Hugh Jackman Praises ‘Courage’ Of Understudies After COVID Forces Out Broadway Costar


Hugh Jackman paid a heartfelt homage to the understudies and “swings” who should jump in at a moment’s notice during a Broadway performance this week.

“It humbles me,” Jackman, 53, addressed the crowd after just a performance of “The Music Man” at New York City’s Winter Garden Theater on Thursday night, where he is playing con man Harold Hill.

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He praised “courage, brilliance, devotion, and talent.” “The understudies, the swings, they’re the bedrock of Broadway.”

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Sutton Foster, Jackman’s costar, tested positive for Covid-19 and has been unable to play librarian Marian Paroo, a lead role inside the iconic musical about something like a hustler who passes as a boys’ band leader to get money and plans to escape town, prompting Jackman’s speech.

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Inside a video of something like the speech provided to Instagram by an audience member, Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman can be heard praising the understudy, Kathy Voytko, for her work.

“Kathy could have played any of eight characters when she showed up for work at 12 o’clock,” Jackman added.

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He said she found out at noon on Thursday that she would have to take over for Foster. “Even though she had her first rehearsal as Marian Paroo at 1 o’clock.”

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