Hugh Jackman Announces He Has COVID-19

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December 28, 2021Entertainment
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Hugh Jackman Announces He Has COVID-19
Hugh Jackman attends as Montblanc celebrates the launch of MB 01 Headphones & Summit 2+ at World of McIntosh in New York on March 10, 2020. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Montblanc)

Hugh Jackman announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

The two-time Tony Award winner, who will star in the upcoming revival of “The Music Man” on Broadway set to open in February, announced his diagnosis Tuesday via a video on his verified 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.”

Jackman recently paid tribute to understudies on Broadway after Kathy Voytko, Sutton Foster’s understudy as Marian Paroo in “The Music Man,” filled in for Foster on short notice after Foster tested positive.

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The Music Man, starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, at Winter Garden Theatre near Times Square in New York on Jan. 13, 2021. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

In a video captured by a member of the show’s audience and posted on social media, Jackman asked the understudies to join him on stage and 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 own COVID-19 diagnosis, urging others to “stay safe, be healthy, be kind” and promising to return to the stage as soon as he is able.

The CNN Wire contributed to this report

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