Gender
Male
Born
Mar 11, 1932
Bronx, New York, USA
Died
Nov 26, 2012
New York, New York, USA
Producer Performer
Also Known As
Martin Klein
Relations
Brother-in-law of
Joyce Johnson
Husband of
Mary Lea Johnson
Comments
Biography: Martin Richards was born Morton Richard Klein on March 11, 1932 in the Bronx, New York to Sid and Shirly Klein. He performed in the 1950s as a lounge singer. He then appeared in small roles on television shows before working as a casting director for film studios. Along with his wife, Mary Lea Johnson Richards, helped with the founding of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Meals on Wheels.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "The Shining," "Chicago," "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "The Boys from Brazil," "Fort Apache the Bronx," "Some of My Best Friends Are," and "Mexican Hayride." Television credits include: "Inside the Actors Studio," "The Will Rogers Follies," and "Party Planner with David Tutera."

Other Awards: Oscar for Best Picture for "Chicago" in 2003.

Trivia:
One of his classmates at William H. Taft High School was Stanley Kubrick.
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on November 27, 2012.
  • CREDITS
    Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (Dec 11, 2005 - Feb 19, 2006)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    MusicalOriginal
    Sweeney Todd (Nov 03, 2005 - Sep 03, 2006)
    • Originally produced on Broadway by: Martin Richards
    MusicalThrillerRevival
    La Cage aux Folles (Dec 09, 2004 - Jun 26, 2005)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    MusicalComedyRevival
    Sweet Smell of Success (Mar 14, 2002 - Jun 15, 2002)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    • Produced in association with The Producer Circle Company
    MusicalDramaOriginal
    The Life (Apr 26, 1997 - Jun 07, 1998)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    MusicalOriginal
    Sally Marr...and her escorts (May 05, 1994 - Jun 19, 1994)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    PlayOriginal
    The Will Rogers Follies (May 01, 1991 - Sep 05, 1993)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    MusicalOriginal
    Grand Hotel (Nov 12, 1989 - Apr 25, 1992)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    MusicalDramaOriginal
    Sweeney Todd (Sep 14, 1989 - Feb 25, 1990)
    • Originally produced on Broadway by Martin Richards
    MusicalThrillerRevival
    Roza (Oct 01, 1987 - Oct 11, 1987)
    • Produced by The Producer Circle Company
    MusicalOriginal
    Mayor (Oct 23, 1985 - Jan 05, 1986)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    MusicalOriginal
    Grind (Apr 16, 1985 - Jun 22, 1985)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    MusicalOriginal
    La Cage aux Folles (Aug 21, 1983 - Nov 15, 1987)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    A Doll's Life (Sep 23, 1982 - Sep 26, 1982)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    MusicalOriginal
    Crimes of the Heart (Nov 04, 1981 - Feb 13, 1983)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    PlayOriginal
    Goodbye Fidel (Apr 23, 1980 - Apr 26, 1980)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    • Produced by The Producer Circle Company
    PlayOriginal
    Sweeney Todd (Mar 01, 1979 - Jun 29, 1980)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    MusicalThrillerOriginal
    On the Twentieth Century (Feb 19, 1978 - Mar 18, 1979)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Rockabye Hamlet (Feb 17, 1976 - Feb 21, 1976)
    • Produced in association with Martin Richards
    MusicalOriginal
    The Norman Conquests: Living Together (Dec 07, 1975 - Jun 19, 1976)
    • Produced in association with Martin Richards
    PlayComedyOriginal
    The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden (Dec 07, 1975 - Jun 19, 1976)
    • Produced in association with Martin Richards
    PlayComedyOriginal
    The Norman Conquests: Table Manners (Dec 07, 1975 - Jun 18, 1976)
    • Produced in association with Martin Richards
    PlayComedyOriginal
    Chicago (Jun 03, 1975 - Aug 27, 1977)
    • Produced in association with Martin Richards
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Mexican Hayride (Jan 28, 1944 - Mar 17, 1945)
    • Performer: Martin Klein
      • Replacement
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Sweeney Todd (Oct 23, 2007 - Jun 29, 2008)
    • Originally produced on Broadway by Martin Richards
    MusicalThrillerRevival
    The Will Rogers Follies (Sep 01, 1992 - Nov 27, 1994)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    MusicalOriginal
    Grand Hotel (Nov 27, 1990 - May 24, 1992)
    • Originally produced on Broadway by Martin Richards
    MusicalDramaOriginal
    La Cage aux Folles (Dec 12, 1984 - Sep 20, 1986)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    La Cage aux Folles (May 29, 1984 - May 26, 1985)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Sweeney Todd (Oct 23, 1980 - Sep 20, 1981)
    • Originally Produced on Broadway by Martin Richards
    MusicalThrillerOriginal
    On the Twentieth Century (Jun 09, 1979 - Nov 25, 1979)
    • Produced by Martin Richards
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    Chicago (Sep 12, 1977 - Aug 05, 1978)
    • Produced in association with Martin Richards
    MusicalComedyOriginal
    On the Twentieth Century (Sep 26, 2005 - Sep 26, 2005)
    • Produced on the Broadway stage by Martin Richards
    SpecialBenefit Comedy ConcertRevival
  • AWARDS

