The Best Audition Songs for South Pacific – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for South Pacific? 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 South Pacific, broken down by character.

Since South Pacific is a golden age musical, most of the following songs are from golden age/post-golden age musicals as well. In addition, there is a classic/timeless 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 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 “South Pacific 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 synopsis or libretto➝ while listening to the South Pacific 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.


Bloody Mary

Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home” – St. Louis Woman

Cry Like the Wind” – Do Re Mi

I Never Has Seen Snow” – House of Flowers

Lazy Afternoon” – The Golden Apple


Emile de Becque

A Fellow Needs a Girl” – Allegro

I’ll Never Say No” – The Unsinkable Molly Brown

She’s My Love” – Carnival!

The Highest Judge of All” – Carousel


Jerome/Ngana

* Since these two only speak French, it would be beneficial to sing one of the following in French!

The Perfect Nanny” – Mary Poppins   French Version | French Lyrics

Truly Scrumptious” – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang   French Version

Where is Love?” – Oliver!   French Version


Lt. Joseph Cable

Her Face” – Carnival!

Restless Heart” – Fanny

You Are Never Away” – Allegro

Young and Foolish” – Plain and Fancy


Nellie Forbush

A Little Bit in Love” – Wonderful Town

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

Sweet Thursday” – Pipe Dream

The Gentleman is a Dope” – Allegro


Ensemble (Altos)

Everybody’s Got a Home But Me” – Pipe Dream

I Enjoy Being a Girl” – Flower Drum Song

It’s a Lovely Day Tomorrow” – Louisiana Purchase


Ensemble (Baritones)

Hey There” – The Pajama Game

That’s For Me” – State Fair

The Big Black Giant” – Me and Juliet


Ensemble (Basses)

My Time of Day” – Guys and Dolls

On the Street Where You Live” – My Fair Lady

Welcome Home” – Fanny


Ensemble (Contras)

How Can I Wait?” – Paint Your Wagon

I’ve Still Got My Health” – Panama Hattie

Nobody’s Heart” – By Jupiter


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

I Gotta Crow” – Peter Pan

Love, Look Away” – Flower Drum Song

Something Wonderful” – The King and I


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Come Home” – Allegro

So Far” – Allegro

You’ll Never Walk Alone” – Carousel


Ensemble (Tenors)

Geraniums in the Winder” – Carousel

Old Devil Moon” – Finian’s Rainbow

Shall I Take My Heart” – Goldilocks


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for South Pacific:

• “Nothing But Misfortune” from Poor John➝  (John)

• “Play Memory” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

• “Very Well➝” from Enemies➝  (She)

• “Wilderness of Mirrors” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝

• “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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South Pacific Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in South Pacific, 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:

Dites-Moi” – Ngana, Jerome

A Cockeyed Optimist” – Nellie

“Twin Soliloquies” – Nellie, Emile

Some Enchanted Evening” – Emile

“Bloody Mary” – Ensemble

There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame” – Billis, Ensemble

Bali Hai” – Bloody Mary

“I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” – Nellie, Ensemble

“Some Enchanted Evening (Reprise)” – Emile, Nellie

A Wonderful Guy” – Nellie, Ensemble

“Bali Ha’i (Reprise)” – Ensemble

Younger Than Springtime” – Cable

“A Wonderful Guy (Reprise) / This is How it Feels” – Nellie, Emile


Act 2:

Happy Talk” – Bloody Mary

“Honey Bun” – Nellie, Billis, Ensemble

You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” – Cable

This Nearly Was Mine” – Emile

“Some Enchanted Evening (Reprise)” – Nellie

“Honey Bun (Reprise)” – Company

“Finale” – Nellie, Ngana, Jerome, Emile


Which of these audition songs for South Pacific 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 South Pacific.
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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