Elizabeth Swados

Born in Buffalo, New York in 1951, Elizabeth Swados was devoted to breaking down the elitist subject matter that permeated musical theater. She began her professional career Off Off Broadway with "Fragments of a Greek ... Read more »
Born: 02/05/1951 in Buffalo, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (18)

The Adventures of Sebastian Cole 1999 (Movie)

(Original Score)

Under Heat 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Saying Kaddish 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Music

Family Sins 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

A Year in the Life 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Music

Rate It X 1986 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Rate It X 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Rate It X 1986 (Movie)

("Rate It X") (Song)

The House of Ramon Iglesia 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Music

The Cosmic Eye 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

The Killing Floor 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Music

Four Friends 1981 (Movie)

music director (Music)

King of America (TV Show)

Music

Ohms (TV Show)

Music

Seize the Day (TV Show)

Music

The Animal Alphabet (TV Show)

Music

Too Far to Go (TV Show)

Music
Actor (3)

Jewish Soul, American Beat 1999 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Genesis: A Living Conversation 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

It Just Takes One 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Writer
Director (1)

My Depression (The Up and Down of It) 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Director

Biography

Born in Buffalo, New York in 1951, Elizabeth Swados was devoted to breaking down the elitist subject matter that permeated musical theater. She began her professional career Off Off Broadway with "Fragments of a Greek Trilogy," which incorporated the Greek classics Medea, Electra, and The Trojan Women into an avant-garde multi-lingual musical that required its audience to move from room to room. In 1978, Swados premiered her play "Runaways" at the Public Theater Cabaret and moved later that year to Broadway. The gritty musical story of runaway children in New York City garnered Swados an Obie for directing the initial off Broadway run, and the play was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In 1979 she produced her first score for television, when she composed the music for "Too Far to Go" (NBC, 1979) starring Blythe Danner and Michael Moriarty, adapted from writer John Updike's short stories. She collaborated a number of times with cartoonist and playwright Gary Trudeau, composing the music for a play based on his popular comic strip "Doonesbury" in 1983, as well as for the satirical musical, "Rap Master Ronnie" (referring to Ronald Reagan) in 1984. Over the course of a 40 plus year career, Swados composed over 20 musicals and contributed scores for over 30 film or TV projects.

Relationships

Rosalind Lichter Legal Services

Wife

EDUCATION

Bennington College

1946 - 1947

Milestones

1983

Wrote the lyrics and music for Garry Trudeau's musical adaptation of his comic strip "Doonesbury"

1978

Landed first Broadway production - "Runaways"

1974

Composed first New York City production - "Fragments of a Greek Trilogy"

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