RICHARDS--Marty, 80, died peacefully at home on November 26, 2012. Mr. Richards, a lion of New York theatre for over 50 years, produced such Broadway hits as "On The Twentieth Century," "Sweeney Todd," "La Cage Aux Folles," (original and first revival), "Grand Hotel," "The Life," "Will Rogers Follies" amongst many others. His shows have won over 40 Antoinette Perry Awards, as well as numerous Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. In addition, his production of "Crimes of the Heart," garnered a Pulitzer Prize. Richards was the producer of the original "Chicago" on Broadway and went on to win an Academy Award for producing the film version in 2003. His other films include "The Shining," "Boys from Brazil," and "Fort Apache, The Bronx." Richards was also a generous philanthropist. He, along with his late wife Mary Lea Johnson Richards, was instrumental in founding Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Meals on Wheels. Richards went on to establish the liver and kidney transplant unit at the NYU Medical Center which bears his wife's name. Richards also created the New York Center for Children to care for abused children and their families. Marty was the beloved son of the late Sidney and Shirley Klein and is survived by his brother Bruce Klein; his niece Lisa Kirschner and nephew Sean Klein. Other family survivors include Mrs. Elaine Johnson Wold, Diana Johnson Firestone, and J. Seward Johnson, Jr. Mr. Richards was a man of the world and will be greatly missed by many. Friends may call at Frank E. Campbell, 1076 Madison Avenue at 81st St., Wednesday, November 28th from 7-9pm and Thursday, November 29th from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. At the request of the family, funeral services will be private. Donations may be made in Richards' name to either the New York Center for Children or the Mary Lea Johnson Richards Research Institute.
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Published in The New York Times on Nov. 28, 2012