Hugh Jackman pays tribute to Broadway’s swings and understudies after Sutton Foster’s Covid-19 diagnosis

The star and two-time Tony Award winner thanked Kathy Voytko, who plays Sutton Foster’s understudy as Marian Paroo in “The Music Man,” following their efficiency today. Jackman informed the audience that Voytko had just had her very first wedding rehearsal previously that day. His remarks were recorded by an audience member and published to Instagram.

“This is a time we’ve never known. We’re in our fourth preview, we’re all just sort of learning so swings and understudies have not had a chance to learn,” Jackman stated. “They watch from the corner of a room while we rehearse, while we get to practice over and over again. They just get to watch and write notes and then five hours before performance they’re told, ‘You’re on by the way, you’ve got a wig fitting, go!’ ”

Jackman asked other understudies to join him on phase as he spoke.

“I’m emotional because it humbles me,” he continued. “Their courage, their brilliance, their dedication, their talent. The swings, the understudies, they are the bedrock of Broadway.”

Foster exposed on her Instagram Stories Friday that she had actually evaluated favorable for Covid-19. She applauded Voytko stating she “smashed” her efficiency.

“Grateful to all swings and understudies who keep all the shows going, now and always,” Foster concluded in her message. “And Hugh Jackman … you are a class act. Get tested, get vaccinated, get boosted! Stay safe and healthy everyone.”

“The Music Man” is presently in sneak peeks at the Winter season Garden Theatre in New York City City. The program will formally open beginning Feb. 10.

A number of Broadway programs have actually momentarily stopped briefly efficiencies due to the Omicron coronavirus variation.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.