‘Chicago’ musical director changed after suicide scandal


Longtime musical director of “Chicago” Leslie Stifelman — who was embroiled in a scandal over the summer season when a solid member dedicated suicide — has been changed, Web page Six has realized.

When veteran solid member Jeff Loeffelholz died in June, buddies and colleagues launched a marketing campaign claiming that he had been bullied by the present’s director, Walter Bobbie, and Stifelman.

Each the producers and a number of unions launched investigations into the claims. We now have no data to recommend Stifelman was discovered to be at fault by any of the inves­tigations.

However sources aware of the scenario inform Web page Six that solid members have been irked when Stifelman returned to work instantly after the allegations have been made towards her.

And when she took a depart from the present to work on one other venture, a vote was taken, asking the solid and crew if Stifelman ought to return to the manufacturing, a supply stated.
We’re advised the voters stated she mustn’t. (Stifelman and the producers wouldn’t touch upon whether or not the vote occurred.)

Now we’re advised that Stifelman has been changed by Rob Bowman, who had lengthy been the conductor and musical director for Elaine Stritch.

Bobbie has remained with the manufacturing, we’re advised.

Stifelman advised us Friday: “A lot of the data that you’ve got . . . is inaccurate, however I think that what you might be being advised varies from individual to individual. With that stated, and on your use, when you select to report, be happy to make use of this as my remark.”

Nevertheless, she declined to inform us what data she thought of to be inaccurate or to supply different data that she considers to be correct.

In the meantime, the producers of “Chicago” advised us, “Leslie Stifelman left to pursue different alternatives and the parting was amicable,” however declined to remark additional.

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