The Producers Of “Funny Girl” Reportedly Want Lea Michele To Replace Beanie Feldstein

June 18, 2022 / Posted by:

After news broke that “greatest star” Beanie Feldstein (along with normal star Jane Lynch) would be leaving the Funny Girl Broadway revival after five grueling months and one week of battling COVID, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will be taking over the coveted lead role of Fanny Brice. Will it be Beanie’s understudy Julie Benko who reportedly killed it during Beanie’s absence? Or maybe THE Barbra Streisand herself, Lea Michele? Well, according to the rumor mill, Lea might actually be in the running for replacing Beanie. See, kids? If you cast the right voodoo curse, dreams CAN come true!

The play’s producers and Beanie herself announced her impending departure recently. The play itself hasn’t met expectations, garnering mixed reviews and receiving only one Tony nomination. It’s not clear if Beanie is jumping ship or being pushed off. Either way, come September, theater goers will be greeted with a new Fanny. Julie Benko has been getting positive buzz which you think would put her at the top of the heap, but you underestimate the power of the ultimate theater kid! As put by Showbiz 411:

We know that Beanie Feldstein will exit her role as Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” in September. Jane Lynch, who plays Fanny’s mother, is going with her.

Now I’m told by insiders that the producers have found the obvious new Fanny: Lea Michele.

The “Glee” star has always wanted the role. When she was in “Glee” there was a lot of talk about her taking the part. But a lot of things went sideways, and it never happened.

This past Sunday, Lea Michele was a hit on the Tony Awards during the “Spring Awakening” reunion. She was really given the spotlight, and hit a home run.

The Tonys appearance was either because her deal was already done, or because producers were waiting to see how Michele would be received. It was all ‘thumbs up.’

Looks like Lea Michele yanked off her Groucho Marx mustache and “insider” name tag to attend the Tony Awards for the Spring Awakening reunion to hit that “home run.” This is probably the only positive story that’s come out about Lea in recent history. She’s mainly been in the news for being a monster, losing out to Beanie for Funny Girl, and showing off her goodies to her co-star Jonathan Groff. The last one was information voluntarily shared by Lea to promote the Spring Awakening HBO documentary. That’s just the kind of press you can expect if Lea becomes Fanny. But I guess producers saw that the current iteration of Funny Girl was flagging and thought that any press is good press. And Rachel Berry always brings it. I mean it’s usually for terrible things, but buzz is buzz! There’s no word on who’s replacing Jane Lynch yet, but if I know Lea, she’s probably somewhere planting a story about how versatile she is at acting and can even do two parts if required!

And in case you’re unconvinced that Lea is thirsting for this role, may I remind you that she not only played the role in Glee, but also conveniently sang a rendition of Don’t Rain on My Parade at the Tonys 11 years back? If Lea becomes America’s funny girl, then that means we’re officially in the Glee timeline. Expect a cover single from Gwyneth Paltrow’s version of Rihanna’s Umbrella out soon!

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