You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Out Of His League

Harvey Sabinson resigned March 1 as executive director of the League of American Theaters & Producers. Sabinson, 70, expressed a desire to turn the reins over to a younger leader, though people close to him say health considerations also figured in the decision. He retains his title until a successor is named – soon, he hopes.

Formerly one of Broadway’s top press agents – best known as David Merrick’s flack during the flamboyant producer’s heyday in the 1950s and ’60s – Sabinson joined the League in 1976 as special projects director and became executive director in 1982, when the trade group was still known as the League of New York Theaters & Producers.

Sabinson’s announcement comes as the League is about to begin critical negotiations with Local # 1 of the Intl. Assn. of Theatrical Stage Employees that could lead to a stagehands’ strike when the union’s contract expires this summer.

For the first time in recent memory, independent producers have wrested away some of the theater owners’ closely held negotiating powers; those producers, determined to change what they perceive to be costly and archaic work rules, will have a major presence in the negotiations, expected to commence this spring. The producers include Cameron Mackintosh, Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Walt Disney Co.

Sabinson’s colleagues paid him fine tribute, acknowledging his contributions to an organization populated by members with different and usually conflicting agendas. And even though he was occasionally nasty to me in print, I’m happy to add a “so long, see you on the rialto, pal.”

More Legit

  • Until the Flood review

    Off Broadway Review: 'Until the Flood,' a Docu-Drama Set in Ferguson, Mo.

    Harvey Sabinson resigned March 1 as executive director of the League of American Theaters & Producers. Sabinson, 70, expressed a desire to turn the reins over to a younger leader, though people close to him say health considerations also figured in the decision. He retains his title until a successor is named – soon, he […]

  • Turner, Warner Bros. Launching New Movie

    Turner, Warner Bros. Launching Movie SVOD Service FilmStruck Internationally

    Harvey Sabinson resigned March 1 as executive director of the League of American Theaters & Producers. Sabinson, 70, expressed a desire to turn the reins over to a younger leader, though people close to him say health considerations also figured in the decision. He retains his title until a successor is named – soon, he […]

  • Hello, Dolly! Bette Midler

    Broadway Box Office: Bette Midler, Bruce Springsteen Help Keep Street's Spirits High

    Harvey Sabinson resigned March 1 as executive director of the League of American Theaters & Producers. Sabinson, 70, expressed a desire to turn the reins over to a younger leader, though people close to him say health considerations also figured in the decision. He retains his title until a successor is named – soon, he […]

  • Keegan-Michael Key

    Stagecraft Podcast: Why Keegan-Michael Key Craves the Green Lights

    Harvey Sabinson resigned March 1 as executive director of the League of American Theaters & Producers. Sabinson, 70, expressed a desire to turn the reins over to a younger leader, though people close to him say health considerations also figured in the decision. He retains his title until a successor is named – soon, he […]

  • RWS Entertainment Group Marquee Holland America

    RWS Entertainment Launches Theatrical Development Department (EXCLUSIVE)

    Harvey Sabinson resigned March 1 as executive director of the League of American Theaters & Producers. Sabinson, 70, expressed a desire to turn the reins over to a younger leader, though people close to him say health considerations also figured in the decision. He retains his title until a successor is named – soon, he […]

  • John Lithgow Stories By Heart

    Broadway Review: 'John Lithgow: Stories by Heart'

    Harvey Sabinson resigned March 1 as executive director of the League of American Theaters & Producers. Sabinson, 70, expressed a desire to turn the reins over to a younger leader, though people close to him say health considerations also figured in the decision. He retains his title until a successor is named – soon, he […]

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Lin-Manuel Miranda to Receive Monte Cristo Award (EXCLUSIVE)

    Harvey Sabinson resigned March 1 as executive director of the League of American Theaters & Producers. Sabinson, 70, expressed a desire to turn the reins over to a younger leader, though people close to him say health considerations also figured in the decision. He retains his title until a successor is named – soon, he […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content