Monday 15 August 2022 04:07 PM Lea Michele shares first look at Funny Girl rehearsals trends now
Lea Michele shared a first look of herself singing in rehearsals in the Broadway revival Funny Girl.
The 35-year-old actress posted the snap on Friday while singing Don't Rain on My Parade 'for the first time ever today.'
Lea took over the role of Fanny Brice from actress Beanie Feldstein.
The latest: Lea Michele shared a first look of herself singing in rehearsals in the Broadway revival Funny Girl
Lea wrote: 'The incredible @Epiheaardema got a photo of me singing don't rain on my parade on a Broadway stage for the first time ever today! @Epihieaardema you are amazing I love you!!!'
In the snap, Lea donned a black jacket and matching bottoms, adding heels; she had her hair pulled back into a casual look.
Although it was initially announced that Beanie would leave the show on September 25, she fired up her Instagram in mid-July and shocked her fans by declaring that she would in fact be exiting the show early at the end of that month.
It was claimed that Beanie found out from Gawker that she was being replaced by Lea after a string of bad reviews, and was in such a state at being booted from her 'dream role' that she surprised the producers by publicly quitting early.
Happy: The 35-year-old actress posted the snap on Friday while singing Don' Rain on My Parade 'for the first time ever today'
An inside source dished to The Daily Beast that Beanie, whose older brother is Jonah Hill, was 'basically fired' from the show.
However the producers and a representative for Beanie told People in a joint statement: 'The producers of Funny Girl were not blindsided by Beanie's social post.'
They continued: 'The producers decided to take the show in a different direction and end Beanie's contract on September 25th, 6 months earlier than anticipated. A month after that decision, Beanie decided it was best for her to leave on July 31st. The producers were aware of and in support of her decision.'
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The statement concluded: 'The producers and Beanie worked on this together professionally, respectfully and graciously.'
Until Lea's takeover in September, Fanny is being played by Julie Benko, who served as Beanie's understudy and earned praise online when she stepped into the part.
The current Funny Girl revival is directed by Michael Mayer, who won a Tony for the original production of Spring Awakening - the show that made Lea a Broadway star.
Moving on: Beanie Feldstein previously held the role in the revival. Her singing received mixed