New York City Center Encores! Off-Center production of RUNAWAYS. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Free Encore Performance of RUNAWAYS

By Elizabeth Swado 
Directed by Sam Pinkleton
Choreographed by Ani Taj
Creative Adviser Jeanine Tesori

8:00PM Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Delacorte Theater in Central Park

In 1977, Elizabeth Swados approached Joe Papp about creating a new show made with, and about runaway youths of New York City-a group too often ignored and underestimated. Her musical would bring to life a powerful story of hope, loneliness, and humor among young people searching to find themselves. A champion of untold tales, Joe immediately commissioned the show and RUNAWAYS premiered at The Public in February 1978 before transferring to Broadway in May of the same year. The much-celebrated production went on to become a pillar of the musical theater canon and helped cement Swados as a visionary director and a legendary force in American musical theater.

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This production was initially produced by New York City Center’s Encores! Off-Center in July 2016.

Runaways is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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Seat Reservation

$250 ($250 Charitable Donation)

For a donation of $250, you can reserve seat for this FREE Encore Performance of RUNAWAYS on June 12. 

Availibility is limited.

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  • Examples: John & Jane Smith Donations of $500 or more received by May 11th will be recognized in the Gala program.