Sutton Foster overlooked Thursday’s preview efficiency of the long-awaited Tune Man revival, which also stars Hugh Jackman, after testing obvious for COVID-19.
The Broadway actress and big identify of Younger confirmed her absence changed into as a result of a obvious test in an Instagram memoir posted Friday morning. Beyond explaining why she didn’t put shut the stage for the preview show, Foster also well-liked actress and Tune Man swing Kathy Voytko, who stepped in for her within the fair of Marian Paroo and helped prevent the manufacturing, which had merely begun previews on Monday, Dec. 20 on the Iciness Backyard Theater, from having to abolish the efficiency.
“The day earlier than on the present time I examined obvious for COVID. At noon Kathy Voytko found out. And final evening she went on for Marian Proo and smashed it,” Foster wrote in her memoir. “Grateful to Kathy and our phenomenal company. Grateful to all swings and understudies who elevate the total reveals going, now and consistently.”
Tune Man has since canceled both its Christmas show and Dec. 26 matinee as a result of step forward COVID cases. In an announcement posted to Twitter, the manufacturing’s producers announced the cancelations and praised the show’s understudies and swings.
— The Tune Man on Broadway (@MusicManBway) December 24, 2021
“Our company would non-public loved nothing better than to rejoice the vacation with the viewers and their families, nonetheless the priority is the properly being and wellness of the solid, crew and viewers,” the assertion says.
Foster’s Friday praise and thanks echoed sentiments shared by co-huge identify Jackman, who well-liked Voytko’s work in a post-show speech on Thursday that the Younger actress also shared to her Instagram memoir. Jackman highlighted how swings and understudies can “know 10 roles” and when Voytko showed up for work on Thursday “could non-public had any of eight roles.” Jackman said Voytko had her very first rehearsal as Marian one hour after checking out she changed into taking on Foster’s fair.
“In every single save Broadway, this would possibly be a time we’ve by no methodology known. We’re in our fourth preview. We’re all merely type of studying,” Jackman said. “Swings and understudies non-public not had a bet to learn. They appear from the corner of a room whereas we rehearse, whereas we earn to coach repeatedly. They merely earn to look and write notes after which 5 hours sooner than our performances they’re told, ‘You’re on.’”
“The braveness, the brilliance, the dedication, the expertise of the swings, the understudies — they’re the bedrock of Broadway,” Jackman added.
Foster’s replacement and the vacation show cancelations all the plot through Tune Man previews comes amid a rising selection of COVID cases all the plot through New York City, with Dear Evan Hansen, Ain’t Too Proud, MJ and SIX amongst the reveals that non-public canceled a string of performances through Christmas as a result of step forward cases in their corporations. On Thursday, Thoughts of a Colored Man and Waitress were potentially the most contemporary reveals to shut on Broadway as a result of the surge of COVID cases within the town and New York deliver, though currently, plans are for Broadway as a complete to remain begin.