The Capeman is a musical play written by Paul Simon and Derek Walcott based on the life of Salvador Agron. The play opened in 1998 to poor reviews and had an initial run of less than three months. The music is a blend of doo-wop, gospel, and latin music. It received a Tony award nomination for Best Original Score.
The show famously cost $11 million to produce, taking almost a decade to reach the stage after its conception in 1989. The production was hampered by last-minute rewrites that pushed the opening date from January 8 to January 29, and protests at the controversial narrative subject matter.
Paul Simon's studio album Songs From the Capeman is a selection of songs from The Capeman performed by Simon with occasional appearances from the original cast. An original cast recording of the complete soundtrack to the show was recorded, but never released on CD. (It was released in its entirety via iTunes.)