Sick Stewart’s Broadway struggle

The X-Men star appears in David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre opposite former Grey’s Anatomy actor T.R. Knight.

The play debuted in New York last week (ends17Oct10), but Stewart admits he was nervous about the first official perfomance because he has been suffering from a condition which has affected his vocal cords.

And Stewart nearly gave up mid-way through the first show as his voice began to crack.

He tells the New York Post, “Without her (my vocal coach), I nearly wouldn’t have made it through opening night. The audience was very alert, very responsive. But, on top of everything else, I developed a nasty infection in my vocal cords. In one scene, our operating-table scene, I almost didn’t think I’d get through it. I struggled. My voice was giving out. I think I’d rather go on with a broken leg. It really could have been an incident, but we two men know one another well so we made it work.”