Tonight, Beanie Feldstein announced that she will be leaving her role as the lead in the Broadway production of Funny Girl even sooner than previously announced, with her last performance scheduled for July 31.
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Beanie Feldstein Is Leaving Broadway Revival of ‘Funny Girl’
Feldstein wrote tonight on Instagram, “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. Once the production decided to take the show in a different direction, I made the extremely difficult decision to step away sooner than anticipated. I will never forget this experience, and from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone 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 Street after I depart on July 31st.”
Feldstein did not elaborate on the “different direction” the production was supposedly taking.
Though no official statement has been made, rumors have been circulating for weeks that Lea Michele is being considered as a replacement, perhaps in conjunction with Feldstein’s understudy Julie Benko. There has been no official word from the production team.
Feldstein has been absent from more and more shows in recent weeks, most recently yesterday’s afternoon performance. Due to a positive Covid test, she had to skip a few performances last month.
Feldstein was slated to remain with the production through the end of the year when it premiered on April 24 (to mixed reviews), but producers announced last month that she and co-star Jane Lynch would be leaving the show on September 25. There was no new information released about Lynch today.
Grosses have not been as high as they were at the beginning of the run because there were no major Tony nominations or wins for the production. According to the most recent available statistics, which cover the week ending on July 3, only 75% of the seats in the theatre were occupied when Funny Girl was performing.
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