Home Health Broadway: Is “Funny Girl” Cursed? Lea Michele Out for a Week with...

On Tuesday, Lea Michele played her first performance as Fanny brice in “Funny Girl” on Broadway. It didn’t last long.

Lea was already on Friday and Saturday with suspected case of COVID. Now it’s been confirmed and she won’t return until September 20th.

Once again, understudy Julie Benko– who’s filled in many times as Fanny since the show opened in April — will take her place on stage. I haven’t seen her, but Benko has built up a loyal and passionate following. She’s said to be terrific as Fanny.

But what a situation for this cursed show. Beanie Feldstein took off the show’s first weekend to attend a wedding. She started not showing up, claiming illnesses of various sorts, until she finally stepped down from the role in mid July.

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