See these amazing pictures of classic Broadway shows by Joan Marcus

The photographer who aims her lens at the Great White Way shares favorite shots from 1990 to today
By David Cote |
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Since she shot her first Broadway show in 1986, Joan Marcus has become a trusted chronicler of Broadway’s greatest plays and musicals from season to season. Her pictures adorn programs, posters and ads, achieving iconic status (depending on the show). We asked this storied shutterbug to sift through her studio archives and pic a shot from each year, to give us a wide-angle view of her career—and the changing look of Broadway—from 1990 to 2015. From The Lion King to this year’s Tony Award best-musical winner, Fun Home, she shared her favorite frames. It’s a funny thing about theatrical production shots: In a way they’re quite ephemeral, used to accompany a story or review, but when you assemble them together, they become a wonderful time machine you can step into to relive lost moments.

Photograph: Joan Marcus

Aspects of Love (1990)
Photograph: Joan Marcus

I Hate Hamlet (1991)
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Photograph: Joan Marcus

Crazy for You (1992)
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (1993)
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Photograph: Joan Marcus

Sunset Boulevard (1994)
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Master Class (1995)
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Photograph: Joan Marcus

Rent (1996)
Photograph: Joan Marcus

The Lion King (1997)
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Photograph: Joan Marcus

The Blue Room (1998)
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Amy's View (1999)
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Photograph: Joan Marcus

Copenhagen (2000)
Photograph: Joan Marcus

42nd Street (2001)
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Photograph: Joan Marcus

Movin' Out (2002)
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Wicked (2003)
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Photograph: Joan Marcus

Twelve Angry Men (2004)
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Spamalot (2005)
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Photograph: Joan Marcus

Grey Gardens (2006)
Photograph: Joan Marcus

August: Osage County (2007)
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Photograph: Joan Marcus

The Little Mermaid (2008)
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Next to Normal (2009)
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Photograph: Joan Marcus

Fences (2010)
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway (2011)
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Photograph: Joan Marcus

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2012)
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Pippin (2013)
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Photograph: Joan Marcus

On the Town (2014)
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Fun Home (2015)
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