Monday, April 15, 2024

Oscar Winning “Chicago” Producer Marty Richards Dies


Just heard: Oscar winning “Chicago” producer Marty Richards died today at age 80 after a long, tough battle with cancer. A beloved figure on Broadway and among New York society, Marty was also a friend of mine and so many others. He was a relative-in-law also of actor Michael Douglas who came with wife Catherine Zeta Jones last January to Marty’s big birthday party. (They were related through Marty’s late wife, Marylea Johnson, a cousin of Michael’s mother.)

Marty knew how to live in style, and didn’t want to be too ill from cancer to enjoy himself and all his friends. So the party was in January instead of March, hedging his bets. It turned out he was still very well in March anyway.

Among the other shows he produced on Broadway was “The Life” starring Chita Rivera and Lillias White. I do hope Broadway dims its lights tomorrow night for this wonderful friend and patron of the arts.

Marty’s other Broadway credits as producer: several versions of “Sweeney Todd,” and “La Cage aux Folles,” also partnered with our late pal, Pierre Cossette on “The Will Rogers Follies” and many more. He will be sorely, sorely missed.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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