    Tony Award®

    Best Revival of a Musical

    2005 | Winner  | La Cage aux Folles
    Produced by Martin Richards
     

    Best Musical

    2002 | Nominee  | Sweet Smell of Success
    Produced by Martin Richards
     

    Best Musical

    1997 | Nominee  | The Life
    Produced by Martin Richards

    Best Musical

    1991 | Winner  | The Will Rogers Follies
    Produced by Martin Richards
     

    Best Musical

    1990 | Nominee  | Grand Hotel
    Produced by Martin Richards
     

    Best Musical

    1985 | Nominee  | Grind
    Produced by Martin Richards

    Best Musical

    1984 | Winner  | La Cage aux Folles
    Produced by Martin Richards
     

    Best Play

    1982 | Nominee  | Crimes of the Heart
    Produced by Martin Richards

    Best Musical

    1979 | Winner  | Sweeney Todd
    Produced by Martin Richards
     

    Best Musical

    1978 | Nominee  | On the Twentieth Century
    Produced by Martin Richards

    Drama Desk Award

    Outstanding Revival of a Musical

    2005 | Winner  | La Cage aux Folles
    Produced by Martin Richards
     

    Outstanding New Musical

    2002 | Nominee  | Sweet Smell of Success
    Produced by Martin Richards

    Outstanding New Musical

    1997 | Winner  | The Life
    Produced by Martin Richards

    Outstanding Musical

    1991 | Winner  | The Will Rogers Follies
    Produced by Martin Richards
     

    Outstanding Musical

    1990 | Nominee  | Grand Hotel
    Produced by Martin Richards
     

    Outstanding Musical

    1984 | Nominee  | La Cage aux Folles
    Produced by Martin Richards
     

    Outstanding New Play

    1981 | Nominee  | Crimes of the Heart
    Produced by Martin Richards

    Outstanding Musical

    1979 | Winner  | Sweeney Todd
    Produced by Martin Richards

    Unique Theatrical Experience

    1976 | Winner  | The Norman Conquests: Living Together
    Produced in association with Martin Richards

