Shout at the swings. Hugh Jackman famous understudies and swing later Sutton Foster Had to miss a performance of The man of music on Broadway in their first week of premieres.
“[A swing] covers up to 10 roles. Kathy, when she showed up for work at 12, could have played any of the eight roles, “Jackman, 53, explained. music man audience at the Winter Garden Theater in New York during the curtain call on Thursday, December 23.
In the video, shared via Instagram by the actress katherine winter, the The greatest showman the star explains that swing Kathy Voytko found that the Minor The 46-year-old star tested positive for COVID-19 just hours before stepping into the lead role. The show hasn’t even officially opened, with that night’s performance being only the fourth preview.
“She found out at 12 today and at 1am she did her first rehearsal as Marian Paroo,” said Jackman.
Jackman made the substitutes and cast swings step forward to a round of applause.
“This is a moment we have never known. We’re in the fourth preview, we’re all learning, so swing and understudies haven’t had a chance to learn, “explained the Australian native.” They watch from the corner of a room as we rehearse, while we practice again and again. They can just watch and write notes and then, five hours before the performance, he is told: “There you are! By the way, you have a wig, go! ‘”
Understudies and swing are more important than ever in the Broadway community as theaters try to keep their doors open amidst the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. Some productions have to cancel performances when too many actors test positive, but in many cases someone waiting will take over the role.
“It’s not just happening here at the Winter Garden, it’s happening all over Broadway. This is a moment we’ve never known, ”Jackman explained.
The actor, who plays Professor Harold Hill, was overcome with emotion as he praised his music man costar. “So to all these people here, the swings – and I’m thrilled because it humiliates me – their courage, their genius, their dedication, their talent. Swings, the substitutes, are the foundation of Broadway, “he said.
The actor, best known for playing Wolverine in X-Men movie, raised his hands in a claw-like gesture as he joked: “Take it from me: real superheroes don’t wear cloaks!”
Since she shared the video, it has been viewed over 1.48 million times, and Voytko told Instagram followers that Jackman “is a class act” for giving her the spotlight.
“Friends, I am overwhelmed by your kind words. We’re running out of preparations for Christmas wildly and I just wanted to say THANK YOU! ” Voytko shared on December 24th. Foster, for his part, responded by commenting with hearts, raised hands and applauding emojis.
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