Pantomime Audition Songs for the Male Lead or Principle Boy

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Audition Songs for the male lead in Pantomime
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The male lead in a Pantomime needs to be dishy, daring and a darling! You need to exude charm and charisma.

The types of roles we are talking about are Prince Charming or Aladdin, you could be the hero or if its more of a female led Panto then you will be the object of affection for the hero, the eye candy!

The song you need to sing probably should be upbeat, slightly romantic and manly!
  • “Don’t Stop Believin’” is an eighties rock song from the band Journey, which has recently become famous again thanks to its appearances in Family Guy, Rock of Ages and most importantly Glee.
    The song is probably a bit overdone nowadays, but Panto is all about what’s popular – so it makes a great audition song for a male lead.
    The song is a typical ‘panto story’, perfect for Aladdin or Dick Whittington – a city boy and small town girl hit the mean streets in search of fame and fortune and a meaning and they never stop believing in themselves!
    Sing the song with an upbeat energy and with wide eyed innocent self belief, and enjoy it!
  • Honk! is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling, incorporating a message of tolerance. The book and lyrics are by Anthony Drewe and music is by George Stiles.
    Ugly, the Ugly Duckling, has been seperated from his family and is learning who he is out on his own in the big bad world. He has met Penny a swan, who reconsing Ugly as a swan has asked him to fly away with her. As she flies away Ugly realises he is in love with her and sings ‘Now That I’ve Seen You’
    It is a great song, really sweet and perfect for a character actor who has a great voice. It is high energy and shows off both acting and singing skills.
  • “Make Them Hear You” is a song from the musical Ragtime by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty. The musical tells them story of three groups in the USA in the early 20th century. African Americans, Upper class suburbanites, and Eastern European immigrants.
    “Make Them Hear You” is sung at the end of the musical by Coalhouse Walker a Harlem musician as he convinces society that violence will never solve injustice and that people need to use the power of their words to change society, especially by passing on the message to your children.
    The song is a stirring and beautiful song, full of power and emotion. It works with a strong voice and needs to be sung with truth and passion.
  • Haven’t Met You Yet is a song from MIchael Buble’s album Crazy Love released in 2009. According to Bublé, the single and its official music video are “about everyone’s dream of finding a relationship and love.”
    The song is upbeat, romantic and fun. You can have a lot of fun singing this and it really is a perfect song for an audition.
    Act it with bags of sincerity but remember to keep some of that wide-eyed optimism which keeps it in the realm of Panto!
  • “That’s Amore” is a 1952 song which became a major hit and signature song for Dean Martin. Amore (pronounced ah-MOR-eh) means “love” in Italian. The song missed out on the Oscar that year to ‘Secret Love’ from Calamity Jane.
    The song needs to be delivered with relish and really let yourself indulge in the cheesy factor of the song. Delight in the lyrics and the romance.
    Find you inner Italian lothario and enjoy yourself! Who couldn’t enjoy a song with the lyrics “When the stars make you drool just like a pasta fazool – That’s amore”
  • I know a lot of casting directors advise against singing a Sondheim song for a casting, they can be so difficult to get right and so overdone. However if you are auditioning for a romantic lead then Johanna could be the perfect ballad for you.
    The story of Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 musical thriller tells the tale of Sweeney Todd a criminal with his sights firmly set on vengeance, who teams up with a pie maker and opens a barber shop on Fleet St. Here he slits his customers throats and their bodies are baked into pies.
    The song Johanna is sung by the young sailor Anthony. He has fallen in love with a girl he has seen singing in her window. In the song he sings of how he swears to rescue her from her vile captors.
  • The Slipper and the Rose is a 1976 British musical film retelling the classic fairy tale of Cinderella.
    What could make a better audition song to play Prince Charming than a song sung by Prince Charming himself!
    ‘She (He) Danced With Me’ is a song sung by both Prince and Cinders when she has had to run away from the ball. When watching the video head to about 2 mins in for the male half of the song.
Remember to have fun and have some freedom to be larger than life! It is for Panto! …. oh no it isn’t …. oh, yes it is!!