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

Hugh Jackman, star of the upcoming Broadway revival of “The Music Man,” has lastly spoken out concerning beleaguered producer Scott Rudin, who lately stepped away from the high-profile manufacturing.

“I need to say how a lot I respect and applaud the people 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 fact,” the 52-year-old stage and display screen actor stated in an announcement Wednesday to the New York Occasions, two weeks after an exposé concerning 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 crew and goals to create an atmosphere the place “everyone seems to be seen, heard and valued.”

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

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

Ten days later, the “E-book of Mormon” and “Uncut Gems” producer despatched an announcement to the Washington Put up.

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

He added, “I don’t want any controversy related to me to interrupt Broadway’s nicely deserved return, or particularly, the return of the 1,500 individuals 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 glad 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 many years 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 lively 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 solid 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 essential than placing cash in my pockets,” she stated.

However Jackman had a distinct opinion.

“Crucial 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 neighborhood.”

Occasions theater critic Charles McNulty contributed to this report.

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