Hugh Jackman is COVID-19 positive, ‘Music Man’ Shows Cancelled
Hugh Jackman said today on Twitter that he has tested positive for the virus and will be quarantining and leaving his part in The Music Man at New York’s Winter Garden Theatre. In the message, a face-masked Jackman tells fans he has a “cold, scratchy throat, and a runny nose.” Aside from that, the actor claims he is fine and will do everything he can to get better.” Jackman also promised to return “on stage, heading to River City” as soon as he could.
Sutton Foster, Jackman’s co-star in The Music Man, recently tested positive for COVID. The musical, now in previews, cancelled both its Christmas Day and matinee performances. Kathy Voytko stepped in for Foster and “smashed it,” according to Foster.”
On December 23, after Voytko’s performance, Jackman stood up and gave a poignant remark, figuratively raising a drink to the often-overlooked swings. As he put it, they “watch from the corner of the room while we rehearse, while we get to practice over and over again. They just get to watch and write notes and then five hours before our performances they’re told, ‘You’re on.’”. So, when Voytko got the call, she was expected to know all eight roles, he told the crowded house that night.
The Music Man tells the story of con artist Harold Hill (Jackman) who visits River City and tries to deceive the locals into buying band uniforms and equipment. His plans alter when he falls for the town’s librarian, Marian Paroo (Foster), who is dubious of Hill’s intentions from the outset. The Music Man will be on hiatus until January 2 due to the illness spreading through the cast and quarantining both Jackman and Foster.
Before signing off, Jackman told his Twitter followers to “stay safe, be healthy, and be kind”. Even if Jackman can’t return to the show, his understudy will be warmly welcomed if it resumes on January 2.