Two-and-a-half years after being “canceled” for her offensively horrible personality, Lea Michele has hit an all-time career high. No, it’s not becoming the face of buccal fat removal. It’s starring in Funny Girl, which just broke a box office record at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre
She did it. She showed them all! Lea Michele is, in fact and in deed, the greatest star. Deadline reports that since Lea took over the role of Fanny Brice in Broadway’s beleaguered revival of Funny Girl, ticket sales have skyrocketed netting the show $1.6 million for Lea’s first week of performances, up from just $659,874 the previous week. Ipso facto, since in America we equate profit with greatness, Lea is the undisputed greatest star (of the current cast of the Funny Girl revival on Broadway except on Thursdays when Julie Benko plays the role. On those days Julie is the greatest star and Lea reverts to the greatest star who can’t read).
“You back there! I see you. You’re not standing, bitch. Groff, grab my prunes, a wig needs shitting in.”
After successfully praying at her altar to the dark Gods for Beanie Feldstein’s downfall, Lea Michele made her debut as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl on Broadway last night, and apparently, it was a success. And it was such a success that Lea reportedly got seven standing ovations. Although, the audience was filled with her friends and past co-workers like Jonathan Groff, Ryan Murphy, Drew Barrymore, Lee Pace, Zachary Quinto, and many theater people like Harvey Fierstein. So they had to stand or Lea Michele would get their asses! And Lea probably made her assistant hide electro shock pads on each chair and trigger that shit every time Lea wanted a standing O. But still, Lea is now out of the cancel corner and is back! And I’m sure that her power bars of evil are quickly recharging as Jonathan Groff reads her all the words of praise for her performance this morning.
Broadway’s newest Funny Girl and enemy of the people, Lea Michele is riding high after all the positive buzz around her assumption of the lead role. Rumors swirled for some time that Lea would take over from Beanie Feldstein, who unfortunately wasn’t really winning over audiences with her interpretation of Fanny Brice, and after years of work and multiple voodoo curses, Lea finally got the role of her dreams. With scalpers making a mint on Lea’s upcoming debut, it’s safe to say that she’s probably loving every minute of attention. But with that attention comes criticism (and not just from former Glee co-star Samantha Ware). Jamie Lee Curtis (huh??) shaded Lea in Jamie’s podcast, Good Friend. The clip is from 2021 but it’s never too old for a gold ole’ fashioned Lea Michele diss. Jessica Lange knows what I’m talking about!
“Funny Girl” Producers Say They Weren’t Blindsided By Beanie Feldstein’s Announcement That She’s Leaving The Show Early
We continue the postmortem on Beanie Feldstein’s departure from Broadway’s Funny Girl revival, which began innocently enough, and has quickly evolved into some major drama (appropriate, considering this all takes place in the theater). Beanie was supposed to wrap her run as the titular funny girl Fanny Brice on September 25th. Recently though, she revealed that producers of the show were going in a direction she wasn’t too thrilled about, and decided that she’d be done at the end of this month. That news broke right as it was revealed that her role would be scooped up by none other than Tinseltown tiny terror Lea Michele. Sources have claimed that no one at Funny Girl knew Beanie would be pulling out so abruptly. But the producers themselves, along with a rep for Beanie, have released a statement denying that it was that messy behind the scenes.
Scalpers Are Already Trying To Cash In On Lea Michele In “Funny Girl,” And Beanie Feldstein Might Have Been Blindsided By The News
It’s been all of three seconds since Lea Michele landed the role of a lifetime: that of a real-life Barbra Streisand impersonator at the heart of some ambition-based musical theater drama. Or rather, the replacement role of Fanny Brice in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl, left vacant by Beanie Feldstein, who originally chose to leave the show in September, but then suddenly changed her mind and wanted out as soon as humanly possible (hmmm…I wonder why??). Lea replacing Beanie has turned into Broadway gossip Christmas, and some scalpers are doing the absolute most to profit off of the situation, including driving up ticket prices into the four-figure mark. Oh, and there are more rumors about Lea’s little takeover, which is great news if you wanted to guess exactly when producers handed her the part.