Broadway from Edwin Booth to Meryl Streep: Photographs from the Museum of the City of New York

The photographs of Edwin Booth as Iago in “Othello” in 1871 and Meryl Streep with John Lithgow in “Secret Service” 105 years later 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. Below are more, continuing more or less chronologically from Sarah Bernhardt in 1880 to Fanny Brice in 1929, Tallulah Bankhead in 1937, Brando in 1948,   Beckett in 1956… and several more generations of Othellos. (Click on any photograph to 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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