The Glee star took over the lead function within the revival on Sept. 6, a little bit greater than a month after Beanie Feldstein departed the manufacturing. On Sept. 10, Michele posted on Instagram that she was displaying “early indicators” of COVID-19, after receiving an inconclusive take a look at outcome, and would miss each Saturday performances. A later take a look at confirmed her prognosis.
“Sadly, I’ve formally examined optimistic for COVID. In following manufacturing protocol I can’t return to the theater for 10 days,” Michele wrote on Instagram. “Fortunately staying dwelling at present and catching this early protected so many members of our firm from being uncovered.”
Michele will return to the present on Sept. 20, in accordance with the manufacturing.
Julie Benko, who has been slated to play the function of Fanny Brice on Thursday evenings, will carry out in all reveals by means of Sept. 18. Benko has been a standby within the manufacturing and performed the function of Brice for a number of weeks in August earlier than Michele started.
“We’re so grateful to the complete FUNNY GIRL firm, together with our standbys, understudies, swings and everybody engaged on the manufacturing for his or her exceptional dedication to conserving the present going and making certain audiences have an excellent expertise at each efficiency,” the manufacturing mentioned in a press release.
Michele’s casting in the production has been met with each fanfare — Michele sang a number of of the Humorous Woman songs on Glee — and controversy attributable to each her alternative of Feldstein and her alleged previous therapy of forged members of colour on Glee. Feldstein originated the function within the revival, which opened in April, however didn’t obtain stellar opinions and later acknowledged she would leave the role sooner than anticipated after the manufacturing “determined to take the present in a special path.”
In a New York Instances profile forward of her begin in present, Michele acknowledged that her working model can have “an edge” to it however mentioned she had mirrored on previous conduct and now felt prepared to steer the present.
“I actually perceive the significance and worth now of being a pacesetter,” she mentioned. “It means not solely going and doing a superb job when the digicam’s rolling, but in addition when it’s not. And that wasn’t all the time crucial factor for me.”