Broadway Casting Director Fired for Sexual Misconduct

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leefowler said: "Is it wrong for a Broadway director to invite cute chorus boys to his Fire Island house? It seems like that would be the best part of being a Broadway director."

No.

But it's wrong to force yourself on them or coerce them into having sex in exchange for the promise of employment.

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Kad said: "leefowler said: "Is it wrong for a Broadway director to invite cute chorus boys to his Fire Island house? It seems like that would be the best part of being a Broadway director."

No.

But it's wrong to force yourself on them or coerce them into having sex in exchange forthe promise ofemployment.
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It also can create a lot of pressure for those wanting roles to go to these parties. If you see that the ten people who went out to The Pines party all ended up getting hired, even if they all went consensually and even happily, then you might feel the only way to land a role is to go out to one of these parties too. It can create a culture where people feel like sex is just part of the bargain- even if they’re attracted and into it- to get cast in a show. 

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And let's face it- this person we are alluding to has done a lot in his career to form expectations for what modern chorus boys look like (like underwear models).

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"It can create a culture where people feel like sex is just part of the bargain- even if they’re attracted and into it- to get cast in a show."

What's all this "CAN" create stuff?

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Those more concerned about the fate of their favorite show or director should be ashamed. We, as a society, have entered a new era. We're finally confronting and believing and pursuing, rather than denying and shaming. Don't be on the wrong side of history. Support the victims and focus on their recovery. We're talking about human beings here. A musical on Broadway pales in comparison. 

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Here here, Liza. As Lea Salonga mentioned on Twitter: "Broadway will survive." There is a pervasive culture in the theater world, where men promise all sorts of things to actors in exchange for sex. I've experienced it as well as many other performers I know. Its always a very pressured situation, and if the coming exposures start the much needed progress towards changing this environment then I'm all for it. 

Also: does anyone else find it weird that Playbill is the only major Broadway outlet reporting this? BroadwayWorld, Theatermania, Broadway.com are all radio silence. They'll only be able to avoid mentioning it for so long (aka Monday) before they will look silly.

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MayAudraBlessYou2 said: "Also: does anyone else find it weird that Playbill is the only major Broadway outlet reporting this? BroadwayWorld, Theatermania, Broadway.com are all radio silence. They'll only be able to avoid mentioning it for so long (aka Monday) before they will look silly."

BWW has a story on it, paraphrasing Variety.

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Broadway-Casting-Director-Terminated-Over-Sexual-Misconduct-Allegations-20171130

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wssinsider said: "Also the producers of the “My fair Lady” have also let go Telsey and company. They are not longer Casting the show.
So far Hello Dolly and My Fair lady have switched casting directors.
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Telsey & Co have been let go from Carousel as well.

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disneybroadwayfan22 said: "My only hope is that child actors aren’t among victims."

Should we really start making up worst case scenarios? 

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I have very few connections directly to New York theatre so I am fascinated to see who is exposed on Monday. I can only imagine this will just be the beginning.
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haterobics said: "disneybroadwayfan22 said: "My only hope is that child actors aren’t among victims."

Should we really start makingup worst case scenarios?
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https://twitter.com/JennyHatch/status/936579915213705216

 

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phan24 said: "wssinsider said: "Also the producers of the “My fair Lady” have also let go Telsey and company. They are not longer Casting the show.
So far Hello Dolly and My Fair lady have switched casting directors.
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Telsey & Co have been let go fromCarousel as well.
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Sounds like all Rudin productions will move from Telsey.

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Anakela said: "haterobics said: "disneybroadwayfan22 said: "My only hope is that child actors aren’t among victims."

Should we really start makingup worst case scenarios?
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https://twitter.com/JennyHatch/status/936579915213705216


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That woman also seems very wrapped up in Pizzagate, so I wouldn't take her to be a serious journalist.

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Also: does anyone else find it weird that Playbill is the only major Broadway outlet reporting this? BroadwayWorld, Theatermania, Broadway.com are all radio silence. They'll only be able to avoid mentioning it for so long (aka Monday) before they will look silly

 

Um...BroadwayWorld and Variety posted articles on it YESTERDAY. Also NJ.com, the Daily News and NewNowNext.

GoogleNews is your friend.

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That twitter account is BONKERS.

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phan24 said: "wssinsider said: "Also the producers of the “My fair Lady” have also let go Telsey and company. They are not longer Casting the show.
So far Hello Dolly and My Fair lady have switched casting directors.
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Telsey & Co have been let go fromCarousel as well.
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Good.   

 

And I whole-heartedly agree with Liza's Handbag's last post.  100%

 

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Why is everyone so happy about Telsey being fired from shows, when they fired their accused employee? Am I missing something? Is the entire organization forever tainted by just having once had such an employee?

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No one seems particularly happy about it.

The implication from earlier in this thread was that there's more to this than Huff being let go.

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newintown said: "Why is everyone so happy about Telsey being fired from shows, when they fired their accused employee? Am I missing something? Is the entire organization forever tainted by just having once had such an employee?"

This is what I'm not understanding either. Is this a notoriously pervasive issue with the entire Telsey company? Seems weird to remove the whole agency's involvement from a show because of the actions of one director who's been fired. 

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"No one seems particularly happy about it."

Well, dramamama611 just wrote "Good" in response to Telsey being let go from My Fair Lady and Carousel... That sounds "happy," doesn't it?

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Just like Weinstein....there is NO way they didn't know about it, and looked the other way.    And it's unlikely that he's the only one.  There was talk...someone here even confirmed it.  

 

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Elsewhere in this thread, it is mentioned as a being a part of the prevailing culture at that office. 

 

I don't know, I'm no longer an actor and have never auditioned for them. But things have been said in this thread alone. 

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newintown said: "Why is everyone so happy about Telsey being fired from shows, when they fired their accused employee? Am I missing something? Is the entire organization forever tainted by just having once had such an employee?"

 

Thank you.  Although I'm not at all surprised by it, I really don't get the lynch mob mentality of many in this thread.  So much joy with each new ALLEGATION and gleeful grabbing of pitchforks and torches.  The east and west coast liberal factions are now so focused on turning on their own in these sex scandals, and the media is practically ignoring the important things --- like the republican tax bill and health care --- which is exactly what the repugs want. 

 

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I guess "guilty by rumor until proven innocent" is the new normal.