Musical Revue / Cabaret
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
Settings Of Play -
A collection of confined spaces that eventually open up to the open road.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Bare Stage/Simple Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
2008 DRAMA DESK AWARD NOMINEE FOR OUTSTANDING REVUE!
Award-winning songwriters, Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen's Fugitive Songs is a 19-song journey across America, featuring a multi-ethnic ensemble (3 men, 3 women) between the ages of 20 and 40. This innovative song cycle, conceived as half-musical/half-hootenanny, spotlights people on the run: a disgruntled Subway sandwich employee, a jilted ex-cheerleader, a pair of Patty Hearst fanatics, a stoner forced to rob a convenience store against his will, and many others.
Blending traditional folk music with contemporary pop and gospel, Fugitive Songs offers a new sound for a restless America. This eclectic score provides exceptional material for a wide range of experienced singers, and delivers poignant and thought-provoking lyrics that capture each character's "reasons to run."
“A powerful yearning weaves through the tunes that make up Fugitive Songs, a song cycle tailored to anyone who has ever thought of shucking his job, his mate or his life to
start anew.” - Variety, Read More
“Fugitive Songs is a fluid song cycle that centers on the theme of flight: specifically, running away … from home, from lovers, from troubles, from whatever. The show,
therefore, has a picaresque quality akin to a modern musical rendition of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.” - Talkin' Broadway, The Siegel Column
“The show is an excellent showcase for the five golden-voiced actors who bring its songs to life. But the real stars of Fugitive Songs are Miller and Tysen, who have created a
tuneful, genuinely evocative score. Miller’s music features soaring harmonies with elements of folk rock, bluegrass and old-fashioned theatre music, and is backed up by a
piano and terrific four-piece band. Tysen’s lyrics have moments of real wit and walk the line between rock and theatre with ease.” - Curtain Up, Read More
"Some of the songs are upbeat and funny and some are melancholic. But what makes FUGITIVE SONGS work is the beautiful marriage of well-crafted songs and the harmonious vocals of [the] actors." - Broadway World, Read More
"During several of the songs I found myself thinking, wow I could listen to this for days. DAYS!" - Columbus Underground, Read More
RELATED ARTICLE ON BREAKING CHARACTER
Songwriters Miller and Tysen win $50,000 Fred Ebb Awardby Courtney KochubaNovember 21, 2014
Fugitive Songs was originally produced by Dreamlight Theatre Company, NYC. Fugitive Songs opened March 9, 2008 at the 45th St. Theater, NYC. It was directed by Joe Calarco with musical direction by Justin Mendoza.