b. 28 August 1919, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 8 May 1995, Los Angeles, California, USA. Martin was raised in Los Angeles, where he studied journalism. His first job was as a page at the CBS radio station, eventually rising to be head of the corporation’s comedy production unit. He met Cy Feuer, with whom he formed a lifelong working relationship. Together they produced numerous Broadway musicals, among them several huge hits. Martin’s first Broadway production was Where’s Charley? (1948), a 792-performance success, followed by four record-breaking shows co-produced with Feuer, Guys And Dolls (1950), which won a Tony Award as Best Musical, Can-Can (1953), The Boy Friend (1954) and Silk Stockings (1955). In 1958 Martin produced Whoop-Up, for which he wrote the book. The following year he and Feuer produced The Sound Of Music, which ran for 1, 443 performances. Next came How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (1961), winning Tony Awards as Best Musical and for Martin as Best Producer Of A Musical, and Little Me (1962), which brought Tony nominations in the same categories.
Despite its name, Feuer & Martin Musicals, Inc., their company also produced straight drama, such as Arturo Ui (1963) and Hamlet (1964). The musical Skyscraper came in 1965 and was nominated for a Tony as Best Musical, and in 1967 Martin produced Walking Happy, also Tony nominated. In October that year, Martin and Feuer produced Marlene Dietrich’s one-woman show. He also produced the play, The Goodbye People (1968) and, with Feuer, the musical, The Act (1977). In films, Martin was producer or co-producer for Where’s Charley? (1952), Guys And Dolls (1955), Piaf (1974) and A Chorus Line (1985).