Broadway star Karen Olivo protests Scott Rudin silence
NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award-winner Karen Olivo says she received’t return to “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” as soon as it reopens, saying she’s pissed off by the Broadway business and particularly the silence within the wake of revelations concerning the habits of producer Scott Rudin.
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” just isn’t produced by Rudin however Olivo in an Instagram video posted Wednesday mentioned she was not coming again to the hit present to make a stand about social justice.
“Social justice is definitely extra necessary than being the glowing diamond,” Olivo mentioned. “Constructing a greater business for my college students is extra necessary than me placing cash in my pockets.”
The transfer comes every week after The Hollywood Reporter’s cowl story on Rudin contained accounts of the Broadway and Hollywood heavyweight throwing glass bowls, staples and baked potatoes at former staff.
“What I’m seeing on this area proper now, with our business, is that everyone is scared, and no person is absolutely doing loads of the stuff that must be accomplished. Folks aren’t talking out.”
Olivo mentioned the silence was “unacceptable” and criticized the enterprise mannequin of Broadway, which she mentioned put revenue over folks.
“Let’s put our cash with individuals who worth human life and respect human life. It is easy,” mentioned Olivo, who received a Tony in 2009 in “West Aspect Story” landed a Tony nod this cycle for her work in “Moulin Rouge.”
The Broadway present tweeted its assist for Olivo, saying “We applaud and assist Karen’s advocacy work to create a secure, various and equitable theater business for all.”
The revelations in The Hollywood Reporter additionally prompted the performers’ unions SAG-AFTRA, Actors Fairness and the American Federation of Musicians Native 802 to return collectively condemn unlawful harassment and harassment that creates a poisonous work surroundings for leisure staff.
Rudin, one of the vital profitable and highly effective producers, with a heap of Oscars and Tonys to point out for it, has lengthy been identified for torturous remedy of an ever-churning parade of assistants. Rudin, himself, hasn’t responded to the article or The Related Press’ request for remark.
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