Gender
Male
Born
Nov 01, 1930
New York, New York, USA
Died
Jul 15, 2013
Mamaroneck, New York, USA
Producer Theatre Owner/Operator General Manager House Manager
Comments
Biography: Ashton Springer Jr. was born in Manhattan. He attended Ohio State University and became a social worker in the Bronx. He was a producer or co-producer of nearly a dozen Broadway shows in the 1970s and early 1980s. He is widely credited with helping to bring theater by and about African-Americans to Broadway stages, and helping to bring late-20th-century African-American audiences to Broadway. He married Myra Burns, with whom he had his son, Caz.

Trivia:
He owned a laundry business in Jackson Heights, Queens.
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on July 24, 2013.
Inacent Black (May 06, 1981 - May 17, 1981)
  • Executive Producer: Ashton Springer
PlayComedyOriginal
A Lesson From Aloes (Nov 17, 1980 - Feb 08, 1981)
  • Executive Producer: Ashton Springer
PlayOriginal
Whoopee! (Feb 14, 1979 - Aug 12, 1979)
  • Produced by Ashton Springer
MusicalComedyRevival
Eubie! (Sep 20, 1978 - Oct 07, 1979)
  • Produced by Ashton Springer
MusicalRevueOriginal
Cold Storage (Dec 29, 1977 - Jun 04, 1978)
  • Produced by Ashton Springer
PlayOriginal
Unexpected Guests (Mar 02, 1977 - Mar 06, 1977)
  • House Manager: Ashton Springer
PlayComedyOriginal
Going Up (Sep 19, 1976 - Oct 31, 1976)
  • Produced by Ashton Springer
MusicalComedyRevival
Guys and Dolls (Jul 21, 1976 - Feb 13, 1977)
  • Associate Produced by Ashton Springer
MusicalComedy All Black CastRevival
Bubbling Brown Sugar (Mar 02, 1976 - Dec 31, 1977)
  • Produced by Ashton Springer
  • General Manager: Ashton Springer
MusicalRevueOriginal
Lamppost Reunion (Oct 16, 1975 - Dec 21, 1975)
  • The Little Theatre is Managed by Ashton Springer
  • General Manager: Ashton Springer
PlayOriginal
No Place to Be Somebody (Sep 09, 1971 - Oct 10, 1971)
  • Produced by Ashton Springer
PlayRevival
Eubie! (Dec 26, 1979 - Jul 19, 1980)
  • Produced by Ashton Springer
MusicalRevueOriginal
Eubie! (Aug 17, 1979 - Mar 07, 1980)
  • Originally produced on Broadway by Ashton Springer
MusicalRevueOriginal
Bubbling Brown Sugar (Jun 22, 1976 - Oct 09, 1977)
  • Produced by Ashton Springer
  • General Manager: Ashton Springer
MusicalRevueOriginal

Tony Award®

 

Most Innovative Production of a Revival

1977 | Nominee  | Guys and Dolls
Produced by Ashton Springer
 

Best Musical

1976 | Nominee  | Bubbling Brown Sugar
Produced by Ashton Springer

Drama Desk Award

 

Outstanding Musical

1979 | Nominee  | Eubie!
Produced by Ashton Springer

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