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Theater people will march on Thursday to protest racism — and Scott Rudin.
Rudin, the producer of “The Book of Mormon” and the upcoming Hugh Jackman-led revival of “The Music Man,” among others, recently stepped aside from active participation in those shows after his alleged abusive workplace behavior was revealed by the Hollywood Reporter.
The bombshell report, which chronicled Rudin’s alleged history of bullying behavior, included claims that the “unhinged” producer once attacked an assistant.
Rudin has since issued an apology and on Tuesday announced that he’ll “step back” from his film and streaming projects.
“Much has been written about my history of troubling interactions with colleagues, and I am profoundly sorry for the pain my behavior caused to individuals, directly and indirectly,” Rudin said in a statement to the Washington Post. “I am now taking steps that I should have taken years ago to address this behavior.”
However, actors are hoping for more. Thursday’s rally, which begins at 1 p.m. in Columbus Circle, is called “March on Broadway,” and the organizers are encouraging participants to wear black shirts and have made specific demands of the Broadway League, a trade organization, and of Rudin himself.
The asks include:
“1. Scott Rudin to be removed from the Broadway League – If he is not removed from the Broadway League, we want restoration. We want Scott to publicly choose 20 [black, indigenous or people of color]-run theaters and donate a LARGE SUM [sic] of money to them.
“2. A full list of organizations that [Actors Equity] is working with to help black, indigenous, and [people of color] feel safer.
“3. A full report of how the 2020 Equity dues were spent and what percentage is being spent to help conversations around diversity.
“4. Achieve greater inclusion for trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming artists.
“5. We want visibility on how the national council votes for policies. We also want efforts to improve diversity within the council.
“6. We want to achieve greater inclusion for artists with visible and nonvisible differing abilities.”
A spokesman for Rudin had no comment. Reached by The Post, the Broadway League also had no comment.
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