Lea Michele is reportedly under the weather and had to sit out the August 29 performance of Broadway's Funny Girl. With the revival rapidly approaching its September 3 final bow, the absence has many wondering if the Glee star will be back for the final performances. In an update posted to Instagram by the production earlier today, Michele will miss both performances August 30 but will return for the final weekend beginning Friday, September 1.
Understudy Julie Benko, who already covers Thursday evening performances, will continue to be on in Michele's place.
The Broadway revival of Funny Girl stars Michele alongside Ramin Karimloo, Jared Grimes, and Tovah Feldshuh. The production opened April 24, 2022, with Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice, after beginning previews March 26. Michele stepped into the role September 6 alongside Tovah Feldshuh, succeeding Jane Lynch as Mrs. Brice.
Fanny Brice understudy Benko had a principal run as Fanny in August 2022, between Feldstein's departure and Michele's arrival. She now serves as an alternate for the role, performing on Thursdays.
Building upon Jule Styne's original score and Bob Merrill's lyrics, Tony winner Harvey Fierstein revised the book (from Isobel Lennart's original) for this revival of the biomusical tracking real-life singer and comic Fanny Brice. From humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York, Brice rose to fame and fortune onstage in the Ziegfeld Follies and as a radio and screen performer. The original 1964 production propelled a young Barbra Streisand to international fame; she reprised her stage performance in the 1968 film adaptation, winning an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in the process.