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Fugitive Songs - Musical Revue / Cabaret

Fugitive Songs

Chris Miller, Nathan Tysen

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Musical Revue / Cabaret

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573703836

Music by Chris Miller
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen

Fugitive Songs is a 19-song journey across America that spotlights people on the run.

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Description

Musical Revue / Cabaret

90 minutes

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

No intermission

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language

TAGS

Love, Memory

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

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." 

REVIEWS

“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



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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.
Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting

CASTING NOTES


Fugitive Songs can be staged as a cabaret, concert, dance piece, or traditional musical. Directors and choreographers are encouraged to make the piece their own: the more
imaginative the storytelling, the better. Stage directions should be read merely as suggestions. Although the show was initially conceived for a cast of six, there are several
ways of expanding the cast: each solo can be performed by a different actor, and vocal parts can be doubled/tripled in group numbers.

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

GAVIN - (20-30) Lonely man suddenly inspired to travel cross country, capturing photographs of a world he never thought he’d see. Eventually finds new love with
Barrett. Rock/pop Tenor, up to a G.
MATT - (20s) Cynical young man coming to terms with adulthood. Hits the road by bike and car. Holds up a gas station against his will, eventually lands a minimum wage
job at a fast food chain. Rock/pop Tenor, up to a G.
JOSHUA - (20-40) Bar stool philosopher. Moves to NYC for a girl right before she dumps him. After stumbling across America, he vows to be a voice of positive change.
Rock/Pop Bari-tenor, up to a G.
ALYSHA - (30-40) Finds herself continually trapped in stagnant relationships, but fears growing old alone. Dreams of being kidnapped like Patty Hearst. Strong belt, up to a D,
good mix above that.
KAREN - (20s) Spurned young woman, sassy, beautiful, with the whole world ahead of her. Chases her boyfriend through the woods after he misses her birthday. Strong belt up to a D, good mix above that.
BARRETT - (20s) An old soul with a strong connection to nature. She ends up walking across the country eventually finding new love with Gavin. Strong belt, up to a D, good
mix above that.
Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Pop/Rock, Country/Western, Folk

VOCAL DEMANDS

Difficult

7 Piano / Vocal Scores

Violin
Bass
Electric Guitar
Acoustic Guitar
Drums
Song Samples

Reasons to Run

Getting There

Annie's Party

Don't Say Me

Washington Heights

Subway Song

Break a Branch

Kansas Highway Sky

Passing Tracy

Lost

Poor Little Patty

Lullaby

Wilson

Spring Cleaning

Shine

Wildflowers

Growing Up

I Could Go Back

One of These Nights

Videos
  • Album release - "Reasons to Run"

  • Karen Olivo - "Annie's Party"

  • Album release - "Kansas Highway"

  • Barrett Wilbert Weed - "Lost"

  • Andrew Keenan Bolger - "Growing Up"

  • Umphress & Wilbert Weed - "Poor Little Patty"

  • Chris Miller - "Getting There"

  • Miller and Tysen discuss FUGITIVE SONGS

Author(s)
Chris Miller

Chris Miller

With Nathan Tysen, the musical The Burnt Part Boys, (Mariana Elder, Book), which had an extended, sold out run at Barrington Stage Company in Summer 2006. The Burnt Part Boys was presented in a lab production at the Vineyard Theatre (May 2009), a production at New York Stage & Film (Summer ’09), & completed a co-production with the Vineyard Theatre at Playwrights Horizons in May 2010; the ... view full profile

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Nathan Tysen

Nathan Tysen

Nathan Tysen is a Brooklyn-based songwriter and performer. Musical theatre work with composer Chris Miller includes lyrics for The Burnt Part Boys (2009 Lucille Lortel Nomination for Best New Musical), and Fugitive Songs (2008 Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Revue), both of which have cast albums available on Yellow Sound Label. Current projects include lyrics for ... view full profile

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