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Broadway's Danny Burstein Thoroughly Details Coronavirus Symptoms & What It's Like in the Hospital

Six-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein, 55, was hospitalized for Coronavirus – aka COVID-19 – and he wrote a really thorough essay detailing what happened to him.

“I’d had a fever, migraines, body aches, my hands hurt so much. I lost my sense of taste and smell and had been monitoring the severity of my symptoms by the hour. My fever was always around 101.6, give or take. Tylenol seemed to be keeping it at bay, sort of. I was already on an antibiotic, an inhaler and a cough syrup with codeine so I could sleep at night. None of which seemed to be doing anything,” Danny wrote in his essay for THR. “The doctors told me if I ever started having trouble breathing that I should immediately go to the hospital. Many friends told me I should already be there. But I waited.”

“I was feeling listless and stuffy so I decided to take a shower on Sunday evening, March 22. Shortly after soaping up my face, my breathing became labored, I felt a tightening in my chest. I couldn’t seem to get enough air into my lungs. I felt light-headed and got down on one knee fearing I was about to faint or fall. I asked myself, ‘Is this it? Is it time to go to the emergency room?’” Danny continued. He was coughing up blood, and made the decision to go to the hospital. He added, “The phlegm this illness produces is like white, foamy plaque.”

“Our room was near the nurses’ station and I could hear the statuses of different patients. I heard about the many patients who coded while I was there. This “patient needed a ventilator,” or that “patient needed to be intubated” or “rushed to ICU.” At least every hour or so there was an announcement over a god mic, which everyone suddenly froze to hear, that announced an emergency in a certain room. “Patient in Room 12, in distress,” calling “every available doctor and nurse” to that room. Just substitute the room number every hour,” he added. “There were many ups and down during my five days in the COVID unit. I was given two antibiotics and the anti-malaria drug, Hydroxycloroquine. I think the latter helped me turn a corner, but I’m just not sure. The virus may just have run its course too.”

He ended his essay with an exercise a nurse had him do to keep his lungs as clear as possible.

“Breathing in through the nose, she said, ‘Smell the roses!’ and exhaling through the mouth she said, “Blow out the candles!” Now repeat that, strengthening each time. Smell the roses. Blow out the candles. Good things to remember,” he said.

Danny also added that his wife, Rebecca Luker, who revealed her ALS diagnosis a few months ago, “has started dealing with the virus as well now. She’s not been tested, but has all the symptoms to varying degrees. We are monitoring her closely.”

We’re wishing the family all the best.

Broadway's 'Moulin Rouge' Cast Performs Thrilling Opening Number on 'GMA' - Watch Now!

The cast of Broadway’s hit new musical Moulin Rouge took over Good Morning America to give fans across the country an inside look at the show’s opening number!

Danny Burstein, Aaron Tveit, and the show’s talented ensemble appeared on the morning program on Tuesday morning (February 18), live from the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City.

The cast performed a condensed version of the “Welcome to the Moulin Rouge” opening number, which includes such songs as “Lady Marmalade,” “Because We Can,” and “Burning Down the House.”

Moulin Rouge is currently playing on Broadway eight times a week and it has been sold out for every single performance so far, so make sure to get your tickets now!

Broadway Stars Gather to Celebrate the 2020 Grammy Awards!

The stars of Broadway stepped out to celebrate the upcoming 2020 Grammy Awards at a special nominee celebration earlier this week in New York City.

Jagged Little Pill‘s Kathryn Gallagher and Elizabeth Stanley joined the stars of shows nominated in the Best Musical Theater Album category this year. The event was hosted by the Recording Academy New York Chapter, which just celebrated its 61st anniversary.

Ain’t Too Proud, Hadestown, Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and Oklahoma are all up for the award this year.

Hadestown‘s Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada, Moulin Rouge‘s Aaron Tveit, Karen Olivo, and Danny Burstein, and Ain’t Too Proud‘s Saint Aubyn, Jawan Jackson, Derrick Baskin, James Harkness, and Ephraim Sykes were all there to represent their shows.

We bet Jagged Little Pill will be nominated next year!

The Grammy Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, January 26 in Los Angeles.

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Stream the 'Moulin Rouge' Broadway Cast Recording Here!

You can experience the Broadway musical Moulin Rouge from the comfort of your own home (or wherever you listen to music) thanks to the new cast recording!

Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein, and the cast of the new Broadway show can be heard on the album, which features such songs as “Come What May” and the “Elephant Love Medley.”

The music for the Broadway musical differs from the music heard in the movie, though there are still some familiar tunes. The new musical uses contemporary songs like Katy Perry‘s “Firework,” Sia‘s “Chandelier,” Pink‘s “Raise Your Glass,” and dozens of other hits.

You can download the album now on iTunes or wherever music is sold. It’s also available for streaming on Spotify.

Moulin Rouge is currently playing on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City.

See What 'Moulin Rouge' on Broadway Looks Like with These Production Photos!

Moulin Rouge! The Musical is officially open on Broadway and we have some great photos to share to give you a peek inside the new production.

The musical, directed by Tony nominee Alex Timbers, is based on the movie directed by Baz Luhrmann.

Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo star as Christian and Satine, the roles originated on screen by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. (See what they wore to the opening night party!)

Also starring in the musical are Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler, Tam Mutu as The Duke of Monroth, Ricky Rojas as Santiago, and Robyn Hurder as Nini.

Tickets are on sale now for the musical, which is playing at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City.

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Aaron Tveit Joins 'Moulin Rouge' Co-Stars at Tony Awards 2019!

Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein, and Karen Olivo walk the red carpet at the 2019 Tony Awards on Sunday (June 9) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The three Broadway stars will be leading the cast of the upcoming stage adaptation of Moulin Rouge, which kicks off performances on June 28.

Aaron, Danny, and Karen are presenting the Creative Arts awards, which happen before the telecast begins. They’ll also appear during the show to quickly recap the winners for the audience at home.

If you didn’t know, Karen is a former Tony winner and Danny has six nominations to his name!

Watch a preview of Aaron singing “Come What May” right now!

FYI: Aaron is wearing Alexander McQueen. Karen is wearing an Alexander McQueen suit and Michael Kors shoes. Danny is wearing Malan Breton.

See more photos of the Moulin Rouge team on the red carpet… More Here! »

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Kristin Chenoweth Is Crowned Prom Queen at Broadway's 'The Prom' Opening!

Kristin Chenoweth wears a “Prom Queen” sash while walking the red carpet at the opening night performance of the new Broadway musical The Prom on Thursday night (November 15) at the Longacre Theatre in New York City.

The Tony-winning actress was joined at the event by fellow Tony winner Sutton Foster, as well as Danny Burstein, Victor Garber, Lilli Cooper, Lesli Margherita, and American Idol‘s Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard.

Kristin raved about the show on Instagram after the performance.

“Go see the Broadway musical @theprommusical NOW! It’s perfect. #bestnewmusical,” she wrote.

We highly recommend the show. You’ll have such a fun time!

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