Lea Michele Joins Broadway’s ‘Funny Girl,’ Replaces Beanie Feldstein


Lea Michele and Beanie Feldstein.
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Don’t rain on her parade! Lea Michele is officially joining the cast of Broadway’s Funny Girl after Beanie FeldsteinAnnounced her premature departure.

“Emmy Award-nominee LEA MICHELE and Tony Award-nominee TOVAH FELDSHUH join #FUNNYGIRL beginning September 6!” a post on the musical’s Instagram page read on Monday, July 11. “Don’t miss @beaniefeldstein until July 31st only, followed by @jujujuliebee through September 4th. Gorgeous! See you at the August Wilson! ⭐️.”

Michele, 35, later shared via her own account the casting announcement. “A dream come true is an understatement. 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. @funnygirlbwy #FUNNYGIRL,” she wrote.

Feldstein, 29, had already announced on social media that she would be leaving the show sooner than she expected. It was revealed that Feldstein, 29, had previously announced that she would be leaving the show earlier than expected. BooksmartActress, currently playing Fanny Brice, in the iconic musical. Jane LynchThey would take their final bows on September.

“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 true honor,” the Lady Bird actress wrote in a lengthy — and cryptic — note shared via Instagram on Sunday, July 10. “Once the production decided to take the show in a different direction, I made the extremely difficult decision to step away sooner than anticipated.”

Feldstein added, “I will never forget this experience and from the bottom of my heart. I want you to know how much I appreciate the support and love from everyone who came along to the August Wilson. 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 Street after I depart on July 31st.”

Funny Girl’Feldstein was not nominated for a Tony for her performance in the revival of “The King and I” earlier this year. However, the Neighbors 2Star had big shoes, and was a Broadway legend Barbra StreisandThe lead role was hers. Streisand (now 80) was nominated as Best Actress in a Musical at 1964 Tonys for her portrayal of Fanny. She won an Oscar five years later for the same role in the musical’s adaptation into a film.

When Feldstein’s exit was initially announced, fans were quick to predict that Michele would take over. The Scream QueensAn alumna has repeatedly expressed her love to Streisand and performed many hits.Funny GirlThroughout her tenure, Glee, including the show-stopper “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” In 2017, she even told Andy Cohen Live: Watch What HappensFanny was Fanny’s dream role, viewers tell her.

Michele previously wished Feldstein the best during a November 2021 episode of the “Little Me: Growing Up Broadway” podcast. “There’s been so much talk about me coming to Broadway — and not coming to Broadway!” the Spring Awakeningactress said at the moment. “Listen, I am so unbelievably excited to see Funny GirlBroadway. I can’t wait. I had drinks [director] Michael [Mayer] the other day, and I just think that Beanie is an incredible choice for the production, and I think it’s going to be so wonderful. I can’t wait to see Jane [Lynch] in it as well.”

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