Days after taking her first bow as Fanny Brice within the Broadway revival of “Funny Girl,” Lea Michele has taken a pause from the position amid “a very intense COVID outbreak” on the August Wilson Theatre.
On Saturday, the “Glee” alum introduced she had “officially tested positive” for the coronavirus after receiving an “inconclusive” check outcome earlier that day. In response to “production protocol,” Michele will stay benched for 10 days after lacking each of Saturday’s performances.
“Thankfully staying home today and catching this early protected so many members of our company from being exposed,” Michele stated in an announcement shared on her Instagram Story.
“Funny Girl has been and still is taking a tremendous wave of COVID with close to a dozen company members currently out. We are almost on the other side of this and our swings and understudies are doing such an incredible job to keep our show on its feet. This week has been a dream come true and I cannot wait to get back — you better get ready. See you soon.”
A message on the “Funny Girl” web site confirms that Michele will return to the stage because the Jewish vaudeville legend Sept. 20. Till then, her understudy, Julie Benko, will assume the position of Fanny. Those that already paid to see Michele carry out this month have the choice to trade their tickets.
Different forged members sidelined as of Saturday embrace Debra Cardona (Mrs. Meeker), Toni DiBuono (Mrs. Strakosh), Peter Francis James (Ziegfeld), Martin Moran (Keeney), Ephie Aardema (Emma/Mrs. Nadler), Amber Ardolino (Vera/Ensemble), Stephen Mark Lukas (Renaldi/Ensemble/Paul), John Manzari (RTT Man/Ensemble) and Justin Prescott (Cornet Man/Ensemble).
On Tuesday, Michele made her “Funny Girl” debut on the August Wilson Theatre, the place she acquired six standing ovations. In response to Selection, the present was attended by “Glee” co-creator Ryan Murphy, in addition to Michele’s former “Spring Awakening” costar Jonathan Groff.
In July, Michele was tapped to interchange Beanie Feldstein in “Funny Girl” after the “Booksmart” star revealed she can be exiting the manufacturing “sooner than anticipated” on account of artistic variations.