Musical Revue / Cabaret / 3m, 3f
Fugitive Songs is a 19-song journey across America that spotlights people on the run.
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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."
- 2008 DRAMA DESK AWARD NOMINEE FOR OUTSTANDING REVUE!
“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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- Intense Adult Themes
- Strong Language
- Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
- Duration: 90 minutes
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
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.
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
- Multicultural casting
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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