Hostage Song

Book by Clay McLeod Chapman. Music & lyrics by Kyle Jarrow.

(2008) Two Americans are bound and blindfolded in a war-torn country. Facing an uncertain fate, they take refuge in music, memory and each other in this unconventional new indie-rock musical. Hostage Song is the new indie-rock musical developed by a powerhouse combo of downtown favorites: playwright and novelist, Clay McLeod Chapman (The Pumpkin Pie Show), Kyle Jarrow (A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant), and director Oliver Butler. HOSTAGE4.jpg Coverage for Hostage Song: “Captive Audience,” Time Out New York, April 2008: “Hostage Rock Musical Resonates Chillingly with Sutherlands,” Denver Post

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“In this season of unlikely musicals, on Broadway and off, Hostage Song may be the oddest of all… The tone of Hostage Song is both blunt and barbed. The show takes some risky comic flights of fancy but mostly plays it straight, telling a grim story with journalistic detail and understated compassion...”
– Charles Isherwood The New York Times

“...A high-decibel romantic comedy with a seriously unnerving edge. Chapman’s delicately rendered scenes flow effortlessly into Jarrow’s songs... It brings a punk aesthetic to a common dilemma: the desire to connect with the most horrific stories of the day”
– The New Yorker