The Best Audition Songs for The Lion King – by Character

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

Since The Lion King is a 1990s musical adaptation of the Disney film, the songs below are from the 1980s-2010s. In addition, there are lots of contemporary pop/rock, R&B, and gospel songs below since this is often requested at The Lion King casting calls.


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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 (in the case of the Disney auditions for The Lion King, they often request R&B, pop, rock, or gospel). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call. And as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Lion King 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 Lion King 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.


Mufasa

And So It Goes” – Billy Joel  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

Make Them Hear You” – Ragtime

The Ship Song” – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds  [90s pop/non-musical theatre]

Wheels of a Dream” – Ragtime


Nala

Burden Down” – Jennifer Hudson  [R&B/non-musical theatre]

Easy as Life” – Aida

The Past Is Another Land” – Aida

Too Beautiful for Words” – The Color Purple


Pumbaa

If I Didn’t Have You” – Monsters Inc.

Never Ever Getting Rid of Me” – Waitress

Reindeers are Better Than People” – Frozen

You Can’t Trust a Man” – Tuck Everlasting


Rafiki

God Help The Outcasts” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Twelve Children” – Dessa Rose

When You Believe” – Whitney Houston  [90s pop/non-musical theatre]

White Milk & Red Blood” – Dessa Rose


Scar

Diamond in the Rough” – Aladdin

Friends on the Other Side” – Princess and the Frog [non-musical theatre]

Hellfire” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Nowhere Left to Run” – Amazing Grace


Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed

Mystify” – INXS  [80s rock/non-musical theatre]

Play With Your Food” – Honk!

Sweet Child” – The Little Mermaid

When I Climb to the Top of Mount Rock” – School of Rock


Simba

Before the Summer Ends” – Dracula

Everyday” – Phil Collins  [90s pop/non-musical theatre]

Hello” – Lionel Richie  [80s pop/non-musical theatre]

You’ll Be in My Heart” – Tarzan


Timon

How Lucky You Are” – Seussical

Positoovity” – The Little Mermaid

Dancing On My Own“- Calum Scott  [pop/non-musical theatre]

The Moon and Me” – The Addams Family


Young Nala / Young Simba

It’s Possible” – Seussical

Opportunity” – Annie  [2014 film]

Think Positive” – Willy Wonka

Waiting for Life” – Once on This Island


Zazu

Expectations” – Amazing Grace

I Know Him” – Hamilton

If I Left London” – Chaplin

Sennett Song” – Chaplin


Ensemble (Altos)

Every Story is a Love Story” – Aida

Forever Yours” – Once on This Island

I’m Here” – The Color Purple


Ensemble (Baritones/Basses)

Heaven’s Light” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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

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


Ensemble (Contras)

Amen” – Andra Day  [R&B/non-musical theatre]

Daybreak” – Amazing Grace

Writing’s On the Wall” – Sam Smith  [R&B/pop/non-musical theatre]


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


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Come Down from the Tree” – Once on This Island

Rise Up” – Andra Day  [R&B/soul/non-musical theatre]

The Human Heart” – Once on This Island


Ensemble (Tenors)

Arabian Nights” – Aladdin

Proud of Your Boy” – Aladdin

River Jordan” – The Civil War


Step 4: Select a monologue

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

• “Heir Apparently Not” in Kids’ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny➝

• “I Intend to Be a Queen➝” from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown  (Lucy)

• “Living Large” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “Loyalty” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “Mother Moon➝” from Fading Joy➝  (Joy)


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 Lion King Song List

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

Circle of Life” – Rafiki, Ensemble

“Grasslands Chant” – Ensemble

The Morning Report” – Zazu, Mufasa, Young Simba

“The Lioness Hunt” – Lionesses

“I Just Can’t Wait to be King” – Young Simba, Young Nala, Zazu, Ensemble

“Chow Down” – Shenzi, Banzai, Ed

They Live in You” – Mufasa, Ensemble

Be Prepared” – Scar, Shenzi, Banzai, Ed

“The Stampede” – Ensemble

“Rafiki Mourns” – Rafiki, Ensemble

“Hakuna Matata” – Timon, Pumba, Young Simba, Simba


Act 2:

“One by One” – Ensemble

“The Madness of King Scar” – Scar, Zazu, Shenzi, Banzai, Ed, Nala

Shadowland” – Nala, Ensemble

Endless Night” – Simba, Ensemble

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” – Timon, Pumba, Simba, Nala, Ensemble

He Lives in You (Reprise)” – Rafiki, Simba, Ensemble

“King of Pride Rock / Circle of Life” – Ensemble


Which of these audition songs for The Lion King 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 Lion King.
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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