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Martin Richards

Producer, Performer
( b. Mar 11, 1932 Bronx, New York, USA - d. Nov 26, 2012 New York, New York, USA ) Male
Also known as: Martin Klein
Relations: Brother-in-law of Joyce Johnson
Husband of Mary Lea Johnson
See Also: The Producer Circle Company

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.



ProductionsDate of Productions
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Martin Richards
Dec 11, 2005 - Feb 19, 2006
Sweeney Todd
[Musical, Thriller, Revival]
  • Originally produced on Broadway by: Martin Richards
Nov 03, 2005 - Sep 03, 2006
La Cage aux Folles
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Produced by Martin Richards
Dec 09, 2004 - Jun 26, 2005
Sweet Smell of Success
[Musical, Drama, Original]
  • Produced by Martin Richards
  • Produced in association with The Producer Circle Company
Mar 14, 2002 - Jun 15, 2002
The Life
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Martin Richards
Apr 26, 1997 - Jun 07, 1998
Sally Marr...and her escorts
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Martin Richards
May 05, 1994 - Jun 19, 1994
The Will Rogers Follies
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Martin Richards
May 01, 1991 - Sep 05, 1993
Grand Hotel
[Musical, Drama, Original]
  • Produced by Martin Richards
Nov 12, 1989 - Apr 25, 1992
Sweeney Todd
[Musical, Thriller, Revival]
  • Originally produced on Broadway by Martin Richards
Sep 14, 1989 - Feb 25, 1990
Roza
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by The Producer Circle Company
Oct 01, 1987 - Oct 11, 1987
Mayor
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Martin Richards
Oct 23, 1985 - Jan 05, 1986
Grind
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Martin Richards
Apr 16, 1985 - Jun 22, 1985
La Cage aux Folles
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced by Martin Richards
Aug 21, 1983 - Nov 15, 1987
A Doll's Life
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Martin Richards
Sep 23, 1982 - Sep 26, 1982
Crimes of the Heart
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Martin Richards
Nov 04, 1981 - Feb 13, 1983
Goodbye Fidel
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Martin Richards
  • Produced by The Producer Circle Company
Apr 23, 1980 - Apr 26, 1980
Sweeney Todd
[Musical, Thriller, Original]
  • Produced by Martin Richards
Mar 01, 1979 - Jun 29, 1980
On the Twentieth Century
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced by Martin Richards
Feb 19, 1978 - Mar 18, 1979
Rockabye Hamlet
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced in association with Martin Richards
Feb 17, 1976 - Feb 21, 1976
The Norman Conquests: Living Together
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced in association with Martin Richards
Dec 07, 1975 - Jun 19, 1976
The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced in association with Martin Richards
Dec 07, 1975 - Jun 19, 1976
The Norman Conquests: Table Manners
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced in association with Martin Richards
Dec 07, 1975 - Jun 18, 1976
Chicago
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced in association with Martin Richards
Jun 03, 1975 - Aug 27, 1977
Mexican Hayride
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Martin Klein
         - Replacement
Jan 28, 1944 - Mar 17, 1945
Touring ProductionsDates of Touring Productions
Sweeney Todd
[Musical, Thriller, Revival]
  • Originally produced on Broadway by Martin Richards
Oct 23, 2007 - Jun 29, 2008
The Will Rogers Follies
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Martin Richards
Sep 01, 1992 - Nov 27, 1994
Grand Hotel
[Musical, Drama, Original]
  • Originally produced on Broadway by Martin Richards
Nov 27, 1990 - May 24, 1992
Special EventsDate of Special Events
On the Twentieth Century
[Special, Benefit, Comedy, Concert, Revival]
  • Produced on the Broadway stage by Martin Richards
Sep 26, 2005 - Sep 26, 2005
2005 Tony Award® Best Revival of a Musical
winner La Cage aux Folles [winner]
Produced by Martin Richards
2005 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Revival of a Musical
winner La Cage aux Folles [winner]
Produced by Martin Richards
2002 Tony Award® Best Musical
Sweet Smell of Success [nominee]
Produced by Martin Richards
2002 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Musical
Sweet Smell of Success [nominee]
Produced by Martin Richards
1997 Tony Award® Best Musical
The Life [nominee]
Produced by Martin Richards
1997 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Musical
winner The Life [winner]
Produced by Martin Richards
1991 Tony Award® Best Musical
winner The Will Rogers Follies [winner]
Produced by Martin Richards
1991 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical
winner The Will Rogers Follies [winner]
Produced by Martin Richards
1990 Tony Award® Best Musical
Grand Hotel [nominee]
Produced by Martin Richards
1990 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical
Grand Hotel [nominee]
Produced by Martin Richards
1985 Tony Award® Best Musical
Grind [nominee]
Produced by Martin Richards
1984 Tony Award® Best Musical
winner La Cage aux Folles [winner]
Produced by Martin Richards
1984 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical
La Cage aux Folles [nominee]
Produced by Martin Richards
1982 Tony Award® Best Play
Crimes of the Heart [nominee]
Produced by Martin Richards
1981 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play
Crimes of the Heart [nominee]
Produced by Martin Richards
1979 Tony Award® Best Musical
winner Sweeney Todd [winner]
Produced by Martin Richards
1979 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical
winner Sweeney Todd [winner]
Produced by Martin Richards
1978 Tony Award® Best Musical
On the Twentieth Century [nominee]
Produced by Martin Richards
1976 Drama Desk Award Unique Theatrical Experience
winner The Norman Conquests: Living Together [winner]
Produced in association with Martin Richards
1976 Drama Desk Award Unique Theatrical Experience
winner The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden [winner]
Produced in association with Martin Richards
1976 Drama Desk Award Unique Theatrical Experience
winner The Norman Conquests: Table Manners [winner]
Produced in association with Martin Richards
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