Monday, June 11, 2018
The Delacorte Theater in Central Park
6:00PM Cocktails & Dinner
8:00PM Gala Performance of RUNAWAYS
After Party to follow on the lawn
Directed by Sam Pinkleton
Choreographed by Ani Taj
Creative Adviser Jeanine Tesori
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.
HONORING: Leonard Tow, Founder and Chairman of The Tow Foundation
Through his visionary approach to philanthropy, he has helped transform the fields of medicine, education, justice, and the arts. The Public is thrilled to celebrate the impact he has had on the theater, the field, and the city.
For questions or to make an early reservation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.539.8634.
HONORARY GALA CHAIRS
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
Marcia Dunn, Susan Edelstein, Kenny Leon, Wendi Rose, Josh Sapan, and Susan & Peter J. Solomon
GALA BENEFIT COMMITTEE
Sarah Arison, Diana & Joe DiMenna, Andra & John Ehrenkranz, Hans & Kate Morris, Elyse & Michael Newhouse, Fiona & Eric Rudin, Renee & Richard Steinberg , Julie Turaj & Robert Pohly, and Wayne Zink & Christopher Schout
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.