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Watch Scenes From the Public Theater's Runaways Concert

The Elizabeth Swados musical plays two performances at the Delacorte Theater.

The Public Theater has released video from its concert production of Runaways at the Delacorte Theater. The two-night run began on June 11 as the Public's 2018 gala, and will conclude its run tonight.

Created by Elizabeth Swados in 1978, Runaways is directed by Sam Pinkleton, with choreography by Ani Taj and creative advisement by Jeanine Tesori. This production had its premiere in June 2016 as part of New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center series.


Examining the lives of children who run away from home and live on the streets, the work was inspired by interviews Swados conducted with real-life runaways. Premiering at the Public Theater on February 21, 1978, it moved to Broadway's Plymouth Theater that spring where it ran 274 performances. Swados, then 27 years old, was the show's composer, book writer, director, and choreographer. She was nominated for four 1978 Tony Awards for each of her contributions to the work, as well as Drama Desk Awards for her direction, music, and lyrics. Swados died at the age of 64 in January 2016.

The cast included Frenie Acoba, Sumaya Bouhbal, Kenneth Cabral, Maxwell Cabral, Taylor Caldwell, Jaiya Chetram, Adleesa Edwards, Xavier Frantz, Aidan Gemme, Reyna Guerra, Dwany Guzman, Noelle Hogan, Christina Jimenez, Jari Jones, Esco Jouléy, Luka Kain, Kylie McNeill, Cele Pahucki, Sam Poon, Lauren Putz, Siena Rafter, Claudia Ramirez, Deandre Sevon, Jeremy Shinder, Ripley Sobo, Chris Sumpter, and Maxwell Vice.

The concert also featured alumni from the original company, as well as students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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