Hugh Jackman tested positive today for Covid, according to The Music Man producer Kate Horton. As a result, standby Max Clayton will play Professor Harold Hill on Broadway alongside Sutton Foster beginning Tuesday and continuing through June 21.
The news comes just hours after Jackman, who also had Covid late last year, performed live onstage at the Tonys with Foster and a number of other castmembers. You can watch that below.
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Deadline has reached out to representatives for The Music Man regarding the rest of the cast and will add any statement we receive.
Jackman is the second big Broadway star in last week to get it, after it was announced Wednesday that Beanie Feldstein would miss a week of Funny Girl performances.
In a statement, producer Horton said, “Once again, standbys and understudies save the day and, in this case, it’s Max Clayton to the rescue. We’re excited to see him perform alongside the wonderful Sutton Foster and we wish Hugh a speedy recovery.”
Ticketholders for upcoming shows at the Winter Garden Theater should contact their original point of purchase if they wish to exchange them for a future performance.
The Music Man is directed by four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony winner Warren Carlyle.
I’ve frustratingly tested positive for Covid. Again. My standby, the amazingly talented Max Clayton will step in for me. Maxi and all the standbys, swings and understudies around the world, you are the true heroes of theater. You give life to the saying “the show must go on”. pic.twitter.com/GpwtreWqX0
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) June 13, 2022
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