Hugh Jackman: ‘Music Man’ is ‘rebuilding’ after Scott Rudin

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Hugh Jackman, star of the upcoming Broadway revival of “The Music Man,” has lastly spoken out concerning beleaguered producer Scott Rudin, who not too long ago stepped away from the high-profile manufacturing.

“I need to say how a lot I respect and applaud the those who have spoken up about their expertise working with Scott Rudin. It takes an infinite quantity of braveness and power to face up and state your reality,” the 52-year-old stage and display screen actor stated in an announcement Wednesday to the New York Occasions, two weeks after an exposé in regards to the highly effective producer.

“This has began a dialog that’s lengthy overdue, not simply on Broadway, and the leisure business however throughout all workforce,” he stated.

Acknowledging that Rudin had stepped away from the manufacturing however not elaborating, Jackman stated “The Music Man” is “rebuilding” its staff and goals to create an surroundings the place “everyone seems to be seen, heard and valued.”

The present is scheduled to begin previews Dec. 20, with a Feb. 19, 2022, opening.

Rudin was known as out, after years of unhealthy conduct, as an “absolute monster” in a Hollywood Reporter story revealed April 7. Among the many allegations: that the mogul threw issues at folks, together with a stapler and a baked potato; slammed a pc monitor down on an assistant’s hand; often berated and fired these working for him; and went by means of greater than 100 assistants in 5 years.

Ten days later, the “Guide of Mormon” and “Uncut Gems” producer despatched an announcement to the Washington Submit.

“A lot has been written about my historical past of troubling interactions with colleagues, and I’m profoundly sorry for the ache my conduct brought about to people, immediately and not directly,” Rudin wrote, partly, within the assertion. “After a interval of reflection, I’ve made the choice to step again from energetic participation on our Broadway productions, efficient instantly.”

He added, “I don’t need any controversy related to me to interrupt Broadway’s properly deserved return, or particularly, the return of the 1,500 folks engaged on these exhibits.”

However the Pay Up Hollywood Twitter account, which started as a hashtag on behalf of chronically underpaid business assistants, was not happy Wednesday with Jackman’s phrases alone.

“#ScottRudin will nonetheless be concerned (behind the scenes), nonetheless revenue off Music Man, and nonetheless escape accountability for the a long time of abuse he doled out and for the lives he ruined. We ask @RealHughJackman, #SuttonFoster & the Broadway/Hollywood communities to demand REAL change,” the group stated Wednesday in a tweet.

Tony-winning actor Karen Olivo, who’s been energetic within the motion to make American theater extra equitable and various, stated in an Instagram video final week that she wouldn’t return to the forged of “Moulin Rouge!” — a manufacturing unaffiliated with Rudin — when Broadway reopens.

“Constructing a greater business — I’m yelling now — constructing a greater business is extra necessary than placing cash in my pockets,” she stated.

However Jackman had a special opinion.

“An important voice we wanted to listen to from was Scott Rudin, he has now spoken up and stepped away from The Music Man,” he stated in his assertion. “I hope and pray this can be a journey of therapeutic for all of the victims and the group.”

Occasions theater critic Charles McNulty contributed to this report.

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