The life of veteran Broadway producer Marty Richards was celebrated on Monday, April 8 at the Edison Ballroom. A benefit for The New York Center for Children, the evening was a tribute to the Tony and Academy Award winner, who died at the age of 80 on November 26.
Among the many shows Richards produced on Broadway were On the Twentieth Century, Sweeney Todd, La Cage aux Folles, Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies, The Life, and Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life. Rivera, one of Richards' close friends, served as the evening's mistress of ceremonies.
Guests at the benefit included Academy Award winners Michael Douglas (Wonder Boys) and Goldie Hawn (The First Wives Club), Kurt Russell (Death Proof), Tony Award winners Tommy Tune (The Will Rogers Follies) and Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd), five-time Grammy Award winner Clive Davis, film legend Arlene Dahl, Broadway veterans Michelle Kittrell (Legally Blonde), Sharon Wilkins (The Life), Jack Noseworthy (Sweet Smell of Success), and Linda Hart (Hairspray), gossip columnist Cindy Adams, and philanthropist Denise Rich.