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Eileen Darby Photo Assignments

John Henry December 30, 1939
Starring Paul Robeson in the title role at the Colonial Theatre in Boston. The show opened on Broadway 11 days later on January 10th, 1940 at the 44th Street Theatre. Despite its short run this was the show that marked the beginning of Eileen Darby's Theatre photography career, the images of which were her first published in the NY Times Photo Section in 1940 by photo editor Victor Talley.
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Gene Autry July 28, 1942
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One Touch of Venus August 27, 1943
The rehearsal for the original Broadway musical comedy starring Mary Martin as the statue Venus, who comes to life to woo the shy and befuddled barber played by Kenny Baker. Staged by Elia Kazan, choreographed by Agnes de Mille, with music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Ogden Nash and book by S.J. Perelman.
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Oklahoma! circa 1943
The musical that redefined what a musical could be for Broadway. A love triangle storyline and classic songs such as "The Surrey with the Fringe On Top" and "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'" all led to a staggering 2,212 performance phenomenon. Richard Rodgers music, Oscar Hammerstein II lyrics, Agnes de Mille choreographer, Alfred Drake and Joan Roberts star, and directed by Rouben Mamoulian at the St. James Theatre.
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On The Town circa 1944
Production photos from On The Town, featuring many well framed and lit key moments from the show. There is also a nice candid section showing Leonard Bernstein and the stars of the show rehearsing a song. The Betty Comden and Adolph Green show with choreography by Jerome Robbins.
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Seven Lively Arts circa 1944
The rehearsal for the original Broadway show starring Bea Lillie, Bert Lahr, and Anton Dolen. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, with performances by Benny Goodman. Salvador Dali created paintings for the show and Igor Stravinsky composed a ballet. The revue about young people coming to New York seeking the arts was considered a flop after 183 performances. To put on the show, Billy Rose spared no expense to restore the Ziegfeld from a second run movie house to a premiere theatre.
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Lilly Dache (Daché) August 6, 1945
Eileen Darby spends a day with well-known milliner turned fashion designer Lilly Daché. Ms. Daché can be seen approving fashion designs, trying on different hats and fashions, touring her eclectic home, and finally flying away on a chartered prop plane.
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Born Yesterday December 1945
Images from the rehearsal of Born Yesterday, while Jean Arthur was still in the cast as Billie Dawn. Arthur was replaced just before the show opened by Judy Holliday, who was in turn made a star by the role. The show also starred Gary Merrill and Paul Douglas, and was directed by Garson Kanin.
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The Old Vic April 1946
In March of 1946 Eileen Darby embarked on a photo assignment to cover several productions taking place at the well known Shakespearean theatre The Old Vic in London. The images notably include Sir Laurence Olivier in Oedipus, as well as productions of Henry IV and The Critic. The images were combined into a photo story for LIFE magazine, including the cover page featuring Margaret Leighton, which was published May 6th, 1946.
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Annie Get Your Gun May 1946
Ethel Merman stars as Annie Oakley and Ray Middleton as Frank Butler in the Broadway classic with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Set Design by Jo Mielziner and Produced by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
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Central Park August 11, 1946
A series of personal photographs taken in Central Park in 1946, including some nice views of the New York skyline and the gorillas in the zoo.
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Street Scene circa 1946
Images from the Philadelphia rehearsal for the operatic version of the play based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Elmer Rice. Music by Kurt Weill and lyrics by the well known Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, with Weill winning the Tony Award for Best Original Score. Set design by Jo Mielziner. The story takes place on a New York sidewalk and street and follows several low to middle class characters through various urban struggles, resulting in epic tragedy.
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Call Me Madam September 8, 1950
The rehearsal for the Broadway hit comedy with dances by Jerome Robbins, Directed by George Abbott, and with music by Irving Berlin. The show starred Ethel Merman in the lead role of Ms. Sally Adams, the U.S. Ambassador to Lichtenburg, who upon her arrival immediately falls for Lichtenburger Cosmo Constantine. The show was later made into a film, also starring Ethel Merman.
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The King And I February 1, 1951
The rehearsals for the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical starring Gertrude Lawrence, with Yul Brynner, and choreography by Jerome Robbins.
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President Batista November 13, 1956
Fulgencio Batista, the President of Cuba who was overthrown by Fidel Castro, is shown with his wife and advisors at the Batista farm outside of Havana and with his family at the Presidential Palace in the heart of Havana.
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Affairs Of State date unknown
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Al Hirschfeld Christmas Card date unknown
Eileen Darby rides atop Santa's bulging gift bag, camera in hand of course, in this whimsical personal christmas card created by Al Hirschfeld.
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Eileen Darby date unknown
A photo essay "day in the life" of Eileen Darby as she works photographing the stage production of Inside U.S.A, and later fixes a chair, relaxes at home, and meets friends Paula Laurence and Joan McCracken at a cafe in New York City.
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Joan McCracken date unknown
Eileen Darby photographs her good friend Joan McCracken candidly hamming in several settings. Joan McCracken found fame playing the role of Sylvie "The Girl Who Falls Down" in Oklahoma! and was later married to Bob Fosse.
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Life Magazine Covers date unknown
The Life Magazine covers of Eileen Darby.
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Look Magazine Covers date unknown
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Peggy Ann Garner date unknown
Peggy Ann Garner was a childhood star of the late 1930's and 1940's, best known for her screen performances in Jane Eyre (1944) and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945). In this series of images Eileen Darby captures the young Canton, Ohio star having a fun day at Coney Island in New York.
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