According to reports, producers and other workers for the Broadway musical, Chicago, launched an internal investigation into the death of one of their cast members after he was allegedly “bullied” by the show’s directors.
Jeff Loeffelholz, who performed in the musical for twenty-two years, killed himself supposedly because of mistreatment, and friends close to him subsequently launched the investigation.
A campaign created by Jeff’s friends called, “Justice For Jeff,” claims that the production director, Walter Bobbie, and the director, Leslie Stifelman, wanted to get rid of Mr. Loeffelholz, but he had a long withstanding contract so they couldn’t remove him from the roster.
Their only option was to torment him to the point where he would have no choice but to quit.
According to Fox News, the group claims that the director and writer forced Jeff to perform a brutal rehearsal over and over again, and would torment him about it, stating that he was always doing it incorrectly.
Loeffelholz wrote a series of notes that claimed they were mistreating him, and he took his own life a week later on the 29th of June. Since then, Page Six has learned that producers of the show hired a lawyer named Judd Burstein to investigate the allegations.
In a statement released to Fox, Burstein claimed that the producers were shocked and devastated by the news of his death.
They’re taking the matter incredibly serious and want to know what happened and why it happened. An insider said to Fox that this sort of thing is commonplace in the theater scene.
The insider who spoke with Fox claimed that no one can be directly blamed for a suicide, but the treatment of Broadway actors is a result of the fact that there are so many actors who will do whatever it takes to succeed. The person added that when a performer is dedicated or loyal to a production it almost makes them “unhirable.”