Audition Song Suggestions for The Light the in Piazza – by Character
Written by Leryn Turlington
August 27, 2020
Statues, stories, and 16-bar cuts! Are you yelling, “Aiutami!” over your audition for The Light in the Piazza? Let Performer Stuff’s expert musical theatre audition song coaches find your perfect audition song for the musical theatre sensation! Our recommendations come with links to purchase sheet music or an audition cut found on PerformerStuff.com. For further study, we provide links to listen to audition songs on both Youtube and a Spotify playlist. Break a leg with your audition for The Light in the Piazza, the musical. Be sure to let us know if the audition song worked for you!
Audition song suggestions for the character Margaret Johnson (soprano)
Margaret is a Southerner visiting Florence, Italy, with her adult daughter, Clara. She is refined, confident, and practical. Her maternal love is solid but presents as over-protectiveness because of her strength. She has an emotionally distant husband back in the states, so when her daughter falls in love, she has to challenge her own perception of romance. Margaret is equal parts caring and fearsome.
“To Build A Home” from Bridges of Madison County
“You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel
Audition song suggestions for the character Clara Johnson (coloratura soprano)
Clara is Margaret’s 26-year-old daughter on vacation with her in Florence. She is vivacious, curious, and just as strong-willed as her mother. Despite her age, however, Clara lacks a certain maturity because of an accident in her youth. This does not mean she has lost her faculties, but instead, they are colored with a child’s blunt observational skills, curiosity, and hopefulness. Her view on life and love is refreshing and moving.
“Laurie’s Song” from The Tender Land
“Somebody Somewhere” from The Most Happy Fella
Audition song suggestions for the character Fabrizio Naccarelli (lyric tenor)
Fabrizio is the young Italian man who crosses Clara’s path and consequently pursues her. Although concerned about his status compared to her Southern sophistication, he is otherwise undeterred. He earnestly yearns to be a part of her world, learning her language and treating her with the utmost respect. The two share an adoration, naivete, and sweeping young love with each other. Fabrizio sings and speaks Italian, and has a heavy dialect when speaking English.
“On the Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady
“The Thought of You” from Fanny
Audition song suggestions for the character Franca Naccarelli (soprano)
Guiseppe’s wife Franca, is another strong and nurturing woman in the play. She is expressive with an infectious personality but fears Guiseppe’s faithfulness. She believes their marriage is strained because she has not been able to have a child. Clara and Fabrizio’s love likewise inspires her cynicism towards marriage.
“How Can I Lose You” from Myths and Hymns
“Simple Little Things” from 110 in the Shade
Audition song suggestions for the character Signor Naccarelli (baritone)
Fabrizio’s father and owner of a men’s clothing store in Florence. He is patient, loving, and holds the very Italian belief that family is everything. He is excited by his son’s new romance but worried when he discovers more about Clara. Margaret and Signor eventually find an understanding that crosses cultural boundaries and voice their support for the two lovers.
“Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific
“More I Cannot Wish You” from Guys and Dolls
Audition song suggestions for the character Signora Naccarelli (soprano)
Signora is the bedrock of the Naccarelli family– loving mother to Fabrizio and Guiseppe and intelligent and caring wife to Signor Naccarelli. She is quick-witted and has a sense of humor helpful in handling life’s crises. Signora admittedly does not speak English, but she breaks the fourth wall in “Auitami” to translate her family’s outburst in English with a thick and expressive accent.
“Italian Street Song” from Naughty Marietta
“Almost Real” from Bridges of Madison County
Audition song suggestions for the Ensemble Characters (all vocal types)
Featured roles like Guiseppe Naccarelli, Roy Johnson, a tour guide, a priest, as well as a small singing ensemble. Choose a song from here that suits your voice type!
Audition song suggestions for a Soprano:
“Warm All Over” from The Most Happy Fella
“What Do You Call A Man Like That” from Bridges of Madison County
Audition song suggestions for a Mezzo:
“Cockeyed Optimist” from South Pacific
“How Are Things in Glocca Morra” from Brigadoon
Audition song suggestions for an Alto:
“The Miller’s Son” from A Little Night Music
“So In Love” from Kiss Me Kate
Audition song suggestions for a Tenor:
“No Moon” from Titanic
“A Chance for Me” from Amazing Grace
Audition song suggestions for a Baritone:
“I Won’t Send Roses” from Mack and Mabel
“Long Before I Knew You” from Bells Are Ringing
Listen to a Spotify playlist of audition songs for the musical The Light the in Piazza here:
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