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Ashton Springer: Broadway dims lights in memory

The Broadway community mourns the loss of prominent producer Ashton Springer, who passed away on 15 Jul 2013 at age 82. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory on 24 Jul 2013, at exactly 8pm, for one minute. Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League said,

"A producer or co-producer of numerous Broadway shows in the 1970s and early '80s, Ashton Springer produced plays and musicals by and about African-Americans that brought both black and white audiences to Broadway. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Springer produced plays ranging from 'No Place to Be Somebody' (Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1970) to the Tony Award nominated 'Bubbling Brown Sugar' (1976). His 1977 all-black revival of 'Guys and Dolls' was also Tony Award nominated. Other Broadway productions included 'Eubie!,' 'Whoopee!,' 'Inacent Black,' 'Going Up,' 'Cold Storage' and Athol Fugard's 'A Lesson From Aloes.'

Springer went to high school in The Bronx and attended Ohio State University.

He is survived by a sister and two sons.

Ashton Springer

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