Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022

Hugh Jackman Tests COVID Positive, Will Skip 'The Music Man' Shows

Hugh Jackman has tested COVID positive. The standby actor Max Clayton will perform the role of Professor Harold Hill in 'The Music Man' alongside Sutton Foster from June 14-21.

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A day after performing at the 2022 Tony Awards, actor Hugh Jackman tested positive for COVID for the second time. Following his diagnosis, he will not perform in the Broadway shows of 'The Music Man' production.

Jackman, who gave a health update to fans and followers on Monday night, said standby actor Max Clayton will perform the role of Professor Harold Hill alongside Sutton Foster, in all performances of Meredith Willson's musical comedy from June 14-21.

Jackman, 53, is fully vaccinated with a booster shot.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Kate Horton wished Jackman recovers soon. "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," Horton said.

Jackman first tested COVID-19 positive in December 2021 a week after Foster came down with the virus, following which he was also forced to cancel performances of the same show. 

'The Music Man' is directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography from Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle.

[With Inputs from PTI]