NEW YORK (REUTERS) – Broadway’s revival of The Music Man, the most well liked ticket on the town, on Tuesday (Dec 28) canceled performances for 5 days after star Hugh Jackman examined optimistic for Covid-19 .
Within the newest New York Metropolis present to fall sufferer to the surging coronavirus, Jackman stated on Twitter that he had solely delicate signs, together with a scratchy throat and runny nostril, and that as quickly as he was cleared he can be again on stage.
Producers introduced that every one performances of the musical can be canceled by way of Jan 1.
Jackman examined optimistic after his co-star Sutton Foster got here down with the coronavirus final week and was changed by an understudy. Foster will return on Jan 2 however Jackson is anticipated to be out till Jan 6.
Dozens of Broadway reveals, together with Hamilton, The Lion King and Aladdin, have been pressured to cancel performances over the previous two weeks because the virus has raged by way of town regardless of vaccine mandates for forged, crew and audiences.
Some, just like the annual Christmas present by the Rockettes at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor, shut down solely, whereas musicals Jagged Little Capsule and Ain’t Too Proud have closed weeks sooner than scheduled due to breakthrough instances and sluggish ticket gross sales through the usually busy vacation season.
The surge could not have come at a worse time for Broadway, which reopened solely in September after an 18-month closure due to the pandemic. January and February are historically the leanest months to usher in audiences, and huge musicals want full homes to generate income.
Music Man is at the moment operating in preview forward of an official opening scheduled for Feb 10. Ticket demand has been robust regardless of an official high worth of US$699 (S$946.75) a seat, and are altering arms on secondary web sites for greater than US$2,000 every.