Sam Norkin's drawings of theatre, opera, ballet, and film stars appeared in Variety, Back Stage, The Philadelphia Enquirer, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and other publications. From 1940 to 1956, his illustrations were a regular feature in the New York Herald Tribune. Then for the next 26 years, he covered the performing arts for the Daily News.
The drawings he created honoring opening nights with the caricature of a star or the entire company are currently on display in an online exhibition at Broadway Design Exchange through November 19.
Flip through some of the drawings below:
12 Broadway Drawings by Sam Norkin
Ink on board drawings of several iconic Broadway productions, including the original Gypsy with Ethel Merman and the 1974 revival with Angela Lansbury, the original Sound of Music with Mary Martin, Flora, The Red Menace with Liza Minnelli, and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest with Kirk Douglas, among many others, are being offered. One oil painting, backstage, the ambassador, is part of the exhibition.