Hugh Jackman announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Tony Award winner for two-times, who will star in the upcoming revival of “The Music Man” on Broadway set to open in February next year, announced his diagnosis on Tuesday via a video on his Instagram account.
“I just wanted to make sure you heard this from me. I tested positive for covid,” the caption to the video read. “Mild symptoms and looking forward to getting back on stage ASAP!”
“My symptoms are like a cold,” Jackman said during the video. “I have a scratchy throat and a bit of a runny nose, but I’m fine.”
Hugh recently paid tribute to understudies on Broadway after Sutton Foster, Kathy Voytko’s understudy as Marian Paroo in “The Music Man,” filled in for Foster on short notice after Foster tested positive for COVID-19.
In a video captured by a member of the show’s audience and posted on social media, Hugh asked the understudies to join him on the stage, called them “the bedrock of Broadway.”
“I’m emotional because it humbles me,” he said. “Their courage, their brilliance, their dedication, their talent. The swings, the understudies, they are the bedrock of Broadway.”
He was upbeat in announcing his COVID-19 diagnosis, urging others to “stay safe, be kind, be healthy,” and promising to return to the stage as soon as he was able.