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Producer Martin Richards dies at 80

By Meaghan Fleming,

Film and Broadway producer Martin 'Marty' Richards passed away on Monday at age 80.

The Associated Press reports the producer died on Monday, Nov. 26. Richards suffered from cancer according to his publicist.

Playbill reports Richards won Tony awards for many of his productions including The Norman Conquests, Sweeney Todd, The Will Rogers Follies, The Life, La Cage aux Folles, and the revival of La Cage aux Folles.

Though most of his work was on Broadway, Richards also worked on a small number of films. His movie Chicago won the 2003 Best Picture Oscar. He also worked on The Shining as an associate producer.

Charlotte St. Martin, the executive director of The Broadway League said of Richards: "The popularity of his shows has brought many generations to Broadway. He was an admirer of talent, and we were an admirer of his.”

Richards produced Chita River’s show Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life in 2005. River is saddened by Richard's death.

"With Marty gone, he has taken a piece of myself with him,” River states. “What a privilege to have shared a part of his flamboyant history. Through Marty and his courageous eye and infallible taste, I have inherited gifts I had never imagined would come my way. I loved him dearly and will miss him every day of my life. I have lost a great friend."

His most recent production was of the comedy Big Maybelle: Soul of the Blues during the summer in New York City.

Richards is survived by his brother Bruce Klein, as well as his niece, Lisa Kirschner and his nephew, Sean Klein.

 
 

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