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Covid forces Lea Michele off Broadway stage in ‘Funny Girl’

Lea Michele fans who hope to finally see her sing and dance in “Funny Girl” on Broadway will have to arm themselves with patience.

The ‘Glee’ actor tested positive for Covid-19 – missing Saturday morning and evening – and is now due to quarantine, and is expected to return to the show on Tuesday, September 20. It only started on Tuesday.

The bittersweet comedy tells the story of Fanny Brice, a Jewish girl from 1920s New York who transitioned from burlesque to Broadway stages despite criticism that she was unconventionally beautiful.

“Funny Girl” is a musical that celebrates the eccentric, the crazy and the misfit, with gems written by Jule Styne like “Don’t Rain on My Parade”, “I’m the Greatest Star” and “People”. Barbra Streisand has performed it on stage and in film.

Julie Benko, who was slated to play Fanny on Thursdays in the revival, will play the role now until Michele returns. Michele took over from Beanie Feldstein and said the role was a lifetime goal.

“We are so grateful to the entire ‘Funny Girl’ company, including our stand-ins, stunt doubles, swingers and everyone working on the production for their outstanding commitment to keeping the show going and ensuring audiences have a great experience. terrific in every performance,” the show said in a statement.

Beginning in July, vaccine requirements for Broadway theatergoers were lifted and moviegoers were given the option to wear a mask at all 41 Broadway theaters in New York City.

One production, “The Kite Runner”, has been pushed back, asking audiences on Wednesday matinees and Friday evenings to mask up.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has lifted her state’s mandatory mask rules in schools and the subway. Face coverings are simply encouraged on buses and trains.

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