Fugitive Songs

by  Chris Miller, Nathan Tysen

Musical Revue / Cabaret  /  3m, 3f

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

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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." 
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“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


Songwriters Miller and Tysen win $50,000 Fred Ebb Award
by Courtney Kochuba
November 21, 2014


  • 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
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Love, Memory


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

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  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    A collection of confined spaces that eventually open up to the open road.

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock, Country/Western, Folk
  • Vocal Demands: Difficult
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

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
Poor Little Patty
Spring Cleaning
Growing Up
I Could Go Back
One of These Nights


3m, 3f
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.
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Cast 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.


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7 Piano / Vocal Scores

Electric Guitar
Acoustic Guitar

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Chris Miller

Chris Miller (Composer): Tuck Everlasting (Broadway 2016): The Burnt Part Boys (Playwrights Horizons/Vineyard Theatre, Lucille Lortel Nominee Best Musical 2011); Fugitive Songs (Drama Desk Award Nominee Outstanding Revue 2008; all three of which have cast albums available at itunes and Amazon. The Mysteries of Harris B ...

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Nathan Tysen

NATHAN TYSEN (Lyricist) Broadway: Amélie (with composer and co-lyricist Dan Messé, Drama League nomination), Tuck Everlasting (with composer Chris Miller; Outer Critics & Drama League nominations). Off-Broadway: The Burnt Part Boys (Playwrights Horizons & Vineyard Theatre; Lucille Lortel nomination), Fugitive Songs (Dr ...

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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.

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