They gained’t be singing “Ya Received Hassle” on the Hugh Jackman Music Man revival. A minimum of, not on the scheduled Christmas Day and Dec. 26 exhibits, which have been formally canceled due to Covid-19.

The present was struck by sickness earlier within the week, when actress Sutton Foster examined constructive, inflicting her to overlook Thursday’s preview efficiency. She posted Friday morning on Instagram, confirming the explanation for her absence. Now, producers have taken it one step additional, going darkish for the following two scheduled dates and presumably into the long run.

The cancellations are half of a bigger pattern on the Nice White Method. A dozen Broadway exhibits have gone darkish this week after solid or crew examined constructive, a intestine punch for an trade that hoped to resusciate itself with a powerful vacation season after an 18-month hiatus.

Regardless of vaccination protocols for audiences, crews, performers and different employees, such exhibits as The Lion King, Aladdin, Hamilton and Harry Potter and the Cursed Youngster have needed to shut their doorways.

In asserting her absence, Foster thanksed understudy Kathy Voytko, who stepped in for her on Thursday. The present has simply begun previews this Monday, Dec. 20 on the Winter Backyard Theater.

“Yesterday I examined constructive for COVID. At midday Kathy Voytko discovered. And final evening she went on for (Foster’s character) Marian Proo and smashed it,” Foster wrote on Instagram. “Grateful to Kathy and our unbelievable firm. Grateful to all swings and understudies who maintain all of the exhibits going, now and all the time.” Present star Hugh Jackman gave a post-show speech celebrating Voytko as effectively.

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Present producers introduced the cancellations on social media.

“Our firm would have cherished nothing greater than to have a good time the vacation with the viewers and their households, however the precedence is the well being and wellness of the solid, crew and viewers,” the assertion says.

Present star Jackman issued his personal social media feedback on the scenario.

“Throughout Broadway, this can be a time we’ve by no means recognized. We’re in our fourth preview. We’re all simply kind of studying,” Jackman mentioned. “Swings and understudies haven’t had an opportunity to study. They watch from the nook of a room whereas we rehearse, whereas we get to observe time and again. They only get to observe and write notes after which 5 hours earlier than our performances they’re informed, ‘You’re on.’”

“The braveness, the brilliance, the dedication, the expertise, the swings, the understudies, they’re the bedrock of Broadway,” Jackman mentioned.