Kathleen Raitt, Nederlander Executive, Dies

By Robert Simonson
17 Mar 2014

Kathleen Raitt, a producer and executive with the theatre-owning Nederlander Organization, died March 15.



Ms. Raitt produced several productions on Broadway, including three Frank Wildhorn musicals: Bonnie and Clyde, The Civil War and The Scarlet Pimpernel. The latter two won her nominations for Tony Awards. After James Nederlander Jr. heard some songs from Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde, wrote the New York Times in 2011, the producer asked Ms. Raitt to set up an office for the composer.

Also on Broadway, she was an associate producer of James Whitmore's Bully, Peter Allen's Legs Diamond and Grand Hotel.

She also co-produced tours of Carousel; Kiss Me, Kate; Camelot; and Seesaw, all starring her former husband, the musical theatre star John Raitt.

Before taking up producing, she was a professional dancer, worked as a press representative, and in personal, stage and company management.

She was a founder of the Astaire Awards for Excellence in Dance and a member of the board of the Theatre Hall of Fame.