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T2C Says Good-Bye To Legendary Photographer Martha Swope

T2C Says Good-Bye To Legendary Photographer Martha Swope
George Balanchine, Suzanne Farrell, Patricia McBride

George Balanchine with Suzanne Farrell, Patricia McBride, Mimi Paul, Violetta Verdy

Martha Swope captured the world of Broadway and gave insight into the rehearsals, New York’s dance and theater performers in the 1950s.

Edward Villella, Jerome Robbins

Edward Villella in rehearsal of the Watermill with Jerome Robbins

Taken under the wings of Jerome Robbins and José Quintero she become the official photographer for the New York City Ballet and Martha Graham. She was originally a dancer.

Cats

The original company of Cats

Having chronicled over 800 productions, she earned a special Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre in 2004 and was granted a lifetime achievement award from the League of Professional Theatre Women in 2007.

Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim

Ms. Swope stayed out of the spotlight since retiring in 1994, but before she did she took over 1.5 million images.

Kevin Kline, Treat Williams, Pirates of Penzance

Kevin Kline, Treat Williams in Pirates of Penzance

She chronicled over 800 productions, earning a special Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre in 2004.

Christopher Walken, Raul Julia

Christopher Walken, Raul Julia in “Othello”

She was granted a lifetime achievement award from the League of Professional Theatre Women in 2007.

Meryl Streep, Christopher Lloyd, Happy End

Meryl Streep and Christopher Lloyd in Happy End

Theater photographer Carol Rosegg, was her assistant and has since taken over where Martha left off.

John Cullum, Madeline Kahn

John Cullum and Madeline Kahn

Ms Swope died of Parkinson’s disease at age 88.

Ken Jennings, Angela Lansbury

Ken Jennings and Angela Lansbury

Ms. Swope allowed theatre babies all over the world to become a part of a world they longed to be a part of and she made Broadway and dance accessible.

Marvin Hamlisch, Michael Bennett

Marvin Hamlisch, Michael Bennett

Jane Krakowski , Grand Hotel

Jane Krakowski in Grand Hotel

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov, pictured here in a 1979 production of “The Four Seasons”

Bob Fosse

Bob Fosse in rehearsals with Pippin

Igor Stravinsky, George Balanchine

Igor Stravinsky and George Balanchine in rehearsal while working on Agon in 1957

All these photos by Martha Swope don’t even touch the magic she captured.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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