Marty Richards, producer and philanthropist, died yesterday at age 80. The New Yorker’s stage producing credits included Chicago, Sweeney Todd, La Cage aux Folles, and Crimes of the Heart. While Broadway was his stomping grounds over a 50 year career, Richards had a pretty good film resume as well. It includes winning Best Picture for the 2002 film Chicago, as well as The Boys From Brazil, Fort Apache, The Bronx, and the Stanley Kubrick-directed The Shining. Funeral services will be held later this week in New York for Richards, whose philanthropic efforts included the formation of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Meals On Wheels. He also made possible the liver and kidney transplant unit at NYU Medical Center.
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