Hugh Jackman is best known for playing Wolverine, but he also has a huge history with Broadway. Before the pandemic, Jackman was scheduled to star in The Music Man in New York. Previews were originally supposed to begin last September with the official opening night set for October 15th, 2020. However, all Broadway performances were pushed back , and The Music Man ended up having its first preview on December 20th of this year. Unfortunately, Jackman’s co-star Sutton Foster tested positive for COVID, so her understudy, Kathy Voytko, had to go on at the last minute this week. After the performance, Jackman gave a speech about the importance of swings and understudies, and Twitter is loving him for it.
"My amazing friend @KathyVoytko went on with NO rehearsal for Sutton Foster last night in The Music Man. Thank you, @RealHughJackman for this speech. Understudies are heros and should be paid respect every day," @ThePamelaBob tweeted. The post includes Jackman’s speech where he explains that Voytko was prepared to play eight different roles in the show, and didn’t have her first rehearsal until mere hours before the performance. You can watch his speech below: My amazing friend @KathyVoytko went on with NO rehearsal for Sutton Foster last night in The Music Man. Thank you, @RealHughJackman for this speech. Understudies are heros and should be paid respect every day! pic.twitter.com/70s9ybia5n — Pamela Bob (@ThePamelaBob) December 24, 2021 Jackman’s lovely speech has caused him to become a trending topic on Twitter with people praising his kindness. You can read some of the tweets in his honor below… "Class Act"
⭐ STAGEY SMILE OF THE DAY ⭐ Hugh Jackman being a class act and highlighting the importance of swings & understudies, that especially in this current climate, are keeping shows open ✨ Bravo � � � X x x pic.twitter.com/ttBHhXVI0O — Theatre Fan (@ShaunTossell) December 24, 2021 Dream Co-Worker
Having had the pleasure of working with Hugh Jackman, I can attest to his incredible generosity of spirit. This is who he is. Wonderful. ������ https://t.co/r5jgRuKR2a — George Hahn (@georgehahn) December 25, 2021 King Hugh
This is such a great moment. Hugh Jackman shining his own star power on others… https://t.co/F0ssCFWuER — Andrew Ross Sorkin (@andrewrsorkin) December 25, 2021 No Choice But To Stan
Hugh Jackman. Never hear a bad thing abt this actor. Seems like an honestly great human being and right here, understands the powerful fill in role of understudies. Bravo to her! https://t.co/7P13XH9VkW — ����Fa la la la Sassenach� (@omwill3) December 25, 2021 Thank Your Understudies
It was lovely of Hugh Jackman to recognise her performance. I didn’t realise how difficult it was to be an understudy until I heard this. https://t.co/kirS6quGvj — Elizabeth Post ��� (@WeAreAllVIPs) December 25, 2021 Dougray Scott Knows
Hugh Jackman knows. In 1999 he was brought in last minute to to replace someone in a little part called Wolverine, and that break forever changed his life. https://t.co/EhJ4miLzJo — Marc Griffin (@montrealmarc) December 25, 2021 Hugh Jackman is […]