POSTPONED: The Beautiful Lady


In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, all public events and performances of shows at La MaMa are suspended as of Friday, March 13, 2020 until further notice. Ticket buyers will be contacted as soon as possible with more information.

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Music by Elizabeth Swados
Book by Paul Schmidt
Directed by Anne Bogart

The Beautiful Lady by Elizabeth Swados, is a powerful work of musical theatre that dramatizes with pressing urgency the necessity of free speech and the enduring power of art. Set in an artists’ café during the Russian Revolution, the Beautiful Lady sings the words of radical poets of the time, translated by Helen Hayes Award-winner Paul Schmidt. As the revolution turns and begins to persecute its own, the poets advocate for a free and just society, seeking meaning and purpose in their resistance.
This special presentation by La MaMa honors Ellen Stewart’s centennial. Ellen who nurtured Elizabeth Swados as a young artist frequently collaborated with Liz.

The Beautiful Lady is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts, Individual Artist. This production was made possible by the La MaMa Distinguished Artist Initiative, with lead funding provided by the Marta Heflin Foundation.