Broadway will dim its lights Tuesday night in honor of producer Martin Richards, who died this week at age 80.
Richards was the force behind such classic musicals as "La Cage aux Folles," "Sweeney Todd" and "Chicago." Although best known for his work on plays that were song and dance heavy, he also produced straight dramatic works such as the Pulitzer Prize winning "Crimes of the Heart."
In addition to his work on stage, Richards won an Oscar for producing the film version of "Chicago" and such films as Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" and "Fort Apache, The Bronx" a crime drama with Paul Newman.
“For over 50 years, Marty Richards has been transferring his passion for theatre to the stage," Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League, said in a statement. "The popularity of his shows has brought many generations to Broadway. He was an admirer of talent, and we were an admirer of his. His love for the arts was matched only by his generosity and philanthropic causes. He will be greatly missed, and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Light will dim at 7 p.m. for one minute, the League said.