A Broadway producer who worked at the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven died on Saturday after a short illness, according the theater's press director.

Roy Miller, 52, of New York, was instrumental in bringing the troubled Long Beach Island theater out of bankruptcy in 2011 as its artistic director and producer decades after working there as an apprentice in the 1970s.

He produced at least nine Broadway shows, according to the Internet Broadway Database, including last year's "A Christmas Story: The Musical."

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He also produced revivals of "Ragtime" and "West Side Story."

"His dream came true," said Charlie Seidenburg, of West New York, who serves as press director at the Surflight.

Seidenburg, a family friend, said he learned Sunday of Miller's death from Miller's family.

"I have known Roy for over 15 years. He was the one who brought me to the Surflight Theatre," he said. "He pursued his love of theater, doing musicals and community theater in Irvington."

Miller was born in Irvington, Essex County, in 1960. Before going to Broadway, he worked at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, Essex County.

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