Hugh Jackman to Miss Performances of ‘The Music Man’ Due to Second COVID Case – The Hollywood Reporter

After Hugh Jackman tests positive for COVID-19 for the second time, reserve actor Max Clayton will perform in Music man on Broadway.

Clayton will reprise the role of Professor Harold Hill alongside Sutton Foster, in all-performing performances of Meredith Willson’s musical comedy from June 14-21.

Producer Kate Horton said in a statement: “Once again, the autocrats and the people who work below them have come to the rescue today and in this case it will be Max Clayton who will come to the rescue.” “We are delighted to see him perform alongside the wonderful Sutton Foster and we wish Hugh a speedy recovery.”

In his own statement on Instagram, Jackman said: “I was frustrated when I tested positive for Covid. Again. On my standby, the amazingly talented @maxmclayton will support me. The most annoying thing is that I don’t get to see him perform! I’ve said it before, and will say it a million times more… Maxi and all the standers, swingers and little doers around the world, you are the true heroes of the stage. You give life to the saying “the show must go on.”

His diagnosis came a day after attending The Tony Awards, for which he was nominated for his role in Music man.

Jackman first tested positive in December 2021 just days after Foster also missed his performance. Music man due to a breakthrough case. At the time, Jackman described his symptoms as “cold-like,” with “an itchy throat and a little runny nose.” Several performances were canceled before the actor returned to the stage.

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Music man Directed by Jerry Zaks, a four-time Tony Award winner, with choreography by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle.

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