(CNN)Hugh Jackman paid an affectional tribute to understudies, calling them "the bedrock of Broadway."
The histrion and two-time Tony Award victor thanked Kathy Voytko, who plays Sutton Foster's understudy arsenic Marian Paroo successful "The Music Man," pursuing their show this week. Jackman told the assemblage that Voytko had lone had her archetypal rehearsal earlier that day. His comments were captured by an assemblage subordinate and posted to Instagram.
"This is simply a clip we've ne'er known. We're successful our 4th preview, we're each conscionable benignant of learning truthful swings and understudies person not had a accidental to learn," Jackman said. "They ticker from the country of a country portion we rehearse, portion we get to signifier implicit and implicit again. They conscionable get to ticker and constitute notes and past 5 hours earlier show they're told, 'You're connected by the way, you've got a wig fitting, go!' "
Jackman asked different understudies to articulation him connected signifier arsenic helium spoke.
"I'm affectional due to the fact that it humbles me," helium continued. "Their courage, their brilliance, their dedication, their talent. The swings, the understudies, they are the bedrock of Broadway."
Foster revealed connected her Instagram Stories Friday that she had tested affirmative for Covid-19. She praised Voytko saying she "smashed" her performance.
"Grateful to each swings and understudies who support each the shows going, present and always," Foster concluded successful her message. "And Hugh Jackman ... you are a people act. Get tested, get vaccinated, get boosted! Stay harmless and steadfast everyone."
"The Music Man" is presently successful previews astatine the Winter Garden Theatre successful New York City. The amusement volition officially unfastened starting Feb. 10.
Several Broadway shows person temporarily paused performances owed to the Omicron coronavirus variant.