‘Music Man’ cancels performance after Hugh Jackman receives COVID-19

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“The Music Man” will cancel performances until January 1 after Hugh Jackman tests positive for COVID-19.

The cover of Meredith Wilson’s classic musical is one of the hottest tickets on Broadway. However, like many other shows, it struggles to keep its cast and crew healthy at a time when COVID is on the rise and omicron is causing groundbreaking infections and contributing to record cases in New York City. Jackman’s co-star Sutton Foster was forced to miss several performances after contracting the virus. She will return on January 2 and Jackman is expected to resume her performances on January 6. In a video posted to social media, Jackman said his case was mild.

“My symptoms are like a cold – I have a itchy throat and a bit of a runny nose – but I’m fine,” Jackman said. “And I’m just going to do whatever I can to get better ASAP, and as soon as I’m cleared, I’ll be back on stage heading to River City.”

“Please stay safe, be healthy, be kind,” he added.

On Twitter, the show said all tickets for canceled performances would be refunded or exchanged at the point of purchase.

Several Broadway shows were forced to cancel performances due to revolutionary cases, including “Aladdin”, “Mrs. Doubtfire, ”“ Hamilton ”and“ The Lion King. ”Other productions such as“ Ain’t Too Proud, ”“ Jagged Little Pill ”and“ Waitress ”ended their tours early as COVID continues to depress ticket sales and jeopardize the rebirth of Broadway.

“The Music Man” continued his performances even as Foster was away, Jackman going viral after paying a touching tribute to stunt double Kathy Voytko.

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