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Hugh Jackman on Thursday shared an update on his health after announcing a breakthrough case of COVID-19 in late December, which resulted in Broadway’s revival of The Music Man canceling a number of performances through Jan. 5.
In his minute-long video, filmed as he walked his dog around a cold New York City park, that actor said it was his first time out of the house in 10 days. He tested positive for the virus Dec. 28, just days after his co-star Sutton Foster also missed performances due to a breakthrough case.
“I am so excited to get back to the theater,” Jackman said in the video posted to Twitter. “I will be there later today, doing a show tonight.”
First morning out in 10 days. Cold and excited. Most importantly though, I want to give a shout out to health care workers around the world. The physical and mental toll this pandemic must be taking on you and your families is unimaginable. Your dedication to help is next level. pic.twitter.com/EfNXzZJUX5
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) January 6, 2022
The celebrated stage and screen performer then took a beat to thank all the healthcare workers for their tireless efforts since the pandemic struck.
“I cannot imagine how you guys are coping after two years of this exhausting, never-ending story that is COVID. Hospitals are struggling again. And you guys just continue to day in and day out take care of so many people. I am just so, so grateful for all that you do. I have said it before, but I just really had to say it again: Thank you.”
The Music Man was among several Broadway shows forced to cancel performances last month due to another devastating surge of the virus impacting the world. The show, which was initially slated to open in fall 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic, began previews on Dec. 20.
But just days into the show’s run, breakthrough cases in the cast, including Foster’s, forced the show to cancel several performances, adding it to a list of shows that went dark through Christmas week.
With Jackman testing positive for COVID-19, producers announced via the Broadway production’s social media that the show would cancel shows through Jan. 1 before extending its closure through Jan. 5, with performances expected to resume featuring both Jackman and Foster in the lead roles Thursday.
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