Obituaries

Martin Richards, 80, Broadway and film producer

Mr. Richards won an Oscar for the film “Chicago.”

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Mr. Richards won an Oscar for the film “Chicago.”

NEW YORK — Martin Richards — the Tony Award-winning producer behind such Broadway hits as ‘‘On the Twentieth Century,’’ “Sweeney Todd,’’ and ‘‘The Will Rogers Follies,’’ as well as an Academy Award-winning producer of the film ‘‘Chicago’’ ­­— has died after battling cancer, his publicist said Tuesday. Judy Jacksina said Mr. Richards, 80, died Monday.

His shows won 36 Tonys during his five decades producing plays and musicals.

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‘‘The popularity of his shows has brought many generations to Broadway,’’ Charlotte St. Martin, the executive director of The Broadway League, said in a statement. “He was an admirer of talent, and we were an admirer of his.”

His other Broadway productions include ‘‘Crimes of the Heart,’’ the original ‘‘La Cage Aux Folles’’ and its 2004 revival, “The Norman Conquests,’’ “Grand Hotel,’’ and ‘‘The Life.’’

In addition to his stage work, Mr. 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,’’ “The Boys From Brazil,’’ and ‘‘Fort Apache, The Bronx.’’

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