Broadway Talks: What Professionals Think about Commercial Theater in America

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Harvey Sabinson, Representing Theater Owners and Producers

"The membership and officers of the League realized that the League had to take on some more important functions, that there were many problems besetting this industry, and that these problems had to deal with the theater's relation to government, the theater's inability to utilize modern technology, the theater's--at least the Broadway theater's--inability to deal with urban life and crime, particularly in the New York theater district."

Harvey Sabinson is executive director of the League of American Theaters and Producers, the national association of theatrical producers and theater operators. He joined the League in 1976 after twenty-seven years as a publicist representing performers, producers, and a large number of theaters, festivals, organizations, and institutions concerned with theater. He has set down, most entertainingly, some of his adventures in theatrical publicity in a book, Darling, You Were Wonderful.

Q: What are some of the most pressing issues facing the League today?

Sabinson: I have to go back into the history of the League. The League was created in 1930 for a totally different reason, some vague mission to deal with the problems brought about by ticket scalping in 1930. That function didn't become its prime raison d'etre. It then became a management organization very quickly which had to deal with negotiating of minimum basic agreements with sixteen different crafts and unions who function in the theater and it did that job for many years and still does that job. But in the early seventies, the membership and officers of the League realized that the League had to take on some more important functions, that there were many problems besetting this industry, and that these problems had to deal with the theater's relation to government, the theater's inability to utilize modern technology, the theater's--at least the Broadway theater's--inability to deal with urban life and crime, particularly in the New York theater district. So they decided to expand the functions of the League which I joined in 1976 as director of special

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction xv
  • Notes xxx
  • PRODUCING 1
  • 1 - Richard Horner, Producer 3
  • 2 - Bernard Jacobs, Theater Owner 17
  • 3 - Gerald Schoenfeld, Theater Owner 27
  • 4 - Emanuel Azenberg, Producer 35
  • 5 - Paul Libin, Producer 51
  • 6 - Nelle Nugent, Producer 63
  • 7 - Gary Gunas, Associate General Manager 73
  • 8 - Rocco Landesman, Theater Owner 89
  • DESIGNING 95
  • 9 - Charles Strouse, Composer 97
  • 10 - Patricia Zipprodt, Costume Designer 105
  • 11 - David Jenkins, Scene Designer 115
  • 12 - Stephen Schwartz, Director/Lyricist 125
  • LABOR AND MANAGEMENT 133
  • 13 - Willard Swire, Representing Actors 135
  • 14 - Harvey Sabinson, Representing Theater Owners and Producers 139
  • 15 - John Glasel, Representing Musicians 147
  • 16 - Harriet Slaughter, Representing Theater Owners and Producers 157
  • 17 - Robert Mcdonald, Representing Stagehands 163
  • WRITING 173
  • 18 - Joseph Stein, Playwright 175
  • 19 - A.R. Gurney, Jr., Playwright 185
  • 20 - David Henry Hwang, Playwright 199
  • Bibliography 209
  • Index 215
  • About the Author 225
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