The Best Audition Songs for Les Misérables – by Character

Do you have an upcoming audition for Les Misérables? 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 Les Misérables, broken down by character.

Since Les Misérables is a pre-contemporary musical from the 1980s, most of the songs below are from pre-contemporary musicals as well. In addition, there is a dramatic/epic vibe in 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 upbeat, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call.

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 for Les Misérables while listening to the Les Misérables 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.


How Could I Ever Know?” – The Secret Garden

Moonfall” – The Mystery of Edwin Drood

My True Love” – Phantom

Sympathy, Tenderness” – Jekyll & Hyde

When There’s No One” – Carrie


In Every Age” – Titanic

Into the Fire” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

Sunset Boulevard” – Sunset Boulevard

This is the Moment” – Jekyll & Hyde


I Still Believe” – Miss Saigon

I’d Give My Life For You” – Miss Saigon

Now That I’ve Seen Her” – Miss Saigon

The Movie in My Mind” – Miss Saigon

When Will Someone Hear?” – Martin Guerre


As If We Never Said Goodbye” – Sunset Boulevard

How Many Tears?” – Martin Guerre

Maybe” – Miss Saigon

Once Upon a Dream” – Jekyll & Hyde

When I Look at You” – The Scarlet Pimpernel


Consider Yourself” – Oliver!

Giants in the Sky” – Into the Woods

Not While I’m Around” – Sweeney Todd

Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir” – Sweeney Todd


Alive!” – Jekyll & Hyde

Falcon in the Dive” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

Nowhere Left to Run” – Amazing Grace

Where I Want to Be” – Chess

Jean Valjean

A Bit of Earth” – The Secret Garden

A Chance For Me” – Amazing Grace

I’m Martin Guerre” – Martin Guerre

Live With Somebody You Love” – Martin Guerre

Madame Thénardier

It’s a Privilege to Pee” – Urinetown

Little Girls” – Annie

Oom-Pah-Pah” – Oliver!

The Worst Pies in London” – Sweeney Todd

Marius Pontmercy

Close Every Door” – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Johanna” – Sweeney Todd

She’s a Woman” – Kiss of the Spider Woman

Why God Why?” – Miss Saigon

Master Thenardier

If You Want to Die in Bed” – Miss Saigon

Reviewing the Situation” – Oliver!

The American Dream” – Miss Saigon

You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two” – Oliver!

Young Cosette

Getting Tall” – Nine

Once Upon a December” – Anastasia

Round-Shouldered Man” – The Secret Garden

The Girl I Mean to Be” – The Secret Garden

Ensemble (Altos)

Back to Before” – Ragtime

Someone Like You” – Jekyll & Hyde

The Face I See” – Marguerite

Ensemble (Baritones)

Anthem” – Chess

Bui Doi” – Miss Saigon

How Can I Call This Home?” – Parade

Ensemble (Basses)

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

Lost in the Darkness” – Jekyll & Hyde

Where’s the Girl?” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

Ensemble (Contras)

Gifts of Love” – The Baker’s Wife

God Help The Outcasts” – The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Someone Else’s Story” – Chess

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Ensemble (Mezzos)

A New Life” – Jekyll & Hyde

Anything But Lonely” – Aspects of Love

Unexpected Song” – Song and Dance

Ensemble (Sopranos)

I’m Leaving You” – The Life

No One Knows Who I Am” – Jekyll & Hyde

Simple” – Nine

Ensemble (Tenors)

Before the Summer Ends” – Dracula

No Moon” – Titanic

She Was There” – The Scarlet Pimpernel

Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Les Misérables:

• “A Thirteen-Year-Old Maid” in Young Women’s Monologues from Contemporary Plays➝

• “Blue Stockings” in Contemporary Monologues for Teenagers: Female➝

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

• “Les Liasons Dangereuses” in Solo!: The Best Monologues of the 80s – Women➝

• “Personal➝” from Always Ridiculous➝

• “Something Like This” from Call of the Revolution➝

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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Les Misérables Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Les Misérables, 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:

“Work Song” – Javert, Valjean, Ensemble

“Valjean Arrested / Valjean Forgiven” – Valjean, Bishop, Ensemble

“What Have I Done?” – Valjean

“At the End of the Day” – Fantine, Foreman, Valjean, Ensemble

I Dreamed a Dream” – Fantine

“Lovely Ladies” – Fantine, Ensemble

Who Am I?” – Valjean

Come to Me” – Fantine, Valjean

“Confrontation” – Javert, Valjean

Castle on a Cloud” – Young Cosette, Madame Thénardier

Master of the House” – Thénardier, Madame Thénardier, Ensemble

“The Well Scene” – Valjean, Young Cosette

“The Bargain / The Waltz” – Valjean, Thénardier, Madame Thénardier, Young Cosette

Stars” – Javert

“Look Down” – Beggars, Gavroche, Enjolras, Marius, Ensemble

“Red and Black” – Enjolras, Marius, Grantaire, Feuilly, Combeferre, Courfeyrac, Joly, Prouvaire, Lesgles, Gavroche

“Do You Hear the People Sing?” – Enjolras, Combeferre, Feuilly, Ensemble

In My Life” – Cosette, Valjean, Marius, Éponine

“A Heart Full of Love” – Marius, Cosette, Éponine

“The Attack on Rue Plumet” – Thénardier, Éponine, Marius, Valjean, Cosette, Ensemble

“One Day More” – Valjean, Marius, Cosette, Éponine, Enjolras, Javert, Thénardier, Madame Thénardier, Company

Act 2:

“At the Barricade” – Enjolras, Javert, Marius, Éponine, Valjean, Ensemble

On My Own” – Éponine

“Building the Barricade” – Enjolras, Marius, Ensemble

“Javert’s Arrival” – Javert, Enjolras, Gavroche

Little People” – Gavroche, Ensemble

“A Little Fall of Rain” – Éponine, Marius

Drink with Me” – Grantaire, Feuilly, Enjolras, Prouvaire, Joly, Marius

Bring Him Home” – Valjean

Dog Eats Dog” – Thénardier

Javert’s Suicide” – Valjean, Javert

“Turning” – Ensemble

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” – Marius

“Every Day / A Heart Full of Love (Reprise)” – Cosette, Marius, Valjean

“Valjean’s Confession” – Valjean, Marius

“Wedding Chorale” – Marius, Thénardier, Madame Thénardier, Ensemble

“Beggars at the Feast” – Thénardier, Madame Thénardier

“Epilogue” – Valjean, Fantine, Cosette, Marius, Éponine

“Finale” – Company

Which of these audition songs for Les Misérables 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 Les Miserables.
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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