The Australian actor, 53, shared his positive result on social media and told fans he only has ‘mild symptoms’ after contracting the virus.
“I just wanted to make sure you heard this from me. I tested positive for COVID,” Jackman wrote alongside a video.
“Mild symptoms and looking forward to getting back on stage ASAP! Sending love for a happy and healthy new year.”
In a clip posted to his Instagram page, Jackman told his fans his symptoms were a scratchy throat and a runny nose.
“I’m just going to do everything I can to get better ASAP, and as soon as I’m clear, I’ll be back on stage, heading to River City,” he explained.
“Just wanted you to hear it from me, please stay safe, be healthy, be kind.”
Jackman is currently performing as Harold Hill in the Broadway hit The Music Man alongside co-star Sutton Foster, who also tested positive to COVID-19.
Performances for the musical have been cancelled until January 1 due to Jackman’s diagnosis and are set to resume on January 2.
Only days earlier, the Tony Award-winning actor took to the stage to praise theatre understudies for being the “bedrock of Broadway” after understudy Kathy Voytko stepped up to play lead role Marian Paroo in Foster’s absence.
“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 said.
Jackman asked other understudies to join him on stage 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 revealed on her Instagram Stories Friday that she had tested positive for COVID-19.
The Younger star also praised Voytko, saying she “smashed” her performance.
“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.”
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