The Music Man organizers revealed on Monday that Hugh Jackman has been tested positive for COVID-19 and would miss performances of the Broadway show from June 14 to 21.
Hugh Jackman played “Seventy-Six Trombones” with the cast of the current production, which he co-directs with Sutton Foster, at the Tony Awards. He was also nominated for best actor in a musical, which he lost to Myles Frost for his work in “MJ,” and sat in the front row without a mask throughout the event.
He posted a video on his Twitter account.
This is Jackman’s second fight against COVID-19. They earlier cancelled The Music Man shows at the end of December 2021 when Jackman tested positive.
All guests of the event were asked to submit confirmation of vaccination and a negative PCR COVID test done within 48 hours of the start of the ceremony, according to Tony Awards organizers. However, masks were optional for orchestra seats but obligatory in the mezzanine. “The Music Man,” like many other Broadway plays, demands performers to get tested for the virus on a regular basis.
While Jackman is in quarantine, Max Clayton will play Professor Harold Hill for the Broadway performance. Producer Kate Horton said in a statement.
Once again, standbys and understudies save the day and, in this case, it’s Max Clayton to the rescue. We’re excited to see him perform alongside the wonderful Sutton Foster and we wish Hugh a speedy recovery.
The revival of the Meredith Willson musical was a box office triumph, establishing a record for the biggest week of ticket sales since the start of the COVID epidemic, grossing $3.5 million during the week of March 22. In addition to Jackman’s best actor nomination, the show got five additional Tony Award nominations, but did not win any of them.