Was Beanie Feldstein FIRED from 'Funny Girl'? Former 'Glee' star Lea Michele to replace her
Update: There seems more to the Beanie Broadway story than what was earlier reported. Beanie Feldstein who plays Fanny Brice and was slated to keep the role until September 25, earlier than the end-of-the-year date she had signed on for. However, producers claim they were blindsided by Beanie's revelation that ashe was leaving at the end of July," insiders dished to RadarOnline.com and claimed that producers said, "she will never work on Broadway again!" Beanie's character will now be played by Lea Michele. The former 'Glee' actress confirmed the exciting news on July 11.
The sources told Radar that the 29-year-old actress was fired from production due to low ticket sales and a slew of bad reviews. "She signed a year contract but after the negative reviews and huge drop in ticket sales, producers asked her to leave in September when Jane Lynch was scheduled to leave," informants divulged a day after her departure made headlines.
"A dream come true is an understatement," Lea captioned the announcement. "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." Beanie's standby, Julie Benko, will take over starting August 2 until Lea takes charge.
Beanie Feldstein announced her departure from 'Funny Girl' on Broadway earlier than expected in a vague statement shared on her social media accounts on Sunday, July 10. "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 29-year-old actor whose real name is Elizabeth Greer "Beanie" Feldstein wrote. "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 was initially announced to leave the show on September 25, 2022, alongside Jane Lynch who stars as Brice's mother. However, Feldstein has left her fans in shock with the sudden announcement. "I will never forget this experience and from the bottom of my heart," Feldstein continued. "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," she added. Meanwhile, Lea Michele can be expected to take over for 'Funny Girl' according to Showbiz 411.
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She concluded, "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."
Earlier, it was rumored that Lea Michele will take over for her when she leaves. Michele has publicly manifested her desire to play the Barbra Streisand-original character for years. Rumors circulated at the time that she would be joining the musical after 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy purchased the rights to 'Funny Girl', but a source told People that she declined "mainly because she thought what she did on 'Glee' was everything she could have brought to the role." Meanwhile, the show makers are all set to announce the cast today. This morning, the show makers shared on Twitter that they will be announcing the casting at 1 PM EST. "Stay tuned, gorgeous…," they wrote.
Stay tuned, gorgeous… pic.twitter.com/s9DIfSq2Jg— Funny Girl on Broadway (@FunnyGirlBwy) July 10, 2022
The users on Twitter seemed excited about the new cast. However, some are disappointed with Feldstein's departure and don't approve of Michele as Funny Girl. "Lea Michele replacing Beanie in Funny Girl is the equivalent of Sony putting Morbius back into theaters," a user wrote.
Lea Michele replacing Beanie in Funny Girl is the equivalent of Sony putting Morbius back into theaters.— Jefficle Sachs (@jeffsachs) July 11, 2022
"If lea michele gets funny girl i am ripping my hair out," another user wrote.
if lea michele gets funny girl i am ripping my hair out— renee (@mxrecxwbell) July 11, 2022
One user wrote, "Replying to God if the news is that the racist prima donna known as Lea Michele is taking over the role of #FannyBrice then #FunnyGirl should just close right now because she does not deserve it."
God if the news is that the racist prima donna known as Lea Michele is taking over the role of #FannyBrice then #FunnyGirl should just close right now because she does not deserve it.— Kate an Leabharlannaí (@KLeabharlannai) July 11, 2022
"If Lea Michele is announced as funny girl tomorrow I am simply going to pass away," another wrote.
If Lea Michele is announced as funny girl tomorrow I am simply going to pass away— $uddenly$eymour1985 (@rottennjelly) July 11, 2022
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In the past, Feldstein, who has appeared in films such as 'Lady Bird' and 'Booksmart', has had a difficult life. She was passed over for a Tony Award nomination for 'Funny Girl' and had to miss multiple performances due to a Covid diagnosis in June and other unspecified reasons. Some critics have also compared Feldstein to the original star Barbra Streisand who played the role in the iconic musical that premiered in 1964.
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