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MARTIN RICHARDS heads the film and theatrical production company, The Producer Circle, which he founded with his wife Mary Lea Johnson in 1976. Their first musical, "On The Twentieth Century,” directed by Harold Prince, won five Tony Awards. Their next, "Sweeney Todd,” also directed by Mr. Price, won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. They co-produced the Pulitzer Prize winning "Crimes of The Heart,” "Foxfire,” for which Jessica Tandy received the Best Actress Tony Award, "Grand Hotel,” directed by and choreographed by Tommy Tune, which won five Tony Awards, and the hit Off Broadway musicals "March of the Falsettos” and "Mayor.” 

Mr. Richards has also co-produced the Obie Award winning "Dylan,” which starred Rue McClanahan, Bob Fosse's "Chicago,” which was nominated for eleven Tony's, and which won Best Musical in London and Los Angeles, "The Norman Conquests,” which received the Outer Critics Circle Award, "La Cage Aux Folles,” which won six Tonys, including Best Musical, and "The Will Rogers Ollies,” again with Tommy Tune directing and choreographing, which won six Tony Awards including Best Musical, "The Best of Friends,” starring Diana Douglas, which he produced with Michael Douglas, "Sally Marr...and Her Escorts,” which starred Joan Rivers, who received a Best Actress Tony Nomination, the Cu Coleman musical "The Life,” which revived Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Musical, and, most recently, "Sweet Smell of Success,” directed by Nicholas Hytner, choreographed b Christopher Wheeldon, adapted from the film by John Guare, with music and lyrics by Marvin Hamlisch and Craig Carnelia. 

Mr. Richards' film productions include The Boys from Brazil, which was directed by Frank Schaffner and starred Gregory Peck and Lurence Olivier, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, which starred Jack Nicholson, Fort Apache, and The Bronx

Martin Richards' productions have received thirty-six Tony Awards, The Pulitzer Prize, seven Outer Critic Circle Awards, and two New York Drama Critics Awards. He is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and serves on the Board of Governors of the League of American Theaters and Producers. In 1997, Mayor Giuliani appointed him to a six-year term as a member of The Trust for Cultural Resources of the City of New York. He also serves as a member of the Mayor's Advisory Council for Theatre. 

Mr. Richards serves on the President's Council for the Gay Men's Health Crisis, and is on the Board of Directors of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In 1994, in memory of his wife, he established the Mary Lea Johnson Richards Institute at New York University Medical Center for organ transplantation and research, and in 1995 also in memory of his wife, he co-founded the Children's Advocacy Center of Manhattan, New York City's only non-profit center for abused children. For the past eight years he has produced the annual Red Ball, one of New York's premiere charitable events, which benefits both the institute and the Advocacy Center.


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