Sam Crothers

Producer

Male

Born: January 15, 1938
Long Branch, New Jersey

Died: April 13, 2013
Boynton Beach, Florida

Obituary: Broadway producer Sam Crothers died April 13 2013 in his Boynton Beach, FL, home after a year-long battle with lymphoma. He was 75.

Born Samuel Henry Crothers on Jan. 15, 1938, in Long Branch, NJ, Mr. Crothers attended Arts High School in Newark, NJ. He served in the United States Navy from 1957 to 1960 as a medical corpsman. He then graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in English in 1962, and went on to work in the obituary department of The New York Times.

Sam Crothers was a staff member of The Producer Circle Company, a producing group formed by Martin Richards, Mary Lea Johnson, Robert Fryer and James Cresson. Eventually, he became managerial partner of the company. With the Producer Circle Co., he worked on On the Twentieth Century, Goodbye Fidel, Roza and Sweet Smell of Success. Other credits included Grind, Mayor, The Life, Grand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies. He won a Tony Award for the latter.

Foxfire was a rare Broadway credit on his resume when he was not paired with Richards. The 1982 play, starring Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, ran for 213 performances.

He was also an executive producer on the film "Chicago."

Philanthropically, Mr. Crothers was executive producer of The Producer Circle’s annual Red Ball, which benefited both the Mary Lea Johnson Richards Institute for Organ Transplantation, as well as the New York Center for Children, New York City’s leading non-profit center for abused children.

He is survived by his brother, David Crothers; his sister, Diane Scholz; and his aunt, Virginia Tutunjian.

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
Dec. 11, 2005 - Feb. 19, 2006
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Playbill Cover - La Cage aux Folles La Cage aux Folles
Dec. 9, 2004 - Jun. 26, 2005
Producer
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Playbill Cover - The Life The Life
Apr. 26, 1997 - Jun. 7, 1998
Producer
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Playbill Cover - Sally Marr...and Her Escorts Sally Marr...and Her Escorts
May 5, 1994 - Jun. 19, 1994
Producer
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Playbill Cover - The Will Rogers Follies The Will Rogers Follies
May 1, 1991 - Sep. 5, 1993
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Playbill Cover - Grand Hotel Grand Hotel
Nov. 12, 1989 - Apr. 25, 1992
Producer
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Mayor
Oct. 23, 1985 - Jan. 5, 1986
Associate Producer
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Playbill Cover - Grind Grind
Apr. 16, 1985 - Jun. 22, 1985
Executive Producer
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Playbill Cover - Foxfire Foxfire
Nov. 11, 1982 - May 15, 1983
Producer
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Playbill Cover - Crimes of the Heart Crimes of the Heart
Nov. 4, 1981 - Feb. 13, 1983
Managerial Associate
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Playbill Cover - Goodbye Fidel Goodbye Fidel
Apr. 23, 1980 - Apr. 26, 1980
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Playbill Cover - Sweeney Todd Sweeney Todd
Mar. 1, 1979 - Jun. 29, 1980
Assistant to the Producers
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Playbill Cover - On the Twentieth Century On the Twentieth Century
Feb. 19, 1978 - Mar. 18, 1979
Associate Producer
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