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Hugh Jackman tests positive for COVID second time, one day after the Tony Awards

Hugh Jackman has contracted COVID-19 for a second time, someday after his reside efficiency on the Tony Awards.

Jackman, who has been starring in Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” on Broadway, introduced that he examined optimistic on Instagram Monday and stated standby actor Max Clayton will step into the position of Harold Hill in his place.

“I wished you guys to listen to it from me first that sadly, this morning I’ve frustratingly examined optimistic for COVID once more, so my unbelievable standby Max Clayton goes to go on for me,” he stated in a video statement.

The 53-year-old actor and his Broadway co-star Sutton Foster carried out a quantity from “The Music Man” on the Tony Awards Sunday. Their revival of the basic musical obtained six nominations however took dwelling no awards.

Jackman examined optimistic for COVID-19 for the primary time in late December 2021 and sat out quite a few performances with Clayton performing in his place then as nicely.

The standby will once more carry out within the Broadway present starting tomorrow, June 14. Jackman is predicted to return to the stage on the Winter Backyard Theatre on June 22, in response to the present’s Instagram web page.

Jackman stated he has labored on the a part of Harold Hill alongside Clayton for greater than two years and referred to as him “completely extraordinary.”

“I’m simply pissed off that I gained’t get to see him and cheer him on, however I will probably be cheering you on in my coronary heart, Max,” he stated.

Hugh Jackman performs on the seventy fifth Annual Tony Awards in New York Metropolis, on Jun. 12, 2022.
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Jackman praised standbys, understudies and swings in his remarks.

“That is simply one other reminder to me — and I’ll say it 1,000,000 instances over — that the actual heroes of Broadway are our standbys, our understudies and swings and by no means has that been extra apparent than up to now 12 months,” he stated. “They offer that means to the phrase ‘the present should go on’ and it’ll go on and it’ll be wonderful.”

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