‘Chicago’ musical director replaced after suicide scandal

Longtime musical director of “Chicago” Leslie Stifelman — who was embroiled in a scandal over the summer when a cast member committed suicide — has been replaced, Page Six has learned.

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

Both the producers and multiple unions launched investigations into the claims. We have no information to suggest Stifelman was found to be at fault by any of the inves­tigations.

But sources familiar with the situation tell Page Six that cast members were irked when Stifelman returned to work immediately after the allegations were made against her.

And when she took a leave from the show to work on another project, a vote was taken, asking the cast and crew if Stifelman should return to the production, a source said.
We’re told the voters said she should not. (Stifelman and the producers would not comment on whether the vote happened.)

Now we’re told that Stifelman has been replaced by Rob Bowman, who had long been the conductor and musical director for Elaine Stritch.

Bobbie has remained with the production, we’re told.

Stifelman told us Friday: “Much of the information that you have . . . is inaccurate, but I suspect that what you are being told varies from person to person. With that said, and for your use, if you choose to report, feel free to use this as my comment.”

However, she declined to tell us what information she considered to be inaccurate or to offer alternative information that she considers to be accurate.

Meanwhile, the producers of “Chicago” told us, “Leslie Stifelman left to pursue other opportunities and the parting was amicable,” but declined to comment further.

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