Hugh Jackman‘s production of The Music Man just started performances on Broadway this week and it has unfortunately already been affected by COVID-19.
After a long delay in the start of production, Hugh and the cast were able to perform four times before they had to cancel some performances. At the most recent show, leading lady Sutton Foster was out sick after testing positive for COVID-19 and her understudy Kathy Voytko saved the day by going on with just a few hours of rehearsal time.
The curtain call speech with Hugh giving praise for Kathy has since gone viral! Now, performances of The Music Man on Christmas weekend are canceled.
“The evening performance on Saturday, December 25 and matinee performance on Sunday, December 26 of Broadway’s The Music Man have been cancelled due to breakthrough COVID-19 cases. All tickets for the cancelled shows will be refunded at the point of purchase,” the producers said in a statement. “Our company would have loved nothing more than to celebrate the holiday with the audience and their families, but the priority is the health and wellness of the cast, crew, and audience. We are so grateful to our entire cast and crew — most especially our heroic understudies and swings — for ensuring our speedy return to the Winter Garden Theatre.”