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Fugitive Songs will make you want to hit the open road

A road stretches into the distance between a landscape of rolling, barren hills with a brownish-brass color, under a hazy sky. There are no vehicles or people in sight, just an open road inviting travel through this serene, open terrain.
Lyric Opera @ Illinois

Hit the road with the Lyric Theatre @ Illinois’ program’s Fugitive Songs, where every note is a mile, and every lyric is a landscape. Under the direction of voice professor Sarah Wigley, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign stages are transforming into pit stops of poignant tales of wanderlust. The show’s vibe is a medley of genres — folk, pop, country, and blues — each capturing the essence of youthful yearning and the crossroads of change. Imagine a cast of characters, from minimum-wage dreamers to heartbroken no-shows, all voiced through songs that resonate with anyone who’s ever felt the pull of a better life elsewhere.

The simplicity of the staging — just stools and microphones — belies the complexity of the performance, with vocals stretching from jazz to R&B, demanding versatility and raw emotion. With venues like the cozy Rose Bowl Tavern, the Canopy Club, and the prestigious Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the show promises an intimate feel with the thrill of spontaneity. As Fugitive Songs travels from stage to stage, the audience tours right along with the performers, inviting you to explore the wanderlust in your heart for the price of a piece of cherry pie at a roadside diner. Celebrate the journey as much as the destination by grabbing a ticket or a seat at one of the three venues and soak in the longing and adventure.

Fugitive Songs by The Lyric Theater @Illinois
Rose Bowl Tavern
106 N Race St
F Apr 6th, 3 p.m.
$10 to $15

The Canopy Club
708 S Goodwin Ave
Sa Apr 13th, 7:30 p.m.
$10 to $15

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
500 S Goodwin Ave
Th Apr 25th, 5 p.m.

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