You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Martin Richards, 80, Broadway and film producer

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

F. Micelotta/Getty Images/2003

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.

Continue reading below

‘‘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.’’

Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.