Broadway star Karen Olivo protests Scott Rudin silence

NEW YORK – Tony Award-winner Karen Olivo says she won’t return to “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” when it reopens, expressing she’s frustrated by the Broadway industry and specifically the silence in the wake of revelations about the habits of producer Scott Rudin.

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” is not developed by Rudin but Olivo in an Instagram video posted Wednesday mentioned she was not coming back again to the strike exhibit to make a stand about social justice.

“Social justice is essentially extra significant than currently being the glowing diamond,” Olivo claimed. “Building a greater sector for my students is extra crucial than me placing money in my pockets.”

The shift arrives a 7 days just after The Hollywood Reporter’s address tale on Rudin contained accounts of the Broadway and Hollywood heavyweight throwing glass bowls, staples and baked potatoes at former workforce.


“What I’m viewing in this place suitable now, with our market, is that everyone is frightened, and no person is seriously executing a good deal of the things that requirements to be performed. People today are not talking out.”

Olivo mentioned the silence was “unacceptable” and criticized the enterprise design of Broadway, which she stated set gain above men and women.

“Let’s set our revenue with individuals who value human lifetime and regard human daily life. It can be straightforward,” claimed Olivo, who won a Tony in 2009 in “West Facet Story” landed a Tony nod this cycle for her operate in “Moulin Rouge.”

The revelations in The Hollywood Reporter also prompted the performers’ unions SAG-AFTRA, Actors Fairness and the American Federation of Musicians Neighborhood 802 to come collectively condemn illegal harassment and harassment that creates a harmful operate ecosystem for amusement staff.

Rudin, a single of the most profitable and impressive producers, with a heap of Oscars and Tonys to demonstrate for it, has prolonged been known for torturous treatment method of an ever-churning parade of assistants. Rudin, himself, hasn’t responded to the short article or The Related Press’ request for remark.



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