The Best Audition Songs for The Light in the Piazza – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for The Light in the Piazza? 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 Light in the Piazza, broken down by character.

Since The Light in the Piazza is a contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary shows as well. In addition, there are lots of legit and classical styles 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 Light in the Piazza 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 while listening to the The Light in the Piazza 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.


Clara Johnson

How Will I Know?” – Death Takes a Holiday

No One Else” – The Great Comet

Once Upon Another Time” – Love Never Dies

Who Is This Man?” – Death Takes a Holiday


Fabrizio Naccarelli

* Be prepared to sing with an Italian accent if asked

Before the Summer Ends” – Dracula

Evermore Without You” – The Woman in White

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

Til I Hear You Sing” – Love Never Dies


Franca Naccarelli

* Be prepared to sing with an Italian accent if asked

Almost Real” – The Bridges of Madison County

Look With Your Heart” – Love Never Dies

To Build a Home” – The Bridges of Madison County

What Do You Call a Man Like That?” – The Bridges of Madison County


Margaret Johnson

Around the World” – Grey Gardens

Losing Roberto” – Death Takes a Holiday

Pink” – War Paint

Will You?” – Grey Gardens


Signor Naccarelli

* Be prepared to sing with an Italian accent if asked

I Can’t Recall” – A Tale of Two Cities

I Was Here” – The Glorious Ones

The Man I Used to Be” – The Count of Monte Cristo


Ensemble (Altos)

Another Winter in a Summer Town” – Grey Gardens

The Face I See” – Marguerite

When the Music Played” – Doctor Zhivago


Ensemble (Baritones)

Centuries” – Death Takes a Holiday

I Thought That I Could Live” – Death Takes a Holiday

Why Does She Love Me?” – Love Never Dies


Ensemble (Basses)

Temporarily Lost” – The Bridges of Madison County

The Great Comet of 1812” – The Great Comet

The Longer I Live” – Dracula


Ensemble (Contras)

Adela” – Bernarda Alba

How Did I Get to Where I Am?” – Marguerite

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


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


Ensemble (Mezzos)

I Hardly Remember” – Alphabet City Cycle

Starlight” – Rosie

Sunday Light” – Alphabet City Cycle


Ensemble (Sopranos)

Love Never Dies” – Love Never Dies

The Sea of Life” – The Pirate Queen

Tuesdays, Thursdays” – Far from Heaven


Ensemble (Tenors)

I Never Knew” – Far from Heaven

Only You, Lonely You” – Cinderella

Reflection” – A Tale of Two Cities


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for The Light in the Piazza:

• “Fun House Mirror” in Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s➝

• “I Can’t Trust Anything➝” from Watson Intelligence  (Eliza)

• “It’s Best➝” from Elsewhere➝

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

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


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 Light in the Piazza Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in The Light in the Piazza, 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:

“Statues and Stories” – Margaret, Clara

“The Beauty Is” – Clara

Il Mondo Era Vuoto” – Fabrizio

“Passeggiata” – Fabrizio, Clara

“The Joy You Feel” – Franca

Dividing Day” – Margaret

“Hysteria” – Clara, Margaret

“Say It Somehow” – Clara, Fabrizio


Act 2:

“Aiutami” – Fabrizio, Giuseppe, Signor, Franca

The Light in the Piazza” – Clara

“Octet” – Company

“The Beauty Is (Reprise)” – Margaret

“Let’s Walk” – Signor, Margaret

Love to Me” – Fabrizio

“Fable” – Margaret


Which of these audition songs for The Light in the Piazza 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 Light in the Piazza.
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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