The Public Theater’s annual gala featured a performance of Elizabeth Swados’ 1978 musical Runaways, directed by Sam Pinkleton with choreography by Ani Taj and creative advisement by Jeanine Tesori. The gala, which celebrated the groundbreaking musical's 40th anniversary, was held June 11 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
Pinkleton, Taj, and Tesori collaborated on the 2016 Encores! revival of Runaways at New York City Center. That production was staged just a few months after Swados' death.
The Public's annual gala celebrated Leonard Tow, founder and chairman of The Tow Foundation. Marcia Dunn, Susan Edelstein, Kenny Leon, Wendi Rose, Josh Sapan, and Susan and Peter J. Solomon served as Gala Chairs.
Flip through photos of the evening below: