Hugh Jackman, an Australian actor, has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time.
The actor is expected to miss the performances in The Music Man, with standby actor Max Clayton slated to take his place.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clayton will play Professor Harold Hill alongside Sutton Foster in all performances of Meredith Willson’s musical comedy from June 14 to 21.
“I’ve frustratingly tested positive for Covid,” Jackman stated in a video posted to Instagram. Again. My back-up, the incredibly talented @maxmclayton, will take my place. What irritates me the most is that I won’t be able to witness him perform! I’ve said it a million times before, and I’ll say it again… You are the genuine heroes of theater, Maxi and all the standbys, swings, and understudies around the world. You bring new meaning to the phrase “the show must go on.”
His diagnosis came just a day after he was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in The Music Man.
In December 2021, Jackman tested positive for the first time.
Jackman’s symptoms were characterized as ‘like a cold,’ with a scratchy throat and a runny nose at the time.