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. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Pippin 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 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.


Berthe

I’m Still Here” – Follies

Rookie in the Ring” – My Favorite Year

Say Yes” – 70, Girls, 70

We Can Make It” – The Rink


Catherine

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


Charlemagne (Charles)

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


Fastrada

A Call From the Vatican” – Nine

Bring on the Men” – Jekyll and Hyde

Nobody Does It Like Me” – Seesaw

Turn Back, O Man” – Godspell


Leading Player

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


Lewis

All Good Gifts” – Godspell

Proud Lady” – The Baker’s Wife

Starlight Express” – Starlight Express

The Only Home I Know” – Shenandoah


Pippin

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


Ensemble (Altos)

Day by Day” – Godspell

Let’s Play a Love Scene” – Fame

The Spark of Creation” – Children of Eden


Ensemble (Baritones)

Just One Person” – Snoopy!!!

The Kid Inside” – Is There Life After High School?

The Mason” – Working


Ensemble (Basses)

Mama, a Rainbow” – Minnie’s Boys

Pilate’s Dream” – Jesus Christ Superstar

Slide Some Oil To Me” – The Wiz


Ensemble (Contras)

Believe in Yourself” – The Wiz

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

Nobody Tells Me How” – Working


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

Another Suitcase in Another Hall” – Evita

Bless The Lord” – Godspell

West End Avenue” – The Magic Show


Ensemble (Sopranos)

No One Cared Like You” – Nunsense II

Simple” – Nine

When There’s No One” – Carrie


Ensemble (Tenors)

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.


Act 1:

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


Act 2:

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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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for Pippin.
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

  • December 13, 2019 at 4:08 pm
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    What would a good song be to audition with for the roles of Fastrada, Berthe and Catherine?

    • December 14, 2019 at 6:03 pm
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      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!

    • January 28, 2020 at 1:52 am
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      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. 🙂

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