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‘Moulin Rouge!’ star Karen Olivo won’t return, slams Broadway’s Scott Rudin silence

The Broadway lights are dimming for Karen Olivo’s run as Satine in “Moulin Rouge!”

The Tony-winning actress and singer introduced Wednesday on Instagram that she’s leaving the beloved musical, explaining in a prolonged and fiery video publish that she won’t return to the manufacturing in protest. 

The 44-year-old claimed that she’s exiting the Broadway present resulting from trade silence over the harassment and abuse allegations in opposition to famed movie and theater producer Scott Rudin.

“Moulin Rouge!” producers confirmed Olivo’s exit in a press release to The Put up.

“We are able to affirm that Karen Olivo won’t return to the manufacturing when the present resumes performances on Broadway,” a consultant mentioned. “‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ is eternally indebted to Karen Olivo’s artistry, ardour, and craft in creating the position of Satine on stage. We applaud and help Karen’s advocacy work to create a secure, numerous, and equitable theater trade for all. Karen has been an indelible affect on our present from its starting, and phrases can’t correctly categorical our gratitude. We want Karen nice success, and above all, love.” 

Earlier this month, a number of of Rudin’s ex-staffers got here ahead and detailed his alleged abusive conduct within the office. Ex-employees revealed to the Hollywood Reporter that in 2012, Rudin, 62, allegedly smashed an Apple laptop monitor on an assistant’s hand, touchdown him within the emergency room and leaving the remainder of the workers shaken. One other employee claimed that the “Social Community” producer threw a baked potato at his head when he didn’t know the reply to a query.

“Humanity is extra vital than my checking account,” Olivo captioned the five-minute video. 

“Social justice is extra vital than being the glowing diamond,” Olivo started within the clip, referencing one in every of her most well-known “Moulin Rouge!” musical numbers. “Constructing a greater trade for my college students is extra vital than me placing cash in my pockets. Constructing a greater trade – I’m yelling now – constructing a greater trade is extra vital than placing cash in my pockets.”

The “Hamilton” actress added: “For all of ya’ll who don’t hear me, the silence about Scott Rudin – unacceptable. Unacceptable. That’s the straightforward one, ya’ll. That’s a monster. That ought to be a no brainer.”

Karen Olivo, pictured here with Aaron Tveit, got a Tony nomination in 2020 for originating the lead role of Satine in “Moulin Rouge!”
Karen Olivo, pictured right here with Aaron Tveit, received a Tony nomination in 2020 for originating the lead position of Satine in “Moulin Rouge!”

Olivo then conveyed a message to colleagues, asking, “What’s your integrity saying it’s best to do? You going to guard your pocketbook and let individuals go to the emergency room, so you may go to your subsequent live performance?”

The stage starlet gained the 2009 Tony Award for Finest Featured Actress in a Musical for her efficiency as Anita within the Broadway revival of “West Facet Story.” She then earned a Tony nomination in 2020 for originating the lead position of Satine in “Moulin Rouge!” 

Whereas Rudin isn’t instantly concerned in “Moulin Rouge!,” the Oscar winner is an enormous participant on the planet of theater. His current exhibits embody “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Hi there, Dolly!” and “The E book of Mormon.”

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