Move Over Beanie! Lea Michele Reportedly Wants To Take Over in 'Funny Girl'

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday June 21, 2022

Lea Michele
Lea Michele  (Source:Associated Press)

After Lea Michele's dream of becoming this generation's Barbra Streisand was thwarted when Beanie Feldstein was chosen to star as Fanny Brice in the Broadway revival of "Funny Girl," the "Glee" star is reportedly plotting a takeover.

As reported by Daily Mail, Michele might finally get her chance to show off her "Funny Girl" chops now that Feldstein is vacated the role. Jane Lynch, also a "Glee" alum, is also vacating her role as Fanny's mother, Mrs. Rose Brice.

The casting mix up comes on the heels of less than stellar reviews and no Tony nominations for the production. Feldstein plans to flee from the role September 25, while Lynch's contract reportedly was always supposed to end then.

"I'll never be able to find the words that could even begin to explain what the experience has been to me," said Feldstein in an Instagram post following the news that she was leaving the role.

Since the news, Feldstein has missed a number of shows reportedly due to a COVID-19 infection. However, she recently shared that she will be back into the role until her time comes to an end.

"I gave and will continue to give this show all of me. I am immensely proud to be a bagel on a plate full of onion rolls," she wrote in an Instagram post. "I am so deeply grateful for every other bagel that comes to Henry Street with us every night. Can't wait to see you all there through September."

Filling in for Feldstein while away has been stand-in Julie Benko, who has received rave reviews. But producers reportedly still have their eye on Michele to revitalize the production with some much-needed star power.

Any doubts about Michele's capabilities were put out of mind during her performance in the "Spring Awakening" reunion during this year's recent Tony Awards.

Streisand first immortalized the role of Fanny Brice on stage during a production of the show in the 1960s. As Fanny, in the 1964, Streisand received eight nominations at the 18th Tony Awards.

With Streisand being one of Michele's stage idols, Michele seems like a shoo-in to do the same.

Actors Jared Grimes, who plays Eddie Ryan and Ramin Karimloo, who plays Nick Arnstein, will remain with the show for the next run.

Opening on Broadway April 24, "Funny Girl" has an open-ended run on Broadway.