Saturday, February 24, 2024

Broadway: “Funny Girl” Trouble Continues, Beanie Feldstein Out for Weekend with Tonsillitis


September cannot come fast enough for the producers of “Funny Girl” on Broadway.

Star Beanie Feldstein, who’s missed dozens of shows for dozens of reasons, is out this weekend. She says on social media she has tonsillitis.

Presumably understudy Julie Benko, who should get a special award for always stepping up and always being great, will take today’s matinee and evening performances and tomorrow’s matinee. She did perform last night as well.

On Instagram, Beanie, who is leaving the show on July 31st, says she’s looking forward to her last two weeks as Fanny Brice. Benko takes over for August, and Lea Michele arrives right after Labor Day to save the failing musical. So far, Michele’s tickets are in hot demand.

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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