Hugh Jackman tests positive for Covid and cancels shows: ‘Stay safe’

Hugh Jackman has revealed that he’s tested positive for COVID-19 and has been forced to cancel upcoming performances of his new Broadway show, The Music Man, in New York City.

The Australian superstar, who received his COVID-19 booster shot earlier this month, took to social media on Wednesday morning to share a video announcing the news and detail his “mild symptoms”.

Hugh Jackman,
Hugh Jackman has tested positive for COVID-19. Photo: Getty

“So I just wanted you to hear it from me that I tested positive this morning for Covid,” he began.

“My symptoms are like a cold, a scratchy throat and a bit of a runny nose, but I’m fine. And I’m just going to do everything I can to get better ASAP and as soon as I’m cleared, I’ll be back on stage, heading to River City.”


“Just wanted you to hear it from me,” he added. “Please stay safe, be healthy, be kind.”

The short clip, which features Hugh wearing a black face mask, was shared with his combined audience of almost 45 million people on Instagram and Twitter.

Hugh Jackman is currently performing as Harold Hill in the long-awaited revival of The Music Man alongside fellow Broadway actress and Younger star Sutton Foster, who also recently tested positive for COVID-19.

“Grateful to all swings and understudies who keep all the shows going, now and always,” she posted on her Instagram Stories last week when revealing her diagnosis.

“And Hugh Jackman... You are a class act. Get tested, get vaccinated, get boosted! Stay safe and healthy everyone.”

Alongside Hugh’s announcement on Wednesday, the show’s official Twitter account revealed that all performances of The Music Man have been cancelled through to January 1.

Sutton will be returning to the stage on January 2, while Hugh is expected to come back on January 6.

The Music Man is one of the many Broadway shows that have been forced to cancel performances due to the Omicron outbreak, including Aladdin, Hamilton, The Lion King and Mrs. Doubtfire.

Never miss a thing. Sign up to Yahoo Lifestyle’s daily newsletter.

Or if you have a story idea, email us at