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Usher -- I Feel Like Crap!

10/10/2006 1:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Usher to sick to performTMZ has learned that R&B star Usher is sick with the flu and has been unable to perform in the Broadway musical "Chicago." Usher, who has been playing Billy Flynn in the production since August 22, missed several shows Friday through Monday. Fans have lined the streets near the Ambassador Theater each night demanding refunds after discovering his understudy would be performing. Word has it that his doctor has ordered him to be on bed rest the remainder of the week (Wednesdays are his night off anyway) and that he may not return to the stage at all.

The singer was originally scheduled to perform through October 1, but extended his run until October 14, which is also his birthday. The shows have been sold-out for weeks and Usher is reportedly the highest paid to play the role of "Billy" in "Chicago" of all time. No word on whether he'll make up the sick days and extend his run again.

Update: Reps for Usher issued the following statement to TMZ:
Due to an illness, Grammy-Award winning superstar Usher will not be returning to the Broadway stage to complete his final week in the hit musical Chicago. Usher's manager Jonnetta Patton issued the following statement, "Usher is currently being treated for an extreme case of strep throat. He fell ill last Friday and his condition became progressively worse, so under strict orders from his doctors, Usher has been instructed not to perform. He is really saddened that he cannot close out his last week in Chicago"with a bang. Usher has had an amazing time on Broadway and loved every minute of performing on stage with the entire cast of Chicago.He expresses his sincere apologies to all of his fans who purchased tickets to see him in Chicago this final week and appreciate all of their love and support. He is thankful to the producers, the entire cast and production crew of Chicago."


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Oh boo-hoo Usher has the flu! Be a man pansy ass! How about the troops in Iraq? They have more to bitch about then a self-absorbed untalented weiner like Usher.

2901 days ago


He feels like crap? He is crap, looks like it, sounds like it, so he must be crap.

2901 days ago


Does Usher have to use the potty?

2901 days ago

Puh der Baer    

That's right, take the White Man's money and run.

2901 days ago


Usher and Timberlake are two of the biggest posers out there. They both can't sing, dance, or act. All they can do is fart.

2901 days ago


Ummm, dumbidiots, no. Just, no.

2901 days ago


I like Usher- He can sing and he definately can move- and oh the body! mmmmm

2901 days ago

no pervs allowed    

Wrong No.5, they can't even fart in tune.

2901 days ago


poor b'way. always has to resort to the "star" factor to compete with h'wood when it should truly realize they are vastly different mediums. julia, madge, brooke, rosie, flusher... never brought up on the great white way so can't hack it when faced with a little adversity. when they say the show must go on they mean it. only death prevents you from not honoring your commitment to broadway. any true professional knows that.

2901 days ago


White people crack me up.

Thank GOD you are a DYING BREED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And don't worry about responding because I won't come back to read your comments.

F***in peckerwoods!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2900 days ago


D-Man,you're a contrite ass for making the claim that Usher is a pansy. If you ever went to high school, and subsequently participated in Chorus, you will know that a flu( or flu like symptons) wreck havoc on a person's ability to breath. And being a singer, Usher will find it difficult to move, sing, move, and sing; in tune and on key, if he is suffering from this malady.

And issue I have with you is that when did it become conceivable to compare an R&B singer's sickness to the constitution of our armed soldiers overseas? Its like comparing Archipeligos and Pennisulas.It doesn't add up or work. Its understandable in your grief-stricken mind that everyone and everything be compared to our soldiers fighting a metaphorical war, but please for the sake of the dying and stupid, don't.
Usher is sick and can not sing, the end.
Any other comparisons you have are irrevelant.

2900 days ago


I wonder does he feel as bad as my daughter did in Vegas when she politely tried to shake his hand and he basically ignored her as his bodyguard blocked the door.....Your fans deserve much better than that...Christian (my daughter) deserves way better.......

2900 days ago

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