Chicago, La Cage aux Folles Producer Marty Richards Dead at 80
BY Neal Broverman
November 28 2012 10:41 PM ET
Much-loved stage and film producer Marty Richards died on Monday at age 80.
Richards is best-known for bringing Chicago to the big screen in 2002; it won six Academy Awards the following year, including Best Picture. He also produced many beloved musicals and stage productions, including the gay-centered hit La Cage aux Folles. Richards would win Tonys for La Cage, as well as Sweeney Todd and The Will Rogers Follies.
The Bronx-born producer started off as an actor and singer. With his success, he became a noted philanthropist, creating the charity known as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
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