Swados, who received four Tony Award nominations for her 1978 musical Runaways — including Best Director, Best Book, Best Score and Best Choreographer of a Musical — will present her newest musical, Jewish Girlz, at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan for six performances only. Jewish Girlz follows a group of girls at a sleepover retreat in upstate New York. The stories of this disparate group of young Jewish women comprise the musical, which also features two older, wiser female Rabbis.
Kris Kukul will serve as Jewish Girlz’ musical director, and the cast includes Annie Wenger-Schulman, Amanda Stoffel, Rachel Szalkiewicz, Joyce Aronow, Mickey Bronstein, Nessa Geffen, Chloe Levenson, Jenna Lutwin, Sarah Rebell and Rebecca Schwartz; Gina Shmukler and Emily Wolper portray the adult Rabbis.
In addition to Runaways, Elizabeth Swados has created nearly 50 performance pieces for the theatre as well as several children’s books. Her latest tome, “Hey, You C’mere” — published by Scholastic — will be followed by a sequel due to hit bookstores next year. Swados is the recipient of several Obie and Outer Critics Circle awards as well as a Pen Citation and the Anne Frank National Foundation for Jewish Culture Award.
The Jewish Community Center is located in Manhattan at 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street. Jewish Girlz will play May 11 at 3 and 7 PM, May 12 at 7 PM, May 14 at 7 PM and May 18 at 3 and 7 PM. Tickets are priced at $7 (JCC members) and $10 (non-members). Call (646) 505-5708 for reservations.
* Coincidentally, the cast album of Runaways is in stores May 6 from DRG Records. It's the first time the 1978 Columbia record had been put on CD.