Virus Forces Lea Michele Off Broadway Stage In ‘Funny Girl’

Followers of Lea Michele hoping to lastly see her singing and dancing in “Funny Girl” on Broadway must be affected person.

The “Glee” actor has examined constructive for COVID-19 — lacking Saturday’s matinee and night efficiency — and should now quarantine, slated to return to the present on Tuesday, Sept. 20. She solely began on Tuesday.

The bittersweet comedy tells the story of Fanny Brice, a Jewish woman from New York within the Twenties who went from burlesque to Broadway phases regardless of criticism that she wasn’t conventionally stunning.

“Funny Girl” is a musical that celebrates the oddballs, the kooky and the misfits, with Jule Styne-penned gems of songs like “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star” and “People.” Barbra Streisand performed her on stage and on movie.

Julie Benko, who had been slated to play Fanny on Thursdays within the revival, can be performing the position now till Michele is again. Michele took over from Beanie Feldstein and stated the position was a lifetime aim.

“We are so thankful to the entire ‘Funny Girl’ company, including our standbys, understudies, swings and everyone working on the production for their remarkable commitment to keeping the show going and ensuring audiences have a great experience at every performance,” the present stated in a press release.

Beginning in July, vaccine necessities for Broadway viewers members had been lifted and theatergoers had the choice to put on a masks in all 41 of New York’s Broadway theaters.

One manufacturing, “The Kite Runner,” pushed again, asking audiences at Wednesday matinees and Friday night time to masks up.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has lifted her state’s necessary masks guidelines in colleges and the subway. Face coverings are merely inspired on buses and trains.