Beanie Feldstein Announces Surprise Early Exit From Starring Role in Funny Girl

After starring for the last three months as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl on Broadway, Beanie Feldstein announced that she’s exiting the production earlier than expected.

The actress, who had previously said her final show would be on September 25, revealed on social media that she’ll be leaving her role earlier than expected. “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,” Feldstein began her Instagram post. “Once the production decided to take the show in a different direction, I made the extremely difficult decision to step away sooner than anticipated. I will never forget this experience and from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank every single person who came to the August Wilson for the love and support you have shown me and our amazing cast and crew.”

She continued, “The people I have had the great joy of bringing Funny Girl to life with every night, both on and off the stage, are all remarkably talented and exceptional humans and I hope you continue to join them on Henry Street after I depart on July 31st.”

Shortly after Feldstein’s announcement, the show confirmed on Twitter that they would be making a new casting announcement on Monday at 1 p.m., asking fans to “Stay tuned.” The actress has had to miss multiple performances in recent months due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in June and other unspecified reasons. After initially selling well, ticket sales have also diminished in recent weeks, per Variety. The production also received only one Tony Award nomination and no wins, and its reviews had been very mixed with many unfavorably comparing Feldstein to the role’s originator, Barbra Streisand.

Jane Lynch was also scheduled to depart the production on Feldstein’s original end date in September. It remains unclear if the actress will continue to adhere to that timetable. Ahead of Monday’s formal announcement, it’s also been reported that the show’s producers are considering Lea Michele as a replacement, perhaps in addition with Feldstein’s understudy Julie Benko.

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