Jewish Girls, The Musical

In May, the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan presented “Jewish Girls,” a work-in-progress by award-winning composer and writer Elizabeth Swados, whose Broadway credits include The Cherry Orchard, Agamemnon, Doonesbury, and Runaways. For the JCC production, which was funded by the Hadassah Foundation, Swados chose 12 New York Jewish teenagers from diverse backgrounds. Together they created musical skits about a range of subjects that included body image and how much one teenager hated growing up in Great Neck, NY. In the fall Swados plans to take the production to schools, possibly even to Broadway.