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'Chicago,' Broadway Producer Marty Richards Dies at 80

Marty Richards
by Marion Curtis/

Updated: 11/27/2012
Frpm The HOLLYWOODD REPORTER: Marty Richards, a theater and film producer, died Monday at the age of 80, Playbill reports

Richards' Broadway credits included Sweeney Todd, two different productions of La Cage aux Folles, Crimes of the Heart, The Will Rogers Follies, The Life and The Norman Conquests, a number of which earned him Tony Awards. Other notable stage productions included On the Twentieth Century, Grand Hotel and Sweet Smell of Success.

He also produced 2002's Oscar-winning movie adaptation of the musical Chicago, along with 1980's The Shining and 1978's The Boys From Brazil. In 2006, Richards sued Miramax for a portion of Chicago's revenue and the lawsuit was settled a few years later.

In 1976, Richards founded the movie and theater production company Producer Circle Co. His latest musical, Big Maybelle: Soul of the Blues, opened in August.

Richards and his late wife, Mary Lea Johnson, were instrumental in the creation of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Meals on Wheels. Known to be philanthropic, he created New York Center for Children to care for abused children and families and also established the liver and kidney transplant unit at the NYU Medical Center, which was named after his wife.

Richards is survived by his brother Bruce Klein and a niece and nephew.

Funeral services will take place at Frank Campbell Funeral Chapel in New York City, with visitation on Nov. 28 and 29.

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