UPDATE, with Moulin Rouge producers’ assertion Karen Olivo, the Tony-nominated star of Broadway hit musical Moulin Rouge!, is not going to return to the manufacturing when the business re-opens in protest of what she says is the business silence over the office harassment and abuse claims levied in opposition to movie and theater producer Scott Rudin.
“Social justice is more important than being the sparkling diamond,” referencing one among her large Moulin Rouge! numbers in a scathing Instagram video immediately. “Building a greater business for my college students is extra essential than me placing cash in my pockets. Building a greater business – I’m yelling now – constructing a greater business is extra essential than placing cash in my pockets.
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Moulin Rouge! producers – Global Creatures is the lead producer and Bill Damaschke is the manager producer – launched an announcement to Deadline confirming Olivo’s departure and expressing assist for the actress. (Rudin just isn’t a producer of Moulin Rouge!).
“We can confirm that Karen Olivo will not return to the production when the show resumes performances on Broadway,” the assertion reads. “Moulin Rouge! The Musical is forever indebted to Karen Olivo’s artistry, passion, and craft in creating the role of Satine on stage. We applaud and support Karen’s advocacy work to create a safe, diverse, and equitable theater industry for all. Karen has been an indelible influence on our show from its beginning, and words cannot properly express our gratitude. We wish Karen great success, and above all, love.”
Watch Olivo’s Instagram video under.
“For all of ya’ll who don’t hear me, the silence about Scott Rudin – unacceptable. Unacceptable,” Olivo mentioned. “That’s the easy one, ya’ll. That’s a monster. That should be a no-brainer…What is your integrity saying you should do? You going to protect your pocket book and let people go to the emergency room, so you can go to your next concert?”
Olivo’s announcement comes two days after three theater unions – SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity Association and American Federation of Musicians Local 802 – condemned office harassment and referred to as on “every corporate Board of Directors should be deeply alarmed by credible reports of long-standing, repeated violent and aggressive harassing behavior by individuals who hold high positions within a company or on a production and exercise management power over subordinates.”
Though the unions didn’t identify Rudin, the assertion adopted final week’s Hollywood Reporter story detailing allegations by 4 former staff of Rudin about what they are saying is the producer’s risky and typically violent habits. The staff described a poisonous office atmosphere through which the famously temperamental producer repeatedly berated, verbally, and in not less than one case, bodily, abused and fired assistants. The article included accounts of Rudin throwing objects like a potato, a tea cup, a stapler and a laptop computer throughout his mood tantrums and, in a single case, allegedly smashed a pc monitor onto an assistant’s hand, necessitating a visit to the emergency room.
In her announcement immediately, Olivo, who gained a Tony Award for her efficiency within the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story, addressed her colleagues and friends: “What is your integrity saying you should do? You going to protect your pocket book and let people go to the emergency room, so you can go to your next concert?”
Olivo is one among musical theater’s largest stars, having carried out within the Tony-winning In the Heights and the Chicago manufacturing of Hamilton. Until her announcement, she was anticipated to her lead position of Satine in Moulin Rouge!, for which she is presently nominated for a Tony.
“I could easily go back to a show and make a lot of money,” Olivo mentioned, “but I still wouldn’t be able to really control what I was putting out into the world.” The actress mentioned she was posting her assertion on Instagram as a result of “I don’t want anyone to spin why I’m not coming back to Moulin Rouge! You heard it from me.”
Olivo mentioned in her video that she was talking out partly “for my students who still dream about making art because they don’t know the bullshit that’s out here…I want a theater industry that matches my integrity. C’mon y’all, why don’t we go make it. It’s not here, obviously. Let’s go make it.”
Rudin has not commented on the allegations.
Moulin Rouge!, like all Broadway productions, is presently suspended as a result of Covid-19 pandemic shutdown. One of the most important hits of the 2019-20 Broadway season, the present is nominated for 14 Tony Awards, together with Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Olivo) and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Aaron Tveit, the only real nominee within the class). Nominations have been introduced final fall, however a ceremony date has not been set pending the resumption of Broadway performances.
Following Olivo’s assertion immediately, Hailey Kilgore, who acquired a 2018 Tony Award nomination for her position in Once on This Island and can subsequent be seen within the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, posted a four-part tweet saying, partly, “…I cannot help but think about the artists, stagehands, crew members who have YEARS and SHOWS on me who have stayed suffering in silence as they show up, show OUT, and stun audiences 8XS A WEEK. It breaks my heart to see that to some privilege, money, and fame is priority…If we aren’t united… What are we?”
The Broadway business preaches inclusivity, loving environments and equal alternatives. In some instances condemning TV/FILM world. There are locations the place that heat completely exists. But they’re too few and much between.
— HK (@HaileyKilgore) April 14, 2021