Heroes, Villains + Beasts: The Best Disney Audition Songs for Men

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When you think of Disney ballads, your mind may automatically jump to songs traditionally sung by female performers, like “Colors of the Wind” and “Let It Go”—but the family classics also have tons of fantastic tryout material for men. See if you can feel the love (tonight) for these great Disney songs sung by male performers.

“Bare Necessities,” from “The Jungle Book” (1967)

Looking for something a little upbeat and fun? This classic from “The Jungle Book” stands the test of time and allows your personality to come through in the audition room.

“Gaston,” from “Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

Surely one of the most memorable songs from one of the most memorable Disney films, “Gaston” is sung by LeFou, Gaston’s bumbling little sidekick. It’s quick and humorous and has plenty of great verses for you to make your own in the audition room.

 

“Jack’s Lament,” from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993)

“Jack’s Lament” is a great audition song for someone wanting to show he can play interesting characters. You can both speak and sing parts, showing a different kind of range—not just vocal. Plus, you get to watch one of Tim Burton’s classic films again as character research. Win!

Fun fact: The song was originally sung by the film’s composer, Danny Elfman.

“Be Prepared,” from “The Lion King” (1994)

This song from the villainous Scar is another one that calls for powerful vocals. It’s also a great one if your voice is a little raspy. It’s a high-energy number, so be prepared to keep it up the whole way through if you choose this one.

“If I Never Knew You,” from “Pocahontas” (1995)

Though this is a duet between John Smith and Pocahontas, there are plenty of beautiful bars to single out for an audition. Channel your own experiences of love and loss and sing your heart out.

“Hellfire,” from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996)

Originally sung by British actor Tony Jay, this villainous ballad is outrageously powerful and calls for a performer with real vocal stamina. Just try singing a few bars and you’ll understand!

“Everything That I Am,” from “Tarzan: The Musical” (2006)

This Broadway musical might not have been a complete smash, closing just after a yearlong run, but it did give us this emotional Phil Collins’ ditty. Take one listen and you’ll want to belt it out in front of CDs, producers, directors—heck, everyone.

“In Summer,” from “Frozen” (2013)

Summon your best Olaf (Josh Gad) and really let your goofy side loose with this upbeat comical—if ironic—ballad. Extra points if you use body language to act as though you’re melting.

“Remember Me,” from “Coco” (2017)

This bolero-rancho makes for a good Disney song for male performers due to its emotional depth and transition from a nostalgic lullaby to a powerful, heartfelt number. Use its portrayal of the connections between family, music, and memory to move your audience.

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