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Tony Award-Winning Producer Sam Crothers Dies at 75

Crothers' 1991 production of The Will Rogers Follies earned the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Artwork for the 1991 Broadway production of The Will Rogers Follies
Samuel H. Crothers, the Tony Award-winning producer of shows including Sweeney Todd, La Cage aux Folles, and The Will Rogers Follies, passed away at his home in Boynton Beach, FL after battling Lymphoma. He was 75 years old.

Son of Lucy Aurora (Tutunjian) and Samuel H. Crothers, Sam was raised in Newark, NJ and spent time in the U.S. Navy serving as a medical corpsman. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1962 and eventually found himself at The Producer Circle Co. in 1975, where he was made managerial partner. His most recent Broadway credits include Sweet Smell of Success (2002), The Life (1997), Sally Marr…and her escorts (1994), The Will Rogers Follies (1991), which earned him a Tony Award, and Grand Hotel (1989), which earned him his first Tony Award nomination. Crothers also has several film credits to his name including Fort Apache The Bronx, The Boys from Brazil, The Shining, and the Academy Award-winning Chicago.

He is survived by his brother, David Crothers; his sister, Diane Scholz; his aunt, Virginia Tutunjian, as well as a large extended family of nephews, nieces, and cousins. His caricatured portrait that hangs in Sardi's Restaurant will forever remind the Broadway community of his theatrical legacy.


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