Law & Order: SVU showrunner Warren Leight reveals hit drama ‘trying to hire’ struggling Broadway actors amid pandemic
The producers on the hit show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit are doing their bit to help struggling actors amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
It appears the hit cop drama, which is based in New York, has been hiring stage actors who have been affected by Broadway closures from March 2020.
The NBC show shared their cast list for an upcoming episode, revealing that Hadestown stage star Eva Noblezada and Beetlejuice lead Alex Brightman would be part of the cast.
When a Twitter then user noticed the pattern and commented, “*so much broadway*” showrunner Warren Leight explained the move.
“We are trying to hire every Broadway actor we can while we and they wait for the curtains to rise again,” Leight tweeted.
In an interview with Deadline last week, Leight said the industry was doing it tough since its lights were turned off back in March, when the pandemic first swept through New York.
“We know how hard the community has been hit here,” he told the publication. “The goal is to get as many jobs to as many theatre actors as we possibly can.”
Other stage actors who will appear in Season 22 of SVU include Tony winner Adriane Lenox, Elizabeth Marvel and Michael Mastro.
Leight explained that the roles varied from one-day parts to integral characters, but the objective is to employ the stage actors so that they meet the minimum requirements for union health insurance.
Leight’s tweet was on the radar of many Broadway stars including Into The Woods’ Jennifer Mudge, who tweeted, “Warren, I feel like now is the time to tell you that only SVU is missing from my L&O trifecta completion. (Mothership twice!),” to which he responded, “On it.”
Tony nominee and Mamma Mia! stage star Carolee Carmellom also expressed her thanks, tweeting, “Much appreciated,” while West Side Story actor Danny Wolohan wrote, “Broadway’s Officer Krupke says thank you!”
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