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Lea Michele would be in the running to replace Beanie Feldstein in Funny Girl

Lea Michele would be in the running to replace Beanie Feldstein in Funny Girl

It was recently announced that Beanie Feldstein will be leaving the role of Fanny Brice in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl at the end of September.

The casting change, which also includes finding a replacement for Jane Lynch’s role as Fanny’s mother, Mrs. Rose Brice, comes after less than stellar reviews nearly 10 months after she was cast.

The big question now: who will reprise the role, originally immortalized on stage by Barbara Streisand in the 1960s. While the logical choice is Feldstein’s current replacement, Julie Benko, producers would have their eyes on Lea Michele, according Showbiz 411.

Leaving early: Beanie Feldman, 28, leaves the role of Fanny nearly two months after the revival opens on Broadway at the August Wilson Theater

Story with role;  Michele, 35, sang many Funny Girl songs during her run on the hit music series Glee (2009-2015)

Casting changes: Beanie Feldman is leaving her role as Fanny Brice in the Funny Girl revival early, and former Glee star Lea Michele would be a producer

The semi-biographical plot is based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedian Fanny Brice, featuring her rocky relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein.

The former Glee star was rumored to be in the running for the role after performing numerous songs during her run on the hit musical series.

But, in the end, that never materialized for Michele and Feldstein ended up landing the job.

With Feldstein in the lead role, Funny Girl did not become the smash hit the producers had hoped for.

More farewells: Along with Feldstein, it was also announced that actress Jane Lynch is leaving her role as Mrs. Rose Brice at the end of September

More farewells: Along with Feldstein, it was also announced that actress Jane Lynch is leaving her role as Mrs. Rose Brice at the end of September

As an understudy, Benko actually played Fanny during planned absences and Feldman’s recent bout with COVID-19, receiving mostly praise.

And just last weekend, Michele pleaded to be the replacement when she lit up the stage and TV screens at home, with her captivating performance at the Spring Awakening reunion during Sunday’s Tony Awards. .

Unlike Feldstein, Michele comes with a lot more stage and singing credibility, which was seen on a grand scale during her time on Glee, which ultimately became a huge hit with audiences for six seasons (2009-2015).

Another potential plus in Michele’s favor: She actually worked with Funny Girl director Michael Mayer when he directed his first starring role in Spring Awakenings.

Broadway worthy: Michele made the case for the role of Fanny Brice in a captivating performance during the Spring Awakening reunion at the 75th Tony Awards last Sunday

Broadway worthy: Michele made the case for the role of Fanny Brice in a captivating performance during the Spring Awakening reunion at the 75th Tony Awards last Sunday

Feldstein will make her final performance as Fanny Brice at the August Wilson Theater on September 25.

“I will never be able to find the words that could even begin to explain what the experience has been like for me,” Feldstein shared on Instagram after his resignation was announced.

She added: “I have given and will continue to give my all to this show. I am immensely proud to be a bagel on a plate full of onion buns. I am deeply grateful for everyone else. bagels that come with us every night on Henry St. Can’t wait to see you all there until September.

Staying on board: Actors Jared Grimes (left), who plays Eddie Ryan and Ramin Karimloo (second from left), who plays Nick Arnstein, will stay with the show for the next run

Staying on board: Actors Jared Grimes (left), who plays Eddie Ryan and Ramin Karimloo (second from left), who plays Nick Arnstein, will stay with the show for the next run

Sources said Deadline that Lynch had always planned to leave the production in September, but that Feldstein was to possibly stay until the end of the year.

Actors Jared Grimes, who plays Eddie Ryan and Ramin Karimloo, who plays Nick Arnstein, will stay with the show for the next run.

So far, there’s no official word on when Feldstein and Lynch’s replacements will be announced.

Funny Girl opened on Broadway on April 24 and currently has an open-ended run. Among the accolades, the 1964 production with Streisand as Fanny received eight nominations for the 18th Tony Awards.

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