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Ashton Springer

Producer, Theatre Owner/Operator, General Manager, House Manager
( b. Nov 01, 1930 New York, New York, USA - d. Jul 15, 2013 Mamaroneck, New York, USA ) Male
Mr. Springer made a specialty of producing plays and musicals by black artists that appealed to both black and white audiences. He himself was African-American, making him a rarity in his profession during that era of Broadway.

Springer went to high school in The Bronx and attended Ohio State University. He began his career as a musician, performing as one of the "Four Aces."

He entered the theatre through a peculiar side door: He ran a coin-operated laundry in Queens owned by playwright L. Richard Nash. "He wanted a side income," Mr. Springer explained. "I had a room in his office, so quite naturally I would look around. A lot of famous people would come by."

Mr. Springer's first producing gig was a Broadway revival of Charles Gordone's No Place to Be Somebody. Producer Joe Papp, who staged the play first, gave him not only the rights but the sets. It was mounted first at the Promenade Theatre. The reaction to the production led Mr. Springer to believe that black audiences were an untapped source of business. A national tour of the production confirmed that suspicion.

The late 1970s were a feverishly busy time for Ashton Springer. In between those two revue hits came productions that included Guys and Dolls, the musical Going Up, the comedy Unexpected Guests, and the Ronald Ribman play Cold Storage, which ran half a year. Bubbling Brown Sugar was a producing hit of Springer’s and was composed by pianist Emme Kemp, a protégé of the legendary Eubie Blake.

Mr. Springer returned to the music of Eubie Blake when he produced the 1978 revue Eubie!, which celebrated the music of the ragtime and jazz composer-lyricist-performer, who at that time had been largely forgotten.

Source: Playbill.com



Productions Date of Productions
Inacent Black
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Executive Producer: Ashton Springer
May 06, 1981 - May 17, 1981
A Lesson From Aloes
[Play, Original]
  • Executive Producer: Ashton Springer
Nov 17, 1980 - Feb 08, 1981
Whoopee!
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Produced by Ashton Springer
Feb 14, 1979 - Aug 12, 1979
Eubie!
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Produced by Ashton Springer
Sep 20, 1978 - Oct 07, 1979
Cold Storage
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Ashton Springer
Dec 29, 1977 - Jun 04, 1978
Unexpected Guests
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • House Manager: Ashton Springer
Mar 02, 1977 - Mar 06, 1977
Going Up
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Produced by Ashton Springer
Sep 19, 1976 - Oct 31, 1976
Guys and Dolls
[Musical, Comedy, All Black Cast, Revival]
  • Associate Produced by Ashton Springer
Jul 21, 1976 - Feb 13, 1977
Bubbling Brown Sugar
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Produced by Ashton Springer
  • General Manager: Ashton Springer
Mar 02, 1976 - Dec 31, 1977
Lamppost Reunion
[Play, Original]
  • The Little Theatre is Managed by Ashton Springer
  • General Manager: Ashton Springer
Oct 16, 1975 - Dec 21, 1975
No Place to Be Somebody
[Play, Revival]
  • Produced by Ashton Springer
Sep 09, 1971 - Oct 10, 1971
1979 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical
 Eubie! [nominee]
Produced by Ashton Springer
1977 Tony Award® Most Innovative Production of a Revival
 Guys and Dolls [nominee]
Produced by Ashton Springer
1976 Tony Award® Best Musical
 Bubbling Brown Sugar [nominee]
Produced by Ashton Springer
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