Scott Rudin, a strong Broadway producer dealing with renewed accusations of bullying, apologized Saturday for “troubling interactions with colleagues” and mentioned he would step other than “lively participation” in his present exhibits.
Rudin, who has gained a raft of awards for status productions not solely onstage but additionally in Hollywood, was dealing with renewed scrutiny over a protracted historical past of tyrannical habits towards staff in his workplace following a current article in The Hollywood Reporter. He made his apology in a written assertion first given to The Washington Publish.
“After a interval of reflection, I’ve made the choice to step again from lively participation on our Broadway productions, efficient instantly,” he mentioned within the assertion. “My roles shall be crammed by others from the Broadway group and in numerous instances, from the roster of members already in place on these exhibits.”
He acknowledged the issues about his habits, with out detailing it. By means of a spokesman, he declined a request for an interview.
“A lot has been written about my historical past of troubling interactions with colleagues, and I’m profoundly sorry for the ache my habits prompted to people, instantly and not directly,” he mentioned within the assertion. “I’m now taking steps that I ought to have taken years in the past to deal with this habits.”
Rudin had a large slate of initiatives within the works, and his transfer seems supposed to permit these initiatives to proceed with out the distraction of protests about his habits.
Essentially the most anticipated of his new initiatives was a revival of “The Music Man,” starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, that was scheduled to start previews Dec. 20 and open Feb. 10.
However he additionally had three exhibits working earlier than the coronavirus pandemic shut down Broadway that had been candidates to reopen as soon as full-capacity industrial theater rebounds in New York: “The Guide of Mormon,” a protracted working and profitable hit musical; “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a profitable stage adaptation of the Harper Lee novel; and “West Aspect Story,” an adventurous revival of the beloved basic.
“My passionate hope and expectation is that Broadway will reopen efficiently very quickly, and that the various gifted artists related to it’s going to as soon as once more start to thrive and share their artistry with the world,” he mentioned within the assertion. “I don’t need any controversy related to me to interrupt Broadway’s nicely deserved return, or particularly, the return of the 1,500 folks engaged on these exhibits.”
Rudin, 62, has for years been a dominant determine within the American leisure business. He’s among the many handful of individuals often called EGOTs by advantage of profitable Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards, and he was capable of mix a eager eye for casting with relationships within the movie and theater industries to place collectively many starry initiatives in each industries.
Though for a time he labored as a studio govt in Hollywood, lately a lot of his highest profile initiatives have been onstage.
However he has been dogged for many years by stories that he threatened, verbally abused, and threw objects at individuals who work in his workplace. And in industries with a protracted historical past of tolerating poor habits by individuals who produce good artwork, he has largely continued to thrive.
Just lately, he has been lively as a producer of NY PopsUp, a sequence of performances funded by the state in an effort to remind folks of the worth of performing arts and to make use of some artists in the course of the pandemic.
However over the past week, following the publication of the newest story about his habits, some performers had begun to publicly categorical issues about his dominant position within the business. When Karen Olivo, a Tony-nominated star of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” which was not produced by Rudin, introduced a plan final week to not return to that present when performances resume, Olivo known as on others to talk up about Rudin, saying, “The silence about Scott Rudin: unacceptable.”