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Last week, the musician took a moment to get to know the unique musician woman and amazed the whole world.

During the curtain call of “The Man of Music” on Broadway, star Hugh Jackman brought Katie Voitko, who was waiting for her missing colleague Sutton Foster, to the front of the Winter Garden Theater and sang her praises. . Foster came out with a positive COVID-19 test result and Vojtko took the lead at the last minute.

“Kathy could have played one of eight roles when she got to work at 12 o’clock,” Jackman said. “And at 1 o’clock he had his first workout as Marian Paru.”

He added in a clip that exploded on the Internet: “Swings [who cover several ensemble roles, or ‘tracks’], lower students, they are the foundation of Broadway. ”

This has always been the case with the year-round struggling stage business, but never like it is now. This month, on New Year’s Eve on Broadway, pieces of paper fell, signaling that game papers like confetti in Times Square had replaced game papers.

Hugh Jackman called on Katie Voitko to wait after the “Musician Man” performance on Broadway.

Readers, waiting and emergency last-minute replenishment will not allow Broadway to disintegrate during the Omicron wave – “Music Man” performances until Wednesday after Jackman’s positive test for COVID-19 is omitted – and frequent testing is required. Midtown performances and music.

Stories like Voitko resonate every day on Schubert Avenue. For example, one of the actors who played the role of Young Simba in the movie “The Lion King” last Thursday started playing the role of Young Nala with a script in his hand (although there is no need to use it).

Swings are tackling roles they never thought they would play, actors who left performances many years ago are returning to battle, and other staged actors are flying to New York in an instant.

Here are the hardworking actors who saved Broadway this winter.

Marika Aubrey – “Come From afar”

He played the role of Beverly Bass on the national tour "Come from afar"
Marika Aubrey, who played Beverly Bass on the national tour of “Come From afar,” made her Broadway debut when she was at home for Christmas.

Marika Aubrey was opening Christmas presents at her home in New York when she received a call at 9:30 p.m.

The actress was from Danny Goldstein, assistant director of the musical “Come From afar,” starring pilot Beverly Bass on tour.

“He said,‘ Hey? Are you still in New York? ”Aubrey, 40, told The Post. And I said, “Yeah, I’ll be here tomorrow.” ”

Satisfied, Goldstein replied, “We need a Bev.”

He arrived at the Schoenfeld Theater on West 45th Street at 11:00 the next day, passed the COVID test, and met most of the ensemble that was performing for the first time that night.

“They didn’t know I was coming,” he said. “They sat there and figured out how the show was going to go, because they knew Bev wasn’t there. Then when I walked in, the dance captain said, “Oh!” ”

I had to deal with math with not many.

“We had four stops, which were never there; We had two people from previous companies who hAcesparks’t shown up in years, who called with their kids like me on Christmas holidays, ”he said.“ It was a real scandal of people who had never worked together before. . “

A few hours before the end of the clothing department, they found all sorts of costumes. “This vest fits well enough!” He recalled. At 2:00 p.m., he made his Broadway debut.

“It seemed exciting,” he said. “We were 16 and we had to keep the curtain high.”

Aubrey did seven shows in four days, until COVID left production tomorrow. Soon he will be back on tour again.

However, he adds: “It was a Christmas present for me.”

Alex Weissman – “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

“Harry Potter and la
A scene from the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”

Broadway closed on March 12, 2020, five days before Alex Weissman performed his final performance in the stage epic “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which continues the story of JK Rowling’s books.

“Since the first rehearsal of the original company, I’ve performed 800 performances of the two-part show. [in 2018] until it closes, ”Weissman, 34, told The Post. “I didn’t have the last bow.”

Since Alex Weissman left the show almost two years ago
Alex Weissman returned to “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on Broadway after leaving the show almost two years ago.

Then, on December 17, Hogwarts rang again.

“I have a ‘What is he doing?’

In November, “The Cursed Child” returned in a revised, one-part version, so Weissman had to adapt.

In a video chat with stage manager Rachel Sterner and action captain Chelsea Arce, the actor was filled with many new entries and performances, cut scenes and new choreography.

“I found out about it through FaceTime and when I came to myself [in-person] Rehearsal, I just did it, ”he said.

Last week, the actor made five appearances in the ensemble over three days and was on standby in the theater every day.

“It was hell in my body,” he said. “It’s a real exercise,” he said. And I had to get to my brain by the third show for the adrenaline and heart rate. I didn’t sleep for five days. “

But, he adds, “no matter how hard it is, I have a beautiful catharsis to find its closure for my journey.”

Jeff Kreadi – “Company”

At the time of the announcement, viewers had taken their seats to watch The Company on Broadway.

While Jeff Credit watched his wife, Nikki Renee Daniels, on stage at the opening night of the company’s musical revival, he didn’t know he would join her in a few weeks.

“It wasn’t on my radar at all,” Credi, 39, said. “I thought it was a great show, but of course my wife was the best.”

A week and a half later, after the show was canceled due to a non-COVID illness, the producers decided to strengthen the cast. The next morning, Credit was asked to become a student.

“My first thought was,‘ No! I could never do that! said Kredi. “Have you covered 10 roles on the Sonheim show? This is nonsense. “

But a year and a half later, the opportunity to return to Broadway and do a show for the first time since meeting his wife in the 2006 film Badvals turned out to be very tempting to resist.

He will officially start reading next week, but is willing to invite her to continue at any time.

Jeff Kready, o
Jeff Kready, right, and his wife, Nikki Rene Daniels, both appear in the Broadway film Company.

In Sondheim’s musical, which has unpleasant harmonies and words, Credi has worked hard to explore every male role, and he calls it “the hardest job I’ve ever had, if you can”. While he’s still mastering many of his parts, Daniels is rehearsing for the lead role of Bobby if star Katrina Lenk and others don’t come out.

The exercises were unconventional. Credit trained with an assistant director at Zoom in London, and the large vacant rooms were entirely his own when the creators were removed.

“I see it as a challenge that I want to face,” he said, “when everyone commits suicide to bring back Broadway and art.”

Credit is excited. There is one role he hopes to play more than other roles.

“My wife’s husband on stage is David,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a great moment for us to be together for the first time and play against each other as husband and wife.”

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