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In 1936, photographer George W. Lucas and former White Studio business manager Irving Pritchard set up a studio to capitalize on and capture New York's thriving theatrical scene. Joined by photographer Edward Thayer Monroe, the Lucas-Prichard Studio (later Lucas-Monroe) shot thousands of theater stills and studio portraits capturing nearly 300 different productions from 1936 to the early 1950s. The studio's archive of negatives and prints was given to the City Museum in 1980 by John Bennewitz. The collection represents a cross section of the studio's various subjects. Portrait sitters include a wide range of entertainers from Ethel Merman to Paul Robeson, Orson Welles, and Eartha Kitt. Production stills document the lighter fare of Gilbert and Sullivan's work as performed on the New York stage, as well as dramatic heavy weights such as Clifford Odets's original production of The Country Girl and Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie. The studio also took candid shots capturing musical recording sessions, cast parties, and other show-related events documenting some of the back-stage life of theatrical celebrity.
[Theater still of a musical variety show performed in the French Casino Theatre.]

[Theater still of a musical variety show performed in the French Casino Theatre.]


[Theater still of a musical variety show performed in the French Casino Theatre.]

[Theater still of a musical variety show performed in the French Casino Theatre.]


[Theater still of a musical variety show performed in the French Casino Theatre.]

[Theater still of a musical variety show performed in the French Casino Theatre.]


[Elizabeth Taylor at opening night for

[Elizabeth Taylor at opening night for "Top Banana".]


[Tallulah Bankhead.]

[Tallulah Bankhead.]


[Marlene Dietrich at opening night for

[Marlene Dietrich at opening night for "Top Banana".]


[Eartha Kitt in

[Eartha Kitt in "Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952".]


[

["Top Banana" party.]


[

["Top Banana" theater still.]


[

["Top Banana" party.]


[Eartha Kitt at a cast party for

[Eartha Kitt at a cast party for "Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952".]


[Phil Silvers in

[Phil Silvers in "Top Banana".]


[Virginia de Luce in

[Virginia de Luce in "Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952".]


[Paul Kelly and Uta Hagen in

[Paul Kelly and Uta Hagen in "The Country Girl".]


[

["Bagels and Yox", Miss Bagels.]


[Arthur Treacher.]

[Arthur Treacher.]


[Larry Alpert in

[Larry Alpert in "Bagels and Yox".]


[Peggy Lee at the Copa Lounge.]

[Peggy Lee at the Copa Lounge.]


[Hildegarde waving from train.]

[Hildegarde waving from train.]


[Hildegarde holding roses and waving from a train.]

[Hildegarde holding roses and waving from a train.]


[

["Top Banana" theater still.]


[Boris Karloff as Captain Hook.]

[Boris Karloff as Captain Hook.]


[

["Pal Joey" theater still.]


[Veronica Lake as Peter Pan.]

[Veronica Lake as Peter Pan.]


[Margie Hart in

[Margie Hart in "Light Up the Sky".]


[Lawrence Tibbett as Captain Hook and Veronica Lake as Peter Pan.]

[Lawrence Tibbett as Captain Hook and Veronica Lake as Peter Pan.]


[

["The Green Pastures" theater still.]


[Unidentified performer in

[Unidentified performer in "Princess Ida".]


[Eartha Kitt in

[Eartha Kitt in "Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952".]


[Ben Gazzara in

[Ben Gazzara in "End as a Man".]


[William Marshall in

[William Marshall in "The Green Pastures".]


[Ben Gazzara in

[Ben Gazzara in "End as a Man".]


[

["Bagels and Yox" theater still, with Rickie Layne and his dummy, Velvel.]


[Unidentified performer in

[Unidentified performer in "The Gondoliers".]


[

["First Lady" theater still.]


[

["The Country Girl" theater still.]


[Paul Kelly and Uta Hagen in

[Paul Kelly and Uta Hagen in "The Country Girl".]


[Julie Harris presenting a Theatre World Award to Helen Wood for her performance in

[Julie Harris presenting a Theatre World Award to Helen Wood for her performance in "Pal Joey".]


[Estelle Winwood.]

[Estelle Winwood.]


[Phil Silvers with Ben Bodne, owner of the Hotel Algonquin.]

[Phil Silvers with Ben Bodne, owner of the Hotel Algonquin.]


[

["Black Limelight" theater stills.]

Key sheet.

[

["Forbidden Melody" theater stills.]

Key sheet.

[

["Forbidden Melody" theater stills.]

Key sheet.

[

["Around the Corner" theater stills.]

Key sheet.

[Set of

[Set of "Trial by Jury".]


[Set of

[Set of "Cox and Box".]


[Set of

[Set of "The Mikado".]


[Set of

[Set of "The Mikado".]


[Set of

[Set of "The Gondoliers".]


[Set of

[Set of "The Gondoliers".]


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