Monday, June 17, 2024

Broadway: Beanie Feldstein Leaving “Funny Girl” Eight Weeks Early, Lea Michele Likely Successor (Exclusive)


Beanie Feldstein says she’s leaving “Funny Girl” on Juy 31st. She missed the Saturday matinee and has skipped a lot of other performances since the show opened in April.

“Funny Girl” says that they’ll announce her replacement tomorrow, Monday. at 1pm. I told you weeks ago that Lea Michele of “Glee” fame is her likely successor.

Other cast members may be changing as well. Jane Lynch is likely to go with Beanie rather than wait til the late September date already announced.

Beanie’s announcement is below. I feel bad. Beanie is a talented actor with a great voice. I think she got a raw deal on Broadway from people who wanted Barbra Streisand and got a young Totie Fields.

Beanie will survive. Now we wait and see if Lea Michele got the part as I was told. If not, there’s not much we can say.

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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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