It’s official:is Broadway’s new “Funny Girl.”
ProducersMonday that Michele will assume the role of Ziegfeld Follies comedian Fanny Brice in the musical starting Sept. 6, succeeding current star Beanie Feldstein.
“A dream come true is an understatement,” Michele. “I’m so incredibly honored to join this amazing cast and production and return to the stage playing Fanny Brice on Broadway. See you September 6th.”
Joining Michele will be actor Tovah Feldshuh, who is replacing Jane Lynch as Mrs. Brice, Fanny’s mother. Actorsand Jared Grimes, who starred alongside Feldstein in the roles of Nick Arnstein and Eddie Ryan, will remain with the production.
Michele last appeared on Broadway in 2006, when she originated the role of Wendla in “.” Rumors of her casting had been circulating on and some for weeks prior to the announcement.
The musical is familiar territory for the actor, who performedfrom over the course of her six-season run on “Glee.” Her “Glee” character, Rachel Berry, also played Fanny Brice on Broadway during the show’s fifth season.
The announcement comes just one day after Feldsteinfrom “Funny Girl” in a cryptic Instagram post. Though the “Booksmart” and “Lady Bird” actor had been slated to remain in the production through Sept. 25, her final performance will now be July 31.
“Once the production decided to take the show in a different direction, I made the extremely difficult decision to step away sooner than expected,”. “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 [Theatre] for the love and support you have shown me and our amazing cast and crew.”
Actor, who is Feldstein’s current standby, will play Fanny Brice in the interim weeks before Michele joins the cast. She’ll to perform the role on Thursday nights this fall.
The character of Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” has long been associated with, who originated the role in 1964 and won an Oscar for the four years later. The current production of “Funny Girl” marks the first time that the show has been revived on Broadway since its premiere 58 years ago.
Feldstein’s performance, however, received afrom Many felt the actor’s singing voice was for the challenging score, which includes such classics as “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and “People.” The show was also noticeably absent from last month, in spite of a featured actor nomination for Grimes.