Thursday, May 30, 2024

Broadway: Bad News as Beanie Feldstein Out of “Funny Girl” Again, This Time with COVID


Bad news for fans of Beanie Feldstein. The usually effervescent star of “Funny Girl” will be out the rest of this week.

On Instagram, Beanie says she’s tested positive for COVID, so for the safety of cast and crew she’s home for the time being.

Julie Benko, Beanie’s understudy, will take over. Benko has filled in Beanie a few times already since the show opened in late April.

Beanie’s timing is right for being off the Great White Way this week. It’s Tony Awards week and she was, sadly, not nominated for her performance. She should have been acknowledged for doing a fine job. But instead the “Funny Girl” revival was largely ignored by awards groups.

Let’s hope Beanie gets well fast and returns to the show quickly.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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