By: Renee Grant
Fans waiting to see Wayne Brady take on the role of Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of Hamilton got a surprise they didn’t expect when he took the stage recently. While getting ready to perform a musical number during the show, he hurt his calf and had to be replaced by his understudy Carl Clemons-Hopkins.
“It’s funny to me that’s it’s such big news,” Brady told the Chicago Sun Times in an exclusive interview.
“I jumped off of a stair to get ready to do a number called ‘The Schuyler Sisters’ and I felt a pop in my calf and tried to finish the number. And my leg started seizing up on me.
“I was trying to power through and it just couldn’t happen,” he said.
Some fans speculated that the seasoned Broadway actor had forgotten his lines and that was the reason for his abrupt exit, but Brady assures that isn’t the case, even posting a video of himself at physical therapy to his Twitter account.
Brady goes on to defend his acting chops, saying, “Anyone can check my performance record in the umpteen years I’ve been on TV and stage, so even me speaking to you is proof of the fact that I have nothing to hide and there was no flub and I can’t think of a time when I’ve ever heard of a performer flub a line and get yanked off stage. That really doesn’t happen except in bad B movies and bad musicals, so I hope that the accurate story, which is this, will go out and for the rest of my time here I can continue to kick butt in ‘Hamilton’ and have folks out see me kill it.”
While the injury sounds pretty bad, his physical therapist was able to say it was just a bad sprain. He had his leg wrapped and was back on stage a few hours later, ever the consummate professional.