Lea Michele Replaces Beanie Feldstein in ‘Funny Girl’

No one’s going to rain on Lea Michele’s parade anymore: she’s the brand new Funny Girl. On Monday, the Broadway present introduced that Michele will take over the starring position of Fanny Brice from Beanie Feldstein beginning Sept. 6.

The information comes after Feldstein pulled out of the present sooner than anticipated following subpar essential reactions, particularly concerning her efficiency. Feldstein’s final present is ready for July 31. From that date till Sept. 4, her understudy Julie Benko will carry out as Fanny, earlier than Michele takes over.

Michele’s Glee character Rachel Barry dreamt of enjoying Fanny on the present, initially carried out by Barbra Streisand. (Michele additionally carried out “Don’t Rain on My Parade” in the course of the 2010 Tony Awards.) Michele’s position in the Broadway present marks her first since leaving Spring Awakening in 2008.

Michele reacted to the information on her Instagram, sharing her pleasure about being cast in the position. (She restricted feedback on the post attributable to trolls, in fact.)

“A dream come true is an understatement,” she wrote. “I’m so incredibly honored to join this amazing cast and production and return to the stage playing Fanny Brice on Broadway. See you September 6th.”

In different GleeFunny Girl-related information, Jane Lynch, who was set to play Mrs. Brice in the present by means of Sept. 25, will now exit earlier than Michele’s begin on Sept. 6. She’s being changed by Tovah Feldshuh.

Beanie Feldstein introduced her departure from the position on Sunday, June 10, saying that enjoying Fanny Brice was a “lifelong dream of mine.” But after the manufacturing determined to “take the show in a different direction,” she determined to step away.

“I will never forget this experience and from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank every single person who came to the August Wilson for the love and support you have shown me and our amazing cast and crew,” Feldstein wrote. “The people I have had the great joy of bringing Funny Girl to life with every night, both on and off stage, are all remarkably talented and exceptional human beings.”

Michele’s new Broadway position comes a number of months after she launched her lullaby album, Forever, in November 2021. The 8-song LP featured covers of Coldplay’s “Yellow,” the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun,” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”

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