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Ashton Springer, first major Black producer on B’Way, dies at 82

Ashton Springer’s determination as a producer was evident at the very start of his career when he was given a copy of Charles Gordone’s play “No Place to Be Somebody.” It took him years to mount a production, and when it finally appeared in 1969, it made Springer a “somebody” to be reckoned with. Springer, 82, died Monday in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The cause was pneumonia, according to his son Caz.