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Martin Richards: 5 Facts About ‘Chicago,’ His Biggest Hit
Posted By Patrick Kiger On November 28, 2012 @ 7:13 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
As a Broadway producer, Martin Richards had a string of successes, including Sweeney Todd, which won eight Tony awards in 1979, and Grand Hotel, which won five a decade later. But the project that Richards, who died on Nov. 26 at age 80  in New York City, will be best remembered for is bringing the stage musical Chicago to the big screen, where it grossed $307 million worldwide and won the 2003 Oscar for best picture , in addition to a best supporting actress statuette for Catherine Zeta-Jones .
The magnitude of Chicago‘s box-office and critical triumph was a measure of Richards’ tenacity. After the play’s initial stage production in 1975, it took 27 years for a movie version to make it into theaters. But as actress Chita Rivera told the New York Times, Richards “never gave up on what he truly believed in. He was a bulldog.”
Here are five facts about the producer and his masterwork.
From Las Vegas Review , here’s a video tribute to Richards and his productions.
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 died on Nov. 26 at age 80: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/28/arts/martin-richards-producer-of-broadway-hits-dies-at-80.html?_r=0&pagewanted=all
 2003 Oscar for best picture: http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0000003/2003
 Catherine Zeta-Jones: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-03-2010/michael_douglas_secondtimearound.html
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 Maurine Dallas Watkins: http://www.literalmedia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=74&Itemid=85
 Chita Rivera: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/music/info-06-2012/broadway-star-chita-rivera.html
 Jerry Orbach: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/6765565/ns/today-entertainment/t/law-order-star-jerry-orbach-dies/
 2003 New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/19/movies/movie-musical-s-hard-won-harmony-chicago-hit-but-its-path-oscars-was-paved-with.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm
 Las Vegas Review: https://www.youtube.com/user/LasVegasReview
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqQDetJ6dQs
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