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


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

Jackman, who has been starring in Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” on Broadway, announced that he tested positive on Instagram Monday and said standby actor Max Clayton will step into the role of Harold Hill in his place.

“I wanted you guys to listen to it from me first that unfortunately, this morning I even have frustratingly tested positive for COVID again, so my incredible standby Max Clayton goes to go on for me,” he said in a video statement.

The 53-year-old actor and his Broadway co-star Sutton Foster performed a number from “The Music Man” on the Tony Awards Sunday. Their revival of the classic musical received six nominations but took home no awards.

Jackman tested positive for COVID-19 for the primary time in late December 2021 and sat out a lot of performances with Clayton performing in his place then as well.

The standby will again perform within the Broadway show starting tomorrow, June 14. Jackman is anticipated to return to the stage on the Winter Garden Theatre on June 22, in line with the show’s Instagram page.

Jackman said he has worked on the a part of Harold Hill alongside Clayton for greater than two years and called him “absolutely extraordinary.”

“I’m just frustrated that I won’t get to see him and cheer him on, but I can be cheering you on in my heart, Max,” he said.

Hugh Jackman performs on the seventy fifth Annual Tony Awards in Recent York City, on Jun. 12, 2022. Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Jackman praised standbys, understudies and swings in his remarks.

“That is just one other reminder to me — and I’ll say it 1,000,000 times over — that the true heroes of Broadway are our standbys, our understudies and swings and never has that been more obvious than previously yr,” he said. “They offer intending to the phrase ‘the show must go on’ and it can go on and it’ll be amazing.”

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