Broadway from Booth to Bernhardt to Brando to Beckett: Photographs from the Museum of the City of New York

The photographs of Edwin Booth as Iago in “Othello” in 1871, Paul Robeson in the title role of the same play 72 years later and Dianne Wiest as Desdemona in a production 40 years after that,  are among some 30,000 photographs that chronicle some 5,000 Broadway productions in the Museum of the City of New York’s theater collection. The museum is continuing the process of putting them all online. Here is a sample, including Sarah Bernhardt in an 1880 production of “Adrienne Lecouvreur,” Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy in the original 1948 production of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Katharine Hepburn’s final Broadway role… and Samuel Beckett in rehearsal with Billie Whitelaw in 1984. Click on any picture to see it enlarged, and read the caption.

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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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