    Unique Theatrical Experience

    Produced in association with Martin Richards

    Unique Theatrical Experience

    1976 | Winner  | The Norman Conquests: Table Manners
    Produced in association with Martin Richards
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (Dec 11, 2005 - Feb 19, 2006)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
MusicalOriginal
Sweeney Todd (Nov 03, 2005 - Sep 03, 2006)
  • Originally produced on Broadway by: Martin Richards
MusicalThrillerRevival
La Cage aux Folles (Dec 09, 2004 - Jun 26, 2005)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
MusicalComedyRevival
Sweet Smell of Success (Mar 14, 2002 - Jun 15, 2002)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
  • Produced in association with The Producer Circle Company
MusicalDramaOriginal
The Life (Apr 26, 1997 - Jun 07, 1998)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
MusicalOriginal
Sally Marr...and her escorts (May 05, 1994 - Jun 19, 1994)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
PlayOriginal
The Will Rogers Follies (May 01, 1991 - Sep 05, 1993)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
MusicalOriginal
Grand Hotel (Nov 12, 1989 - Apr 25, 1992)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
MusicalDramaOriginal
Sweeney Todd (Sep 14, 1989 - Feb 25, 1990)
  • Originally produced on Broadway by Martin Richards
MusicalThrillerRevival
Roza (Oct 01, 1987 - Oct 11, 1987)
  • Produced by The Producer Circle Company
MusicalOriginal
Mayor (Oct 23, 1985 - Jan 05, 1986)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
MusicalOriginal
Grind (Apr 16, 1985 - Jun 22, 1985)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
MusicalOriginal
La Cage aux Folles (Aug 21, 1983 - Nov 15, 1987)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
MusicalComedyOriginal
A Doll's Life (Sep 23, 1982 - Sep 26, 1982)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
MusicalOriginal
Crimes of the Heart (Nov 04, 1981 - Feb 13, 1983)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
PlayOriginal
Goodbye Fidel (Apr 23, 1980 - Apr 26, 1980)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
  • Produced by The Producer Circle Company
PlayOriginal
Sweeney Todd (Mar 01, 1979 - Jun 29, 1980)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
MusicalThrillerOriginal
On the Twentieth Century (Feb 19, 1978 - Mar 18, 1979)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
MusicalComedyOriginal
Rockabye Hamlet (Feb 17, 1976 - Feb 21, 1976)
  • Produced in association with Martin Richards
MusicalOriginal
The Norman Conquests: Living Together (Dec 07, 1975 - Jun 19, 1976)
  • Produced in association with Martin Richards
PlayComedyOriginal
The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden (Dec 07, 1975 - Jun 19, 1976)
  • Produced in association with Martin Richards
PlayComedyOriginal
The Norman Conquests: Table Manners (Dec 07, 1975 - Jun 18, 1976)
  • Produced in association with Martin Richards
PlayComedyOriginal
Chicago (Jun 03, 1975 - Aug 27, 1977)
  • Produced in association with Martin Richards
MusicalComedyOriginal
Mexican Hayride (Jan 28, 1944 - Mar 17, 1945)
  • Performer: Martin Klein
    • Replacement
MusicalComedyOriginal
Sweeney Todd (Oct 23, 2007 - Jun 29, 2008)
  • Originally produced on Broadway by Martin Richards
MusicalThrillerRevival
The Will Rogers Follies (Sep 01, 1992 - Nov 27, 1994)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
MusicalOriginal
Grand Hotel (Nov 27, 1990 - May 24, 1992)
  • Originally produced on Broadway by Martin Richards
MusicalDramaOriginal
La Cage aux Folles (Dec 12, 1984 - Sep 20, 1986)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
MusicalComedyOriginal
La Cage aux Folles (May 29, 1984 - May 26, 1985)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
MusicalComedyOriginal
Sweeney Todd (Oct 23, 1980 - Sep 20, 1981)
  • Originally Produced on Broadway by Martin Richards
MusicalThrillerOriginal
On the Twentieth Century (Jun 09, 1979 - Nov 25, 1979)
  • Produced by Martin Richards
MusicalComedyOriginal
Chicago (Sep 12, 1977 - Aug 05, 1978)
  • Produced in association with Martin Richards
MusicalComedyOriginal
On the Twentieth Century (Sep 26, 2005 - Sep 26, 2005)
  • Produced on the Broadway stage by Martin Richards
SpecialBenefit Comedy ConcertRevival

Tony Award®

Best Revival of a Musical

2005 | Winner  | La Cage aux Folles
Produced by Martin Richards
 

Best Musical

2002 | Nominee  | Sweet Smell of Success
Produced by Martin Richards
 

Best Musical

1997 | Nominee  | The Life
Produced by Martin Richards

Best Musical

1991 | Winner  | The Will Rogers Follies
Produced by Martin Richards
 

Best Musical

1990 | Nominee  | Grand Hotel
Produced by Martin Richards
 

Best Musical

1985 | Nominee  | Grind
Produced by Martin Richards

Best Musical

1984 | Winner  | La Cage aux Folles
Produced by Martin Richards
 

Best Play

1982 | Nominee  | Crimes of the Heart
Produced by Martin Richards

Best Musical

1979 | Winner  | Sweeney Todd
Produced by Martin Richards
 

Best Musical

1978 | Nominee  | On the Twentieth Century
Produced by Martin Richards

Drama Desk Award

Outstanding Revival of a Musical

2005 | Winner  | La Cage aux Folles
Produced by Martin Richards
 

Outstanding New Musical

2002 | Nominee  | Sweet Smell of Success
Produced by Martin Richards

Outstanding New Musical

1997 | Winner  | The Life
Produced by Martin Richards

Outstanding Musical

1991 | Winner  | The Will Rogers Follies
Produced by Martin Richards
 

Outstanding Musical

1990 | Nominee  | Grand Hotel
Produced by Martin Richards
 

Outstanding Musical

1984 | Nominee  | La Cage aux Folles
Produced by Martin Richards
 

Outstanding New Play

1981 | Nominee  | Crimes of the Heart
Produced by Martin Richards

Outstanding Musical

1979 | Winner  | Sweeney Todd
Produced by Martin Richards

Unique Theatrical Experience

1976 | Winner  | The Norman Conquests: Living Together
Produced in association with Martin Richards

Unique Theatrical Experience

Produced in association with Martin Richards

Unique Theatrical Experience

1976 | Winner  | The Norman Conquests: Table Manners
Produced in association with Martin Richards

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