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

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Fans of Lea Michele hoping to yet spot her singing and dancing successful “Funny Girl” connected Broadway volition person to beryllium patient.

The “Glee” histrion has tested affirmative for COVID-19 — missing Saturday’s matinee and evening show — and indispensable present quarantine, slated to instrumentality to the amusement connected Tuesday, Sept. 20. She lone started connected Tuesday.

The bittersweet drama tells the communicative of Fanny Brice, a Jewish miss from New York successful the 1920s who went from burlesque to Broadway stages contempt disapproval that she wasn’t conventionally beautiful.

“Funny Girl” is simply a philharmonic that celebrates the oddballs, the kooky and the misfits, with Jule Styne-penned gems of songs similar “Don’t Rain connected My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star” and “People.” Barbra Streisand played her connected signifier and connected film.

Julie Benko, who had been slated to play Fanny connected Thursdays successful the revival, volition beryllium performing the relation present until Michele is back. Michele took implicit from Beanie Feldstein and said the relation was a beingness goal.

“We are truthful thankful to the full ‘Funny Girl’ company, including our standbys, understudies, swings and everyone moving connected the accumulation for their singular committedness to keeping the amusement going and ensuring audiences person a large acquisition astatine each performance,” the amusement said successful a statement.

Starting successful July, vaccine requirements for Broadway assemblage members were lifted and theatergoers had the enactment to deterioration a disguise successful each 41 of New York’s Broadway theaters.

One production, “The Kite Runner,” pushed back, asking audiences astatine Wednesday matinees and Friday nighttime to disguise up.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has lifted her state’s mandatory disguise rules successful schools and the subway. Face coverings are simply encouraged connected buses and trains.

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