The producers of Broadway musical “Chicago” have addressed the scandal over cast member Jeff Loeffelholz, who committed suicide a little over a week ago.
Pals of Loeffelholz — the longest serving actor in the production — have claimed that he was “bullied” by the show’s directors, and they argue that a recent grueling rehearsal may have pushed him to the brink.
In a statement to Page Six, the producers said, “Our company is deeply saddened by the loss of Jeff Loeffelholz, a 22-year member of our Chicago family.” They added that they are “aware there are concerns about a rehearsal preceding his passing” and said that “in light of that, with the support of Actors’ Equity, an independent attorney was hired to do an investigation. Until we learn the findings, we don’t have anything else to share.”
As we first reported, the production has hired Judd Burstein to look into the death of Loeffelholz, who was a standby actor. Meanwhile, the producers said, their “focus at the moment is on healing” and said they have offered grief counseling to cast members. They also said that the production is working with the current cast to “pay tribute to Jeff.”
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