We lost a labor-er of love.
If you asked a bunch of Broadway Producers why they got into the theater business, you’d hear a long litany of responses . . . and you know what wouldn’t be anywhere on that list?
“I got in the business to negotiate labor agreements with unions!”
No Broadway Producer I know enjoys that process. And I’m sure the unions don’t love it either. But it’s an essential piece of the Broadway business, in order to make sure the Broadway industry standards and practices are fair and equitable for both sides.
And that’s why Broadway Producers need excelled labor attorneys with the sunniest of dispositions willing to get their hands muddy for us . . . over and over and over again.
That was Seth Popper.
I can’t even believe I have to use the past tense in that sentence. It sounds so cliche, but I just saw Seth walking down the street a couple of days ago, and then I got the news that this smilin’ superlawyer had passed away at the ridiculously young age of 47.
I’ve known Seth for years, from my days as a Company Manager when I’d call for an explanation of some fine print in a Local 764 contract. Not only was his analysis always astute, but he was asking for my opinion since I was in the trenches with the employees, always looking for ways to make things better . . . for everyone.
We’ll miss you Seth. But I’m sure you’ve negotiated the best seat at that big table upstairs.
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