Sunday, June 16, 2024

Broadway: The Show Must Go on But “Music Man” Has 7 Absences Tonight Including Sutton Foster, “Company” Still Paused


It’s no fun at “The Music Man” tonight, at least back stage.

Seven cast members are still out sick after the musical paused for a day and a half to accomodate COVID outbreaks.

Star Sutton Foster didn’t make Sunday night’s show, replaced by her understudy Kathy Voytko. Six other actors are also out, all replaced by mighty understudies and swings who are filling in.

But audiences will be happy because Hugh Jackman is on stage and playing Harold Hill.

Things are not so good over at “Company.” They were also supposed to return tonight but couldn’t. “Company” has been dark since before Christmas. Sources told us the opening party ten days ago has become a super spreader. Last week, “food poisoning” was said to stop the show, but it’s obviously more than that. And since the musical’s show stopper is “Ladies Who Lunch,” food poisoning isn’t the best story to make up.

Broadway will survive COVID, but it may take a month of closures and pauses before all is right again.

Get well, everyone! Get vaxxed!

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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