Remembering Martha Swope

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Martha Swope (1928-2017)

Martha Swope, who captured iconic images of Broadway and dance for decades, died in New York on Thursday, January 12th, at the age of 88. From 1957 to 1994, Ms. Swope photographed countless shows and theatre legends, from Shakespeare in the Park to George Balanchine in rehearsal. She earned a Tony Honor for Excellence in Theater in 2004 and a lifetime achievement award from the League of Professional Theater Women in 2007. Martha Swope’s work will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on theatre history. We honor and celebrate Martha Swope with a sampling of her photographs of Tams-Witmark shows.

Martha Swope Musical Theatre

Robet LuPone, Donna McKechnie, Clive Clerk and Company in A CHORUS LINE, 1975

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HAIR, 1969

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HAIR, 1969

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Elaine Joyce and Ensemble in SUGAR, 1974

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Carol Channing with Robert Fitch and John Mineo in LORELEI, 1974

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Angela Lansbury in GYPSY, 1974

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Michael Bennett, with composer Marvin Hamlisch, in rehearsal for A CHORUS LINE, 1975

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Jim Dale in BARNUM, 1980

Martha Swope Musical Theatre

Wanda Richert and Company in 42ND STREET, 1980

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Wanda Richert and Ensemble in 42ND STREET, 1980

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Donald O’Connor and Chita Rivera in BRING BACK BIRDIE, 1981

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Jennifer Holliday and Company in DREAMGIRLS, 1981

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Deborah Burrell, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Loretta Devine in DREAMGIRLS, 1981

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Twiggy and Tommy Tune in MY ONE AND ONLY, 1983

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Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking and Allison Williams in SWEET CHARITY, 1986

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Donna McKechnie in the National Tour of SWEET CHARITY, 1987

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Rex Smith, Leslie Uggams and Company in the National Tour of ANYTHING GOES (1988)

Martha Swope Gypsy Musical Theatre

Crista Moore and Tyne Daly in GYPSY, 1989

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James Naughton and Dee Hoty in CITY OF ANGELS, 1989

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Kay Cole and Randy Graff in CITY OF ANGELS, 1989

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Linda Lavin in GYPSY, 1990

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The Company of THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, 1991

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A CHORUS LINE, 1975

Thank you, Martha Swope, for all the glorious images. Broadway will never forget you.