Maurice Rosenfield, a producer and prominent civil-liberties lawyer, died of heart failure Oct. 30 in Glencoe, Ill. He was 91.
With his late wife, Lois, Rosenfield produced “Barnum” (1980) on Broadway. Other legit credits in Gotham include “The Song of Jacob Zulu” (1993), “Singin’ in the Rain” (1986) and revivals of “The Glass Menagerie” (1983) with Jessica Tandy and “The Goodbye People” (1979). Off Broadway, he produced the William Finn musical “Falsettoland,” which transferred to Broadway in 1992 as “Falsettos.”
In 1973, Lois and Maurice Rosenfield produced the Robert DeNiro-starrer “Bang the Drum Slowly.”
Prior to his career as a producer, Rosenfield was principal outside attorney for Playboy in the 1950s, successfully fighting censorship in a number of locales. In a landmark first-amendment case, he represented Lenny Bruce before the Illinois appellate Court in 1964, winning the comedian an acquittal on obscenity charges.
Rosenfield was also the founding partner and general manager of Chicago’s WAIT 820 AM.
Rosenfield is survived by two sons.