“I just wanted to make sure you heard this from me,” the actor, 53, said in the caption of a post on social media on Tuesday. I had a positive covid test. Mild symptoms, and I’m eager to go back on stage as soon as possible! “Wishing you a pleasant and healthy new year.”
Hugh Jackman is suffering from minor symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19, a new strain of the virus.
On December 5, Jackman announced that he had had his COVID-19 vaccination booster dose through Instagram.
The Music Man cast began their preview performances on Dec. 20. The show will officially open at the Winter Garden Theatre on Feb. 10, 2022.
Sutton Foster, his costar in Broadway’s The Music Man, revealed last week that she had tested positive for COVID, praising the understudies for stepping up. “I tested positive for COVID yesterday. Kathy Voytko found out around 12 p.m. Foster, 46, added, “And last night she went on for Marian Paroo and destroyed it.” I’m grateful to Kathy and our fantastic team. I’m grateful to all the swings and understudies who keep everything running smoothly.
The show announced Tuesday that performances are canceled through Jan. 1: “All tickets can be refunded or exchanged at point of purchase. Performances will resume on Sunday, January 2. Sending you warm wishes for the New Year from the entire company of The Music Man,” the show said in a statement.
In a speech given post-show last week, Jackman applauded Voytko, as well as the show’s other swings and understudies, who have allowed Broadway performances to go on amid the pandemic.
Jackman, who plays con man Harold Hill in the musical revival, brought attention to Voytko’s talent and dedication. “They all know 10 roles. Kathy, when she turned up at work, could have had any of eight roles, and it happened to be the leading lady,” two-time Tony Award winner Jackman said.
Jackman also revealed that Voytko hadn’t rehearsed the role of Paroo until the day of the show. She received a theater-wide round of applause and appeared to get emotional as the crowd cheered. His speech continued to show gratitude for the understudies who have balanced multiple roles throughout COVID. “I’m emotional because it humbles me — their courage, their brilliance, their dedication, their talent,” he said. “The swings, the understudies, they are the bedrock of Broadway.”