The Best Audition Songs for The Hunchback of Notre Dame – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for The Hunchback of Notre Dame? 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 The Hunchback of Notre Dame, broken down by character.

Since The Hunchback of Notre Dame originally premiered in 1999, the songs below are from musicals between 1990-2016. In addition, there are lots of dark, playful, and Disneyesque vibes included 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 “Hunchback of Notre Dame 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 The Hunchback of Notre Dame 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.


Captain Phoebus de Martin

Still” – Anastasia

Testimony” – Amazing Grace

The Life That You Wished For” – Chaplin

Where Are All the People?” – Chaplin


Claude Frollo

Be Prepared” – The Lion King

Diamond in the Rough” – Aladdin

Falcon in the Dive” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

Nowhere Left to Run” – Amazing Grace


Clopin Trouillefou

Barrett’s Song” – Titanic

Human Sacrifice” – Stephen Ward

In Every Age” – Titanic

Into the Fire” – The Scarlet Pimpernel


Esmeralda

A Change in Me” – Beauty and the Beast

Home” – Beauty and the Beast

Sympathy, Tenderness” – Jekyll & Hyde

The Sea of Life” – The Pirate Queen


Quasimodo

Live With Somebody You Love” – Martin Guerre

The Longer I Live” – Dracula

This is the Moment” – Jekyll & Hyde

Why Does She Love Me?” – Love Never Dies


Ensemble (Altos)

Once More I Can See” – Wonderland

Once Upon a December” – Anastasia

With One Look” – Sunset Boulevard


Ensemble (Baritones)

Everything to Win” – Anastasia

In a Crowd of Thousands” – Anastasia  [Dmitry’s part]

One Step Closer” – The Little Mermaid


Ensemble (Basses)

How Long Must This Go On?” – Beauty and the Beast

If I Can’t Love Her” – Beauty and the Beast

They Live in You” – The Lion King


Ensemble (Contras)

As If We Never Said Goodbye” – Sunset Boulevard

Out of Sight, Out of Mind” – A Tale of Two Cities

Woman” – The Pirate Queen


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

A New Life” – Jekyll & Hyde

Sylvia’s Lullaby” – Finding Neverland

These Palace Walls” – Aladdin


Ensemble (Sopranos)

How Could I Ever Know?” – The Secret Garden

My True Love” – Phantom

The Light in the Piazza” – The Light in the Piazza


Ensemble (Tenors)

Before the Summer Ends” – Dracula

Endless Night” – The Lion King

Proud of Your Boy” – Aladdin


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Hunchback of Notre Dame:

• “Aguinaldo: Mark Twain in Purgatory” in Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s➝

• “Do You Know➝” from The Cradle Song➝

• “Going Mad➝” from Always Ridiculous➝

• “I Trust No Man➝” from Danton➝  (Robespierre)

• “Ismene” in The Best Men’s Monologues from New Plays, 2019➝


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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The Hunchback of Notre Dame Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 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 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:

“Olim” – Ensemble

“Bells of Notre Dame” – Company

“Sanctuary” – Frollo

“Sanctuary II” – Frollo, Quasimodo

“Out There” – Frollo, Quasimodo

“Topsy Turvy (Part 1)” – Clopin, Quasimodo, Company

Rest and Recreation” – Phoebus, Ensemble

“Rest and Recreation II” – Frollo, Phoebus

“Topsy Turvy (Part 2)” – Clopin, Company

“Rhythm of the Tambourine” – Esmeralda, Clopin, Phoebus, Frollo, Quasimodo

“Bells of Notre Dame II” – Esmeralda, Ensemble

God Help the Outcasts” – Esmeralda, Ensemble

“Top of the World” – Quasimodo, Esmeralda, Ensemble

“Tavern Song (Thai Mol Piyas)” – Clopin, Ensemble

Heaven’s Light” – Quasimodo

Hellfire” – Frollo, Ensemble

“Esmeralda” – Frollo, Phoebus, Quasimodo, Company


Act 2:

“Entr’acte” – Ensemble

“Flight Into Egypt” – Quasimodo, Saint Aphrodisius, Ensemble

The Court of Miracles” – Clopin, Ensemble

“In a Place of Miracles” – Phoebus, Esmeralda, Quasimodo, Clopin, Ensemble

“Justice in Paris” – Ensemble

Someday” – Esmeralda, Phoebus

“While the City Slumbered” – Ensemble

Made of Stone” – Quasimodo, Ensemble

“Finale” – Company


Which of these Hunchback of Notre Dame audition songs 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 The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
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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