The Best Audition Songs for The King and I – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for The King and I? 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 King and I, broken down by character.

Since The King and I is a golden age musical, the following songs are from golden age/post-golden age musicals as well. In addition, there is a classic 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 “The King and I 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 The King and I 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.


Anna Leonowens

Before I Gaze at You Again” – Camelot

I Have Confidence” – The Sound of Music

I Loved You Once in Silence” – Camelot

The Lusty Month of May” – Camelot


Lady Thiang

The Simple Joys of Maidenhood” – Camelot

There’s Music in You” – Cinderella

What Good Would the Moon Be?” – Street Scene

You’ll Never Walk Alone” – Carousel


Lun Tha

Geraniums in the Winder” – Carousel

Like a God” – Flower Drum Song

Younger Than Springtime” – South Pacific

You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” – South Pacific


The King of Siam

Camelot” – Camelot

Edelweiss” – The Sound of Music

I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight” – Camelot

Welcome Home” – Fanny


Tuptim

Follow Me” – Camelot

Goodnight My Someone” – The Music Man

No Other Love” – Me and Juliet

Somebody, Somewhere” – The Most Happy Fella


Ensemble (Altos)

I Am Going to Like It Here” – Flower Drum Song

I Enjoy Being a Girl” – Flower Drum Song

The Love of My Life” – Brigadoon


Ensemble (Baritones)

If Ever I Would Leave You” – Camelot

Never Will I Marry” – Greenwillow

You Are Never Away” – Allegro


Ensemble (Basses)

How to Handle a Woman” – Camelot

I’m an Ordinary Man” – My Fair Lady

The Seven Deadly Virtues” – Camelot


Ensemble (Contras)

Let Me Sing and I’m Happy” – White Christmas

Never Never Land” – Peter Pan

Tender Shepherd” – Peter Pan


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Ensemble (Mezzos)

Cry Like the Wind” – Do Re Mi

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

Love, Look Away” – Flower Drum Song


Ensemble (Sopranos)

I Could Have Danced All Night” – My Fair Lady

Out of My Dreams” – Oklahoma!

The Sound of Music” – The Sound of Music


Ensemble (Tenors)

Come to Me, Bend to Me” – Brigadoon

Lonely House” – Street Scene

Many Moons Ago” – Once Upon a Mattress


Ensemble (Trebles/Children)

Dites-Moi” – South Pacific

My Best Girl” – Mame

Where is Love?” – Oliver!


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The King and I:

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

• “Good Heavens!➝” from The Pretentious Young Ladies➝  (Madelon)

• “How Strange Everything Is➝” from The Three Sisters➝  (Vershinin)

• “My Opinion” from Paul Pry➝  (Oldbutton)

• “The Ideal Man!” from A Woman of No Importance➝  (Mrs. Allonby)


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 King and I Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in The King and I, 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:

I Whistle a Happy Tune” – Anna, Louis

My Lord and Master” – Tuptim

Hello, Young Lovers” – Anna

A Puzzlement” – King

“The Royal Bangkok Academy” – Anna, Children, Ensemble

Getting to Know You” – Anna, Children, Ensemble

We Kiss in a Shadow” – Tuptim, Lun Tha

“A Puzzlement (Reprise)” – Louis, Prince Chulalongkorn

Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?” – Anna

Something Wonderful” – Lady Thiang

“Buddhist Prayer” – King, Company


Act 2:

“Western People Funny” – Lady Thiang, Ensemble

“I Have Dreamed” – Tuptim, Lun Tha

“Hello, Young Lovers (Reprise)” – Anna

“The Small House of Uncle Thomas” – Tuptim, Ensemble

“Song of the King” – King, Anna

“Shall We Dance?” – Anna, King

“I Whistle a Happy Tune (Reprise)/Finale” – Anna


Which of these audition songs for The King and I 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 King and I.
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.


• “My Opinion” from Paul Pry  (Oldbutton)

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