Meno di un anno dopo l’annuncio del suo casting, Beanie Feldstein ha rivelato che si dimetterà dal ruolo di Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl”. Il personaggio – originariamente reso famoso da Barbara Streisand nel 1964 – è tornato sulle scene a marzo, per la prima volta in 58 anni. Tuttavia, Feldstein ha annunciato che terminerà il suo mandato con lo spettacolo il 31 luglio.
"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," she wrote on Instagram. "Once the production decided to take the show in a different direction, I made the extremely difficult decision to step away sooner than anticipated."
Following Feldstein's announcement, fans began to speculate that Lea Michele, who famously sang "Don't Rain on My Parade" on an episode of "Glee," would replace the "Booksmart" actor. In fact, Michele performed a total of five songs from the Broadway production during her time on the hit Fox show. And while it has only been a few days since Feldstein's shocking revelation, news of her replacement has already been announced.
Lea Michele is officially joining 'Funny Girl'
Beanie Feldstein may be saying goodbye to her role as Fanny Brice, but that doesn't mean the end for the quirky character. "Glee" actor Lea Michele is set to take on the role, as revealed in a post shared by the official "Funny Girl" Instagram account. The production also announced that Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh would be starring alongside Michele as Mrs. Brice. To fill the gap between the time when Feldstein departs and Michele joins, the production tapped Broadway actor Julie Benko to fill the gap.
Confirmation of Michele's casting drew mixed reactions from fans online. "Leah should have been there in the first place! It's hers," one person tweeted. While another wrote, "That horrid Lea Michele replacing Beanie Feldstein in #FunnyGirl is the greatest insult to Jewish girls ever. We deserve so much better than this. This is a travesty." And while some fans feel that Feldstein was unfairly treated on Broadway, others seemed to argue that Michele does, in fact, have the vocal prowess to take on the role.