Lea Michele will replace Beanie Feldstein in ‘Funny Girl’
After weeks of rumors, it has been officially announced that Lea Michele is replacing "Funny Girl" star Beanie Feldstein on Broadway starting Sept. 6.
Michele took to Instagram to thank fans and all for the "dream come true" breakthrough.
The high-profile casting change came after former “Glee” castmates in 2020 accused the actor of behavior that was interpreted as racist and bullying.
Michele, who started her career on Broadway in productions of "Les Misérables," “Spring Awakening”, etc.
Recently returned to work with the documentary “Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known.”
Feldstein confirmed her early exit from the Broadway revival of "Funny Girl" in an Instagram post Sunday quoting her final show on July 31.
Feldstein explained, “I will never forget this experience and from the bottom of my heart", thanking every single person for their love and support.
Feldstein was originally slated to perform in the show through Sept.
25 alongside Lynch, according to the official “Funny Girl” Twitter account.
Fanny Brice standby Julie Benko will perform the title role from Aug. 2 to Sep. 4 before Michele takes on the role.
Fanny's transition on Broadway was much of a challenge, due to it needing both a set of pipes, a sense of humor and a spunky charm.
Streisand starred Fanny on Broadway in 1964 and won an Oscar in the 1968 film version.
Reviews were mixed to poor, with many critics saying that while Feldstein brought excitement and spirit, her voice was simply not up to the task.