Monday, June 17, 2024

“Music Man” Star Hugh Jackman Says Scott Rudin Has Stepped Away But There’s Trouble in River City with a Capital T

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“Music Man” star Hugh Jackman is not leaving the show, don’t worry. He’ll still be starring in the musical revival this winter even with the scandal surrounding producer Scott Rudin.

Jackman sent out a statement, all in CAPS, although I’m not sure that means he’s screaming. The statement below says basically Rudin is stepping back and they’re all moving on.

“I hope and pray this is a journey of healing for all the victims,” says Jackman, “and the community.”

It’s a tepid response, I think. I’m frankly a little surprised by it. There’s still trouble with a capital T in River City.

Here’s the statement:

“I WANT TO SAY HOW MUCH I RESPECT AND APPLAUD THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE SPOKEN UP ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH SCOTT RUDIN. IT TAKES AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF COURAGE AND STRENGTH TO STAND UP AND STATE YOUR TRUTH. THIS HAS STARTED A CONVERSATION THAT IS LONG OVERDUE, NOT JUST ON BROADWAY, AND THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, BUT ACROSS ALL WORKFORCE. THE MOST IMPORTANT VOICE WE NEEDED TO HEAR FROM WAS SCOTT RUDIN, HE HAS NOW SPOKEN UP AND STEPPED AWAY FROM THE MUSIC MAN . I HOPE AND PRAY THIS IS A JOURNEY OF HEALING FOR ALL THE VICTIMS AND THE COMMUNITY. WE ARE CURRENTLY REBUILDING THE MUSIC MAN TEAM AND ARE ASPIRING TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS NOT ONLY SAFE, BUT ENSURES THAT EVERYONE IS SEEN, HEARD AND VALUED. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN VERY IMPORTANT TO ME.”

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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