For the second time in this difficult Broadway season, Hugh Jackman has tested positive for COVID.
He’s out of “The Music Man” until June 21st.
Jackman performed on the Tony Awards last night. I was in the audience and thought he didn’t look right. He seemed ill. And it turns out, he was.
Jackman previously was out of “The Music Man” last winter when first Sutton Foster got the virus, then he did and others in the company. They briefly shut down.
COVID lurks around Broadway. Billy Crystal just recovered, Beanie Feldstein is still waiting to return to “Funny Girl.” There are plenty of cases we don’t know about.
Jackman, like everyone else connected to the Tonys, had to take a PCR test on Friday. He was obviously negative then. But these results turn on a dime. Trust me, I know.
Sending best wishes to Hugh, to their whole company, and all live performers everywhere.
During Jackman’s absence, his understudy, Max Clayton, will play the role of Harold Hill. I’ll bet he’s excellent.