Martin Richards (producer)

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Martin Richards
Born Morton Richard Klein
(1932-03-11)March 11, 1932
The Bronx, New York[1]
Died November 26, 2012 (age 80)[2]
New York City
Occupation Producer
Years active 1971–2012
Spouse(s) Mary Lea Johnson Richards (deceased)

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.

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 most recently produced the new musical "Big Maybelle: Soul of the Blues" starring Lillias White at The Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York, in the summer of 2012.

Richards died on November 26, 2012 from cancer at the age of 80.[4] The marquees of Broadway theatres were dimmed in his memory the night of November 27, 2012 at 7 p.m.[5]

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