Runaways: Musical Info & Synopsis


Runaways follows the lives of runaway children in New York City during the late 1970s. The musical weaves together a series of vignettes, monologues, and songs to portray the diverse backgrounds and challenges faced by the runaway youths. Themes of survival and the search for identity are explored through a mix of musical genres, including folk, spoken word, and traditional musical theatre. Runaways captures the raw experiences of young people who have left or been forced to leave their homes, while also celebrating their resilience and strength.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

Cast Size: 20

Genre: Drama

Setting: 1970s / USA (NYC)

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics/Book: Elizabeth Swados

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1978)➝


Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝


1970s, Avant-GardeChild Roles, Dramatic, Female Writing Team, Folk, One-Word, Solo Composer

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