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After Hugh Jackman tests positive for COVID-19, Broadway’s ‘Music Man’ hits pause

Hugh Jackman smiles slightly on an event stage wearing a T-shirt that says "Dare to Change."
Actor Hugh Jackman has COVID-19.
(Charles Sykes / Invision / Associated Press)

Hugh Jackman has COVID-19, he announced Tuesday on social media. The actor was fully vaccinated and got his booster shot at the beginning of December.

“I just wanted you to hear from me that I tested positive this morning for COVID,” said the star of Broadway’s “The Music Man,” who was wearing a loose-fitting black mask in the brief video. “My symptoms are like a cold. I have a scratchy throat and a bit of a runny nose, but I’m fine.”

The mask slipped more than once in the video, revealing puffy bags under the 53-year-old performer’s eyes.

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A growing number of holiday events in Los Angeles County have been canceled or postponed amid a rash of new coronavirus cases.

Jackman said he was going to do all he could to “get better, ASAP.” He said he’d be back onstage and “heading to River City” as soon as he was cleared to do so.

Meanwhile, after announcing the cancellation of all shows through Saturday, the “Music Man” company tweeted that Jackman would be back onstage Jan. 6.

Various Broadway productions — including “Hamilton,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Tina,” “Ain’t Too Proud,” “Freestyle Love Supreme” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” — have been forced to shutter temporarily in recent weeks due to COVID-19 cases among cast and crew. “Jagged Little Pill,” “Waitress” and “Thoughts of a Colored Man” were among the shows that closed for good.

Productions have been canceled in SoCal as well at venues including the Pantages and the Broad Stage, to name a few. The Music Center, L.A. Phil and Center Theatre Group announced that they would require booster-eligible patrons to show proof of the extra jab to gain entry to shows starting the third week of January. Public New Year’s Eve celebrations are among the fallen too.

The Producers Guild Awards have been postponed because of Omicron, joining the Grammys and myriad events that have been axed or delayed.

In the past week, New York City has seen an average of 20,743 confirmed and probable new cases daily, according to the city’s health website, as the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus sweeps through the U.S. from the East Coast.

Over the last week, the state of California reported an average of 11,914 new coronavirus cases per day, a 73% jump from two weeks ago, according to data compiled by the Los Angeles Times. On Sunday, more than 4,000 people in the state were hospitalized with the virus, nearly a 14% increase from the week prior.

Times staff writers Rong-Gong Lin II and Luke Money contributed to this report.


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