Thursday, April 18, 2024

Broadway: Tony Winner Gavin Creel Tells Rosie O’Donnell He’s “Pretty Sure” He Has Coronavirus After London Castmate Tests Positive


Gavin Creel, Tony winner for “Hello, Dolly!” told Rosie O’Donnell last night on her YouTube special that he’s “pretty sure” he has coronavirus.

Creel has just returned from performing in “Waitress” in London with the show’s creator, Sara Bareilles. He was quick to say that Bareilles does not have it, and he didn’t get it from her. “It wasn’t Sara!” he declared.

Creel and Bareilles left the show on March 14th abruptly, citing travel restrictions back to the US.  They said on social media: “Given the recent international travel restrictions, we’ve made the very difficult decision, before any further measures are implemented, to return home. It was an agonizing choice as we have so loved our time here at the Adelphi diner. The warmth and generosity of the West End audiences has been unparalleled.”

But now Creel says he thinks he got it from another female cast member, who did test positive. He said they’d been spending all their time together.

He said, of the symptoms: “It’s like a cruddy flu. I lost my sense of smell and taste.” Creel said he’s been self-quarantined. Still, he sang and accompanied himself on piano without any trouble. Get well soon!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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