A smiling fighter of a Producer says farewell.

Kathleen RaittI first met Kathleen Raitt at a Nederlander Holiday Party back when I was a Company Manager, although I had seen her at several industry events before that.  She was easy to spot . . . she had fiery red hair, and a smile even brighter.  “Who is that?” I remember asking a peer the first time I spotted her at one conference or another.  “Oh, that’s Kathleen Raitt . . . she’s a Producer, a big wig at the Nederlander Organization, and she was married to John Raitt.”

I remember thinking, “I know what he saw in her.”

And when I first introduced myself at that holiday party, I understood it even more.

She loved the theater, of course, like you wouldn’t believe (I used to think that red hair of hers got its color from the incredible passion she had for Broadway).  And what was awesome was for as many years as she had been in this slap-you-around business, she still had the positivity of a kid that just got off the bus from Indiana.

Years later, we were having lunch and, with that smile on her face, she told me of two of her biggest fights.  One, with an illness.  It was serious, she said.  Very.  And there was a time when she wasn’t sure she’d make it.  But she smiled and fought her way through, and there she was sitting and having lunch with me.  “Cheers,” we both said.

Then she told me how she was fighting to get her last show up on its feet.  She had been working on Bonnie & Clyde and it had been a struggle.  She was worried about the last chunk of money.  But she was determined to get to that opening night.  And she smiled and said she’d find a way.  And she did.

We lost Kathleen over the weekend.  And in a business filled with a lot of folks who don’t smile enough, I can’t help but feel we’re like a marquee with one of our bulbs burnt out.

We’ll miss you, Kathleen.  We’ll miss you.  But I promise to try and keep on smilin’ and fightin’ every single day, just the way you’d want me to.

 

(Got a comment? I love ‘em, so comment below! Email Subscribers, click here then scroll down to say what’s on your mind!)

– – – –

FUN STUFF:

– Want a Producing primer?  Take the first-ever Producing 101 Tele-Seminar!  You can participate no matter where you are in the world!  Learn more.

– Win tickets to see The Bardy Bunch!  Click here  to cast your favorite sitcom character in a Shakespeare play and win.

– Want to learn about Broadway Investing?  Click here to sign up for Broadway Investing 101 on Saturday 4/12.

Tags:
Comments
  • Sorry, Ken. You lost one of your touchstone
    people. The world feels a little odd when
    that happens. Fortunately, you seem to have
    that same passion in you that kept Ms. Raitt
    going. Congratulations that you knew her.
    And sympathy that she’s gone. She probably knew
    that you felt like this about her. Good!

  • Ken, that was poignant and simply beautiful. She sounded like an amazing woman and you seem to be a sweet part of her great legacy. Your blogs are always positive, uplifting and full of energy. Thank you for sharing such a heartfelt goodbye.

  • Paula says:

    Thank you for telling us about Kathleen Raitt.
    I always admired John Raitt. Now that I’ve learned about Ms. Raitt, I can see that they shared a
    special relationship. It’s wonderful that they both gave so much to the “world of music”. It is a great loss for you and all of the entertainment
    world. I feel your sorrow. Please extend my
    sympathy to Kathleen’s family.

  • Bruce Whitacre says:

    Thank you, Ken, for your moving tribute to one of our most gracious and accomplished producers. Kathleen really was a gem, and was so very gracious and generous. Her support for artists and their vision was unflagging, and she made the business side of theatre feel like a place as magical as the stage itself. We will miss her very much.

  • Stuart Green says:

    My condolences – I thank you for sharing and am glad that you got to spend some quality time with her over the years.

  • Caitlin O'Heaney says:

    Ken,

    What a beautiful tribute. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting or working with Kathleen, your poetic words, filled with love and admiration,seemed to put her energy onto the page. Thank you for sharing and I send you my condolences on the loss of your friend.

  • Wonderful items from you, man. I’ve have in mind your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely wonderful. I actually like what you’ve received here, really like what you’re stating and the way in which by which you assert it. You’re making it entertaining and you continue to care for to stay it wise. I can not wait to learn far more from you. This is actually a great web site.

  • Air-soft and PaintBall are a couple of well known inside a commercial sense obtainable guns that aim at games. Children and game enthusiasts in shooting kinds of games use these two guns. Air-soft was invented in Japan around 1970 and PaintBall was invented within the U . s . States. Now, Air-soft guns may also be produced in China, that has reduced the marketplace of Air-soft guns in Japan. In the following paragraphs we have a description from the variations among both of those guns.

  • wowgold says:

    deliver wowgold 90% of your wintertime. wish some people arrived 50 percent of capacities.

  • My spouse and i far too believe this pulls which Stones do not offer an uninstaller for your Kontiki application. Therefore i’m at present waiting some sort of ca off their techies to express with me the best way to erase it. Can keep anyone submitted.

  • hi there, Hey please help me change the elgg, interpersonal flashlight theme to at least one. 7 You should i want to realize that site inside mod for you to edit to produce my personal format with the active performance You must build your own ‘layouts’. Ex., directly into document ‘views

  • many thanks all of info about hidden bing checker’ although does anyone discover how to check into which usually aol chat room someone will be on-line?

  • For some reason, I use this kind of difficult experience with one of these awful captcha requirements. Therefore delighted this spot doesnt’ utilize it! You can almost never examine these people!

  • to become set up, are actually are usually break free along with up until now (low bandwidth lids, Deeply Box Inspection, bandwidth throttling as well as carriers are significantly obtaining high-priced as well as agotable systems in which assimilate serious supply evaluation systems. To be able to offset equipment expenses, the providers usually are encouraged to make use of their very own consumible equipment for you to It’s actually a great in addition to valuable bit of information. We are contented you distributed this kind of beneficial facts with our value. Make sure you continue to be us all informed similar to this. Appreciate your revealing.

  • whole of the UK but of course most of our work is in London .

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

X