vatican” – Nine
“Bring on the Men” – Jekyll and Hyde
“Nobody Does It Like Me” – Seesaw
“Turn Back, O Man” – Godspell
“By My Side” – Godspell
“He’s the Wizard” – The Wiz
“Save the People” – Godspell
“The Feeling That We Have” – The Wiz
“You Can’t Win” – The Wiz
“All Good Gifts” – Godspell
“Proud Lady” – The Baker’s Wife
“Starlight Express” – Starlight Express
“The Only Home I Know” – Shenandoah
“A World Without You” – Children of Eden
“Beautiful City” – Godspell
“Dreamer in Disguise” – Carrie
“Lost in the Wilderness” – Children of Eden
“On the Willows” – Godspell
“Day by Day” – Godspell
“Let’s Play a Love Scene” – Fame
“The Spark of Creation” – Children of Eden
“Just One Person” – Snoopy!!!
“The Kid Inside” – Is There Life After High School?
“The Mason” – Working
“Fallin’” – They’re Playing Our Song
“Pilate’s Dream” – Jesus Christ Superstar
“Slide Some Oil To Me” – The Wiz
“Believe in Yourself” – The Wiz
“I Still Believe in Love” – They’re Playing Our Song
“Nobody Tells Me How” – Working
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“Another Suitcase in Another Hall” – Evita
“Bless The Lord” – Godspell
“West End Avenue” – The Magic Show
“No One Cared Like You” – Nunsense II
“Simple” – Nine
“When There’s No One” – Carrie
“Endless Night” – The Lion King
“I Want to Make Magic” – Fame
“Things I Learned in High School” – Is There Life After High School?
Step 4: Select a monologue
If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Pippin:
• “Actor!” in Audition Monologues for Young Men➝
• “Green Pepper➝” from Cocktails at Pam’s (Estelle)
• “Maybe I’m Wrong” from The Genius➝ (Boy)
• “Well, We Were Doing This➝” from A Chorus Line (Paul)
• “Where Is He?➝” from The Father Clock➝ (Flub)
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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Pippin Song List
Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Pippin, 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.
“Magic to Do” – Leading Player, Fastrada, Berthe, Lewis, Charles, Ensemble
“Corner of the Sky” – Pippin
“War is a Science” – Charles, Pippin, Ensemble
“Glory” – Leading Player, Ensemble
“Simple Joys” – Leading Player
“No Time at All” – Berthe, Ensemble
“With You” – Pippin
“Spread a Little Sunshine” – Fastrada
“Morning Glow” – Pippin, Ensemble
“On the Right Track” – Leading Player, Pippin
“There He Was” – Catherine
“Kind of Woman” – Catherine, Ensemble
“Extraordinary” – Pippin
“Love Song” – Pippin, Catherine
“I Guess I’ll Miss the Man” – Catherine
“Finale” – Leading Player, Fastrada, Pippin, Company
Which of these audition songs for Pippin 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.
* Featured image is by Branko Collin.
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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.
6 thoughts on “The Best Audition Songs for Pippin – by Character”
Could you add some male songs for Leading Player? Thanks!
Yes! Great idea! I’ll get right on it. Thanks for the request. 🙂
What would a good song be to audition with for the roles of Fastrada, Berthe and Catherine?
Hey Antoinette! Great question. You’ll find some audition song suggestions above for all three of those roles. But since you do still need to narrow it down from there, I would suggest first figuring out which character you most identify with – personally and vocal-wise. And from there, go through and try out each and every audition song suggestion for that role in order to see which feels like the best fit for your voice. This would be a great place to start, and I hope it helps!
What about for Lewis ?
Hi Nick! Good call. I just added a few initial ideas for Lewis, and I’ll keep my ear out for other ideas this week too. 🙂