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Marty Richards

 

Martin Richards (March 11, 1932 – November 26, 2012) was a film producer. He won the Best Picture Academy Award for the production of Chicago.[3] As a Broadway producer, he won three Tony Awards for Best Musical and one Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, out of 10 nominations.

 

Life


Richards and his late wife Mary Lea Johnson Richards helped with the founding of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Meals on Wheels. Richards also created the New York Center for Children to care for abused children and their families. Richards died on November 26, 2012 from cancer at the age of 80.[4] The cause was complications of liver cancer. The marquees of Broadway theatres were dimmed in his memory the night of November 27, 2012 at 7 p.m.

 

Career


His father, Sidney, was a stockbroker; his mother, Shirley, a homemaker. He had a clear soprano voice as a boy, and his parents sent him to a singing and dancing academy. He went to William H. Taft High School, where one of his classmates was Stanley Kubrick, but by then he had already appeared on Broadway in the 1944 musical “Mexican Hayride. After his voice (and his name) changed, he continued to perform as a baritone, earning money throughout the 1950s as a lounge singer. He acted some as well, appearing in small roles on television shows, but he gave up on acting in the early 1960s and worked as a casting director for film studios.Martin Richards, who began a show business career as a boy soprano and grew up to become a theater and movie producer who won an Oscar for the film adaptation of the musical “Chicago” 27 years after he helped bring it to Broadway

 

Producer on Broadway


Productions Date of Productions
Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life[Musical, Original]

  • Produced by Martin Richards
Dec 11, 2005 – Feb 19, 2006
Sweeney Todd[Musical, Thriller, Revival]

  • Originally produced on Broadway by: Martin Richards
Nov 03, 2005 – Sep 03, 2006
La Cage aux Folles[Musical, Comedy, Revival]

  • Produced by Martin Richards
Dec 09, 2004  Jun 26, 2005
Sweet Smell of Success[Musical, Drama, Original]

  • Produced by Martin Richards
  • Produced in association with The Producer Circle Company
Mar 14, 2002  Jun 15, 2002
The Life[Musical, Original]

  • Produced by Martin Richards
Apr 26, 1997  Jun 07, 1998
Sally Marr and her escorts[Play, Original]

  • Produced by Martin Richards
May 05, 1994  Jun 19, 1994
The Will Rogers Follies[Musical, Original]

  • Produced by Martin Richards
May 01, 1991  Sep 05, 1993
Grand Hotel[Musical, Drama, Original]

  • Produced by Martin Richards
Nov 12, 1989  Apr 25, 1992
Sweeney Todd[Musical, Thriller, Revival]

  • Originally produced on Broadway by Martin Richards
Sep 14, 1989  Feb 25, 1990
Roza[Musical, Original]

  • Produced by The Producer Circle Company
Oct 01, 1987  Oct 11, 1987
Mayor[Musical, Original]

  • Produced by Martin Richards
Oct 23, 1985  Jan 05, 1986
Grind [Musical, Original]

  • Produced by Martin Richards
Apr 16, 1985  Jun 22, 1985
La Cage aux Folles [Musical, Comedy, Original]

  • Produced by Martin Richards
Aug 21, 1983  Nov 15, 1987
A Doll’s Life [Musical, Original]

  • Produced by Martin Richards
Sep 23, 1982  Sep 26, 1982
Crimes of the Heart [Play, Original]

  • Produced by Martin Richards
Nov 04, 1981  Feb 13, 1983
Goodbye Fidel[Play, Original]

  • Produced by The Producer Circle Company
  • Produced by Martin Richards
Apr 23, 1980  Apr 26, 1980
Sweeney Todd[Musical, Thriller, Original]

  • Produced by Martin Richards
Mar 01, 1979  Jun 29, 1980
On the Twentieth Century[Musical, Comedy, Original]

  • Produced by Martin Richards
Feb 19, 1978  Mar 18, 1979
Rockabye Hamlet[Musical, Original]

  • Produced in association with Martin Richards
Feb 17, 1976  Feb 21, 1976
The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden[Play, Comedy, Original]

  • Produced in association with Martin Richards
Dec 07, 1975  Jun 19, 1976
The Norman Conquests: Table Manners[Play, Comedy, Original]

  • Produced in association with Martin Richards
Dec 07, 1975  Jun 18, 1976
The Norman Conquests: Living Together[Play, Comedy, Original]

  • Produced in association with Martin Richards
Dec 07, 1975  Jun 19, 1976
Chicago[Musical, Comedy, Original]

  • Produced in association with Martin Richards
Jun 03, 1975  Aug 27, 1977
Mexican Hayride[Musical, Comedy, Original]

  • Performer: Martin Klein
    • Replacement
Jan 28, 1944  Mar 17, 1945

 

 

Movie Producer


 

2002 Chicago (producer)
1981 Fort Apache the Bronx (producer)
1980 The Shining (associate producer: The Producer Circle Organization)
1978 The Boys from Brazil (producer)
1971 Some of My Best Friends Are (producer – as Marty Richards)

 

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Awards and Nominations


 

2005 Tony Award Best Revival of a Musical

La Cage aux Folles [winner]Produced by Martin Richards
2005 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Revival of a Musical
La Cage aux Folles [winner]Produced by Martin Richards
2002 Tony Award  Best Musical
Sweet Smell of Success [nominee]Produced by Martin Richards
2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Musical
Sweet Smell of Success [nominee]Produced by Martin Richards
1997 Tony Award  Best Musical
The Life [nominee]Produced by Martin Richards
1997 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Musical
The Life [winner]Produced by Martin Richards
1991 Tony Award  Best Musical
The Will Rogers Follies [winner]Produced by Martin Richards
1991 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical
The Will Rogers Follies [winner]Produced by Martin Richards
1990 Tony Award  Best Musical
Grand Hotel [nominee]Produced by Martin Richards
1990 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical
Grand Hotel [nominee]Produced by Martin Richards
1985 Tony Award  Best Musical
Grind [nominee]Produced by Martin Richards
1984 Tony Award  Best Musical
La Cage aux Folles [winner]Produced by Martin Richards
1984 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical
La Cage aux Folles [nominee]Produced by Martin Richards
1982 Tony Award  Best Play
Crimes of the Heart [nominee]Produced by Martin Richards
1981 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play
Crimes of the Heart [nominee]Produced by Martin Richards
1979 Tony Award  Best Musical
Sweeney Todd [winner]Produced by Martin Richards
1979 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical
Sweeney Todd [winner]Produced by Martin Richards
1978 Tony Award  Best Musical
On the Twentieth Century [nominee]Produced by Martin Richards
1976 Drama Desk Award Unique Theatrical Experience
The Norman Conquests: Living Together [winner]Produced in association with Martin Richards
1976 Drama Desk Award Unique Theatrical Experience
The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden [winner]Produced in association with Martin Richards
1976 Drama Desk Award Unique Theatrical Experience
The Norman Conquests: Table Manners [winner]Produced in association with Martin Richards

 

 

References


 

  1. Oscar and Tony-Winning Producer Martin Richards Dies at Age 80
  2. “Marty Richards, Tony-Winning Broadway and Film Producer, Dies at 80″. Playbill.com. September 14, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  3. “And The Oscar For Best Acceptance Goes To”. The Free Lance–Star. March 27, 2003. Retrieved May 21, 2010.
  4. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/theatre-obituaries/9719963/Martin-Richards.html
  5. “BROADWAY AND FILM PRODUCER MARTIN RICHARDS DIES”. AP. Retrieved November 27, 2012.

 

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