RIP Photographer Martha Swope, 40 Years Of Broadway


nypl-digitalcollections-0952a780-0eb4-0131-9b42-58d385a7b928-001-rBelow are some of the photographs by Martha Swope, who died Thursday at age 88.   In a professional career that officially spanned from 1957 to 1994, she focused on ballet and Broadway. Her 15 theater pictures below  — of Richard Burton in “Camelot,” and Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in “Private Lives”;  Bernadette Peters; Hal Prince and Stephen Sondheim in rehearsal; Ethel Merman in “Hello, Dolly”; Ben Vereen in “Pippin”; Angela Lansbury in “Gypsy”;  Jennifer Holliday in “Dreamgirls”; the original cast of “Hair”, Maya Angelou in “The Blacks”; Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin in “Evita”; Nathan Lane and Faith Prince in “Guys and Dolls”. Chita Rivera in “West Side Story” (in 1957), in “Chicago” (in 1975) and in “Kiss of the Spiderwoman “(in 1993) — were selected from some 1,520,000 images Swope donated to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Click on any one of the photographs by Martha Swope to see it enlarged and read the caption.


Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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