Oh how Broadway will miss Marty Richards.
Broadway lost one of the great Producers on Monday, when Marty Richards passed on to the Great White Way in the sky.
But perhaps his greatest credit would be his first . . . Chicago.
Most of you probably know that when Chicago opened in 1975, it wasn’t the smash hit it became when it returned to Broadway in the late 90s. But that didn’t stop Marty.
See, like all great Producers, Marty only produced shows he loved. Like really loved. And he really loved Chicago.
He was also one of the few who believed it would make a great movie. So he spent over 25 years working on it, until it happened.
And then he won an Oscar.
And then a whole slate of movie musicals were green lit, ushering in the new era of the Hollywood musical.
Thanks to Marty.
I only met him casually a couple of times, but I think about the couple of decades he spent working on Chicago all the time. It’s a true testament to what you need to succeed in this business. Passion and perseverance are the definition of a great Producer.
And Marty, you were a great one.
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