To Protest Scott Rudin, Broadway Star Karen Olivo Won’t Return to ‘Moulin Rouge’


Broadway star Karen Olivo says she received’t return to “Moulin Rouge” as soon as the musical reopens. She’s leaving her Tony-nominated function in protest of the theater trade’s silence on allegations of office harassment and abuse leveled in opposition to the prolific theater producer Scott Rudin.

“I could easily go back to the show and make a lot of money, but I still wouldn’t be able to control what I was putting out into the world,” Olivo mentioned Wednesday by way of Instagram Live. “And what I’m seeing in this space right now, with our industry, is that everybody is scared, and nobody is really doing a lot of the stuff that needs to be done. People aren’t speaking out.”

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She particularly referred to as out the habits of Rudin, who was the topic of a scathing expose within the Hollywood Reporter. The report, revealed earlier in April, detailed cases of alleged abusive habits to his staff, together with tantrums, racist outbursts and violent habits.

“The silence about Scott Rudin — unacceptable,” she mentioned. “That one’s easy, y’all. That’s a monster. That should be a no-brainer. Those of you that say you’re scared, what are you afraid of? Shouldn’t you be more afraid of not saying something and more people getting hurt?”

Though Rudin didn’t have a hand within the stage model of “Moulin Rouge,” he’s one in all Broadway’s most profitable producers. Before Broadway went darkish because of the pandemic, “Moulin Rouge” was some of the well-liked exhibits on the Great White Way and obtained quite a few Tony Award nominations.

“Social justice is actually more important than being the sparkling diamond,” Olivo mentioned. “Building a better industry for my students is more important than me putting money in my pockets.”

She inspired folks to apply humanity and reiterated that cash shouldn’t be the motivating consider folks’s actions.

“People are more important than your pocketbook,” she concluded. “I desire a theater trade that matches my integrity. It’s not right here, clearly. Let’s go make it.

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