The Perfect Enemy | COVID: Lea Michele cancels ‘Funny Girl’ performances
September 25, 2022

COVID: Lea Michele cancels ‘Funny Girl’ performances

COVID: Lea Michele cancels ‘Funny Girl’ performances  New York Daily NewsView Full Coverage on Google News

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There’s some rain on Lea Michele’s parade.

The TV and Broadway star announced on social media Saturday that she would not be able to take the stage as Fanny Brice — for either the matinee or evening show — in the much-hyped Broadway revival of “Funny Girl” due to COVID-19 concerns.

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“I’m devastated to say that due to early signs and symptoms of COVID and an inconclusive test result — due to the production’s safety protocols I’m not allowed to perform for today’s shows,” Michele wrote on her Instagram story.

“I will be testing again and will know more about tomorrow’s performance soon,” she added.

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Early Saturday afternoon, the production team behind the show shared a statement on social media announcing that Julie Benko would replace Michele for performances at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre.

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“Julie is going to crush it today as Fanny — as are all of our amazing understudies who have stepped up so incredibly this week while we battle a very intense COVID outbreak in our theater,” Michele added.

The 36-year-old Michele, who was nominated for an Emmy for her work in the Fox musical series “Glee,” made her highly-anticipated “Funny Girl’ debut on Tuesday, when she received six standing ovations.

“I want to say thank you wholeheartedly for the support following my first performance on the Broadway stage as Fanny Brice,” Michelle wrote on Instagram following Tuesday’s performance.

“I know I’ve said it before, but joining this cast has truly been the greatest honor. I am so grateful to every person involved in this production,” she added.

According to the show, “a number of company members” will also be “unable to perform due to industry COVID protocols,” as producers acknowledged “all of our incredibly talented standbys, swings and understudies,” who will step in and cover for their peers.

In June, the Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway industry, announced that all 41 theaters on the Great White Way would adopt a “mask optional” policy starting in July.

However, audience members are still “strongly encouraged to wear masks in theatres,” consistent with city and state recommendations, according to the group.