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Hugh Jackman withdraws from Broadway show after testing positive for Covid

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Hugh Jackman was forced to retire from Broadway performances the music man after he “frustratingly” tested positive for Covid-19 again.

The news comes the day after the actor performed a number from the popular Broadway musical live at the 75th Tony Awards in New York.

The 53-year-old said his “incredibly talented” understudy Max Clayton would fill in while he recovers.

Jackman was previously forced to withdraw from performing after contracting the virus in December last year.

The show was canceled until January 6 following the announcement.

“I have, frustratingly, tested positive for Covid. Again,” the actor tweeted. “My deputy, the incredibly talented Max Clayton, will fill in for me.”

In a video posted to social media, he added, “This is just another reminder for me, I’ll say it again, but the real heroes of Broadway are our reserves, our understudy and swings, and that has never been more apparent.” like last year.

“They give meaning to the phrase ‘The show must go on,’ and it will go on and it will go on.”

At the Tonys’ on Sunday night, Jackman performed “Seventy-Six Trombones” with the cast of the current revival, which he directs with Sutton Foster.

He was also nominated for Best Actor in a Musical but lost to Myles Frost for his portrayal of the King of Pop Michael Jackson in MJ

The full list of winners can be found here.

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