Lea Michele makes final ‘Funny Girl’ appearance on Broadway – The Hollywood Reporter

Lea Michele ended her career as a Broadway star Funny girl on Sunday.

The actress stepped into the role a year ago, replacing Beanie Feldstein, who debuted in the title role of Fanny Brice earlier this year.

The revival opened in April 2022 and received mixed reviews. Many argued that Feldstein failed to follow in the footsteps of Barbra Streisand, who originated the role on Broadway in 1964, received a Tony nomination and subsequently won an Oscar for her performance in the 1968 film adaptation. Feldstein gave hers Farewell announced in July 2022. Meanwhile, Tovah Feldshuh took over Jane Lynch’s role as Fanny’s mother.

With Michele on board, producers reported were able to recover the capitalization costs The New York Times, The show ran for nearly 600 performances at the August Wilson Theater in New York.

At Sunday’s show, Michele received seven standing ovations. She also treated the audience to a bonus song, “My Man,” which Streisand sang in the film adaptation of the musical. By the way, Michele also performed the song in her TV series Joywhich ran on Fox from 2009 to 2015.

“This was my dream come true,” Michele told the audience after her final performance, as quoted by the Just. “I was truly given the greatest gift that exceeded that dream, and that was the unconditional true love and support of this cast who worked so, so, so hard. I was embraced with open arms from the first moment.”

She also posted a lengthy statement on Instagram about what she described as “the role of a lifetime.”

Along with a photo of her on stage, she captioned the post, “Thank you for all the love and support.” This has truly been the most extraordinary year and chapter of my life. I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

As for the next performance, Michele said her next show has already been planned, indicating that the audience is familiar with it but “musically it’s very different,” she said diversity earlier this year.

Meanwhile a Funny girl The tour, starring Katerina McCrimmon, begins Saturday in Providence, Rhode Island

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