Hugh Jackman to Miss Performances of ‘The Music Man’ Due to Second COVID-19 Diagnosis
In wake of Hugh Jackman testing positive for COVID-19 for the second time, standby actor Max Clayton will perform in The Music Man on Broadway.
Clayton will perform the role of Professor Harold Hill alongside Sutton Foster, in all performances of Meredith Willson’s musical comedy from June 14-21.
” “Once again, standbys, and understudies saves the day and in this case, Max Clayton to the rescue,” stated Kate Horton, producer. “We are excited to see him perform with the amazing Sutton Foster, and we wish Hugh a speedy recuperation .
Jackman stated in an Instagram statement that he had been frustratedly positive for Covid. Again. My standby, the amazingly talented @maxmclayton will step in for me. The worst part is that I don’t get the chance to see him perform. It’s a cliché that I’ve repeated many times and will repeat it again. Maxi and all the other standbys, swings, and understudies from around the globe are the true heroes in theater. You give life to the saying “the show must go on.”
His diagnosis is a day after attending The Tony Awards , where he was nominated to be a part in The Music Man ..
Jackman first tested positive in December of 2021 just days after Foster also missed performances of The Music Man due a breakthrough case. Jackman described his symptoms at the time as “like a common cold” with “a scratchy throat, a bit of runny nose” and “a bit of a runny stomach.” He was unable to perform on the stage for several performances.
The Music Man was directed by Jerry Zaks (four-time Tony Award winner), with choreography by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle.