Last week we learned that actress and famous sibling Beanie Feldstein would play Fannie Brice in the first-ever Broadway revival of Funny Girl. That sentence alone could be the sole reason for Lea Michele’s Joker-style origin story, but according to many allegations from the past, Lea’s role as the villain began long before Beanie landed Funny Girl. Lea has been living a life inspired by Barbra for a long time, and I’m sure we’d all totally accept it if Lea’s official response to this news was a 60-second rage scream. But it’s not! Lea went ahead and personally congratulated Beanie on Instagram.
People notes that the day after the news broke about Beanie’s involvement in the Funny Girl revival, Lea Michele’s name trended on Twitter from people asking if she’s okay. Beanie confirmed her new role on Instagram by posting a headline from The New York Times, and saying that “sometimes dreams do come true.” Lots of blue-check types were quick to jump in and congratulate her on what is some very big career news, including Lea Michele, who didn’t come in with a “Break a leg! No, really…“.
In the comment section below, various stars celebrated the good news, including Michele, 34.
“Yes! YOU are the greatest star!” the Glee alum wrote. “This is going to be epic!!”
Lea sang “Don’t Rain On My Parade” in the first season of Glee, and in the later seasons, she goes on to star in a Funny Girl revival after her character Rachel Berry moves to New York City. At one point in time, Ryan Murphy was considering staging a Funny Girl revival with Lea in the lead role. But a source tells People that Lea passed on it, as she had just wrapped Glee, and it felt too soon. During a 2017 appearance on Watch What Happens Live!, Lea said she “really hoped” that she could do Ryan Murphy’s rumored Funny Girl revival because enough time had passed. Well, it looks like the producers of Funny Girl were interested in passing the role past Lea and onto Beanie, like Jessica Lange passing by Lea on an American Horror Story red carpet. Ryan Murphy has anything to do with this revival.
I wonder if Lea isn’t buttering Beanie up because Lea hopes that maybe someone will take pity, and they’ll give her a chance at auditioning for the touring company when the Funny Girl revival goes on tour. Something, anything. How many acts of penance will it take to land the role of Fanny Brice’s daytime understudy for the shows in Akron, OH? Three? Four? Lea is willing to be nice that many times if she needs to be!