Beanie Feldstein introduced that she will probably be leaving her starring function within the Broadway revival of “Funny Girl” sooner than initially deliberate. In an announcement she shared on Instagram, the actor mentioned her final day could be July 31, nearly two months sooner than her initially introduced final date, Sept. 25.
The actor wrote on Instagram on July 10, “Playing Fanny Brice on Broadway has been a lifelong dream of mine, and doing so for the last few months has been a great joy and a true honor. Once the production decided to take the show in a different direction, I made the extremely difficult decision to step away sooner than anticipated.”
She continued, “I will never forget this experience and from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank very single person who came to the August Wilson for the love and support you have shown me and our amazing cast and crew. The people I have had the great joy of bringing ‘Funny Girl’ to life with every night, both on and off the stage, are all remarkably talented and exceptional humans and I hope you continue to join them on Henry Strett after I depart on July 31st.”
Feldstein didn’t make clear what “different direction” the manufacturing, which opened in April, could be getting into, although rumors have been circulating for weeks that former “Glee” star Lea Michele could be moving into the function. Michele’s former “Glee” costar Jane Lynch is at present within the manufacturing, however is scheduled to go away Sept. 25. It’s not clear if she may even transfer up her final date. In June 2020, Michele was accused of bullying and racism by a lot of her former “Glee” colleagues, and Michele issued an apology on Instagram. The Funny Girl Twitter account mentioned a casting announcement would come on July 11.
This “Funny Girl” revival is the primary Broadway manufacturing of the present for the reason that authentic manufacturing was staged in 1964, starring Barbra Streisand in what would develop into her signature function. Streisand additionally starred within the hit 1968 movie adaptation. The musical is loosely primarily based on the lifetime of actor and comic Fanny Brice and her sophisticated marriage to entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein. Its most well-known tune is “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” which Michele coated within the first season of “Glee.”
Meanwhile, Feldstein, who additionally starred within the 2017 revival of “Hello, Dolly!,” hasn’t introduced what’s subsequent for her. In June, she obtained engaged to her girlfriend Bonnie Chance Roberts.