(Tip o’ the pixel to the Missus)
Photographer captures heyday of Theatre District
Forty years ago, when he was just 17, Sid Limitz began working as a ticket taker in Boston’s Theatre District. He was walking past the old Music Hall one night when Bette Midler came waltzing out the front door.
“I happened to be in the right place at the right time and there she was,” Limitz said. “I thought to myself, ‘This is a moment where someone should have a camera.’”
And so Sid asked for — and got — a camera for Christmas and he’s been taking pictures in the Theatre District ever since.
Limitz estimates that he has more than 800,000 shots he snapped in the area around the intersection of Tremont and Stuart streets. In the district’s theaters, comedy clubs, gay bars, concert venues and movie houses, Limitz encountered and photographed legends including Liza Minnelli, Lauren Bacall, Elaine Stritch, David Bowie, Frank Zappa and more.
And then there was this:
Amazingly, in the online edition of Wednesday’s Herald, Bacall is no longer dead.
As a member of the theatrical employees union, Sid worked with Bacall in the Theatre District twice — in 1999 for “Waiting in the Wings” at the Colonial and in the ’80s when she did “Love Letters” at The Wilbur with Richard Kiley. But his favorite pic of the great actress was snapped outside the Harvard Club in 1980, when Bacall came to celebrate the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy’s 50th birthday with the clan.
Tell you what – if Bogie were alive now, there’d be hell to pay for this.
P.S. Raise your hand if you thought today’s Herald would run a Correction.