Fans have many thoughts about Beanie Feldstein’s Broadway drama

Beanie Feldstein is leaving Funny Girl early. The actor, who is starring as Fanny Brice in the classic musical, is leaving the Broadway show on July 31, two months ahead of schedule, according to the New York Times. The show opened on April 24 to mixed reviews on The Guardian. During her short run, the actress missed numerous appearances due to a positive COVID diagnosis, according to Billboard.

On July 10, Feldstein shared a vague statement on Instagram announcing her departure from the show. She wrote, “When the production decided to take the show in a different direction, I made the extremely difficult decision to step down sooner than expected.” She also expressed gratitude for the experience and appreciation for the “amazing” cast and crew . But it’s unclear exactly why Feldstein leaves. Lea is rumored to replace Michele Feldstein, per Today. The Funny Girl production casting announcements will be made via Twitter on July 11 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Meanwhile, fans are speculating about Feldstein’s Broadway drama. Let’s take a look.

Fans jump on casting rumors after Beanie Feldstein’s departure

Theater fans are speculating that former Glee star Lea will replace Michele Feldstein in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl. Michele and Feldstein have both starred in Ryan Murphy television shows – Michele as Rachel Berry on Glee and Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky on American Crime Story. Michele even sang “Don’t Rain On My Parade” on “Glee.” Lea Michelle previously revealed that she’d love to take on the role during an interview with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live.

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Twitter is having a big day with these rumors. One user tweeted, “I know Beanie Feldstein and Lea Michele are part of Ryan Murphy’s roster but I want a feud season about this funny girl production.” Another viral tweet read, “25 years from now the kids will be telling the Beanie Feldstein Lea Michele casting scandal on the APUSH DBQ.” Theater lovers are enjoying the moment. Another remarked, “This Beanie Feldstein/Funny Girl drama is better than ANYTHING Ryan Murphy could have written.”

Some fans wish Feldstein well. One person wrote, “I really hope Beanie Feldstein leaves early because she booked something really cool and not because of all the negativity she’s been getting since the show started.”

Hopefully we’ll uncover more details on why exactly Feldstein goes. Luckily, we’ll hear about casting updates very soon.