Beanie Feldstein tests POSITIVE for COVID-19 and will miss Funny Girl performances


Beanie Feldstein tests POSITIVE for COVID-19 and will miss Funny Girl performances with standby Julie Benko stepping in

  • Although she has tested positive, she clarified that she is ‘vaxxed and I’m boosted and I’m very grateful to not be feeling too bad’ 
  • While the 28-year-old temporarily withdraws from the show ‘to keep everybody safe,’ her standby Julie Benko will take her place 
  • Julie’s Broadway experience includes understudying Cosette in Les Miserables and multiple roles in Fiddler On The Roof 
  • Beanie opened in the show on April 24 and received a disappointing critical response, including from the New York Times , whose theater reviews used to be able to make or break a show decades ago
  • The New York Times review noted that the role was sculpted around Barbra’s abilities and that July Styne composed the music so that ‘only Barbra could sing it’ 
  • Funny Girl was originally a passion project for its producer Ray Stark, who was married to the late Fanny Brice’s daughter Frances Arnstein 

Beanie Feldstein announced on Instagram this Tuesday that she will have to miss a string of upcoming Funny Girl performances because she has COVID-19.

Although she has tested positive, she clarified that she is ‘vaxxed and I’m boosted and I’m very grateful to not be feeling too bad.’

While the 28-year-old temporarily withdraws from the show ‘to keep everybody safe,’ her standby Julie Benko will take her place.

Uh oh: Beanie Feldstein announced on Instagram this Tuesday that she will have to miss a string of upcoming Funny Girl performances because she has COVID-19

Uh oh: Beanie Feldstein announced on Instagram this Tuesday that she will have to miss a string of upcoming Funny Girl performances because she has COVID-19

Julie’s Broadway experience includes understudying Cosette in Les Miserables and multiple roles in Fiddler On The Roof. 

‘I’m just really bummed to miss seeing you all at the theater and I can’t wait to get back onstage very soon,’ said Beanie in her Instagram video, blowing a kiss.

‘I already miss my people at the August Wilson,’ she wrote in the caption. ‘So grateful for vaccines. See you all soon. Love, Bean.’

The current revival of Funny Girl is the first to hit Broadway since the original 1964 production starring Barbra Streisand, to whose voice the score was tailored.

Plus side: Although she has tested positive, she clarified that she is 'vaxxed and I'm boosted and I'm very grateful to not be feeling too bad'

Looking ahead: 'I'm just really bummed to miss seeing you all at the theater and I can't wait to get back onstage very soon,' said Beanie in her Instagram video, blowing a kiss

Plus side: Although she has tested positive, she clarified that she is ‘vaxxed and I’m boosted and I’m very grateful to not be feeling too bad’

'See you all soon': 'I already miss my people at the August Wilson,' she wrote in the caption, adding that she was 'So grateful for vaccines'

‘See you all soon’: ‘I already miss my people at the August Wilson,’ she wrote in the caption, adding that she was ‘So grateful for vaccines’

Beanie opened in the show on April 24 and received a disappointing critical response, including from the New York Times, whose theater reviews used to be able to make or break a show decades ago.

The New York Times review noted that the role was sculpted around Barbra’s abilities and that July Styne composed the music so that ‘only Barbra could sing it.’ 

Funny Girl was originally a passion project for its producer Ray Stark, who was married to the late Fanny Brice’s daughter Frances Arnstein.

The show presented a fictionalized account of Fanny’s rise to fame in the 1910s and her marriage to Frances’ father, the con man gambler Nicky Arnstein.

There's Beanie: The current revival of Funny Girl is the first to hit Broadway since the original 1964 production starring Barbra Streisand, to whose voice the score was tailored

There’s Beanie: The current revival of Funny Girl is the first to hit Broadway since the original 1964 production starring Barbra Streisand, to whose voice the score was tailored

Opening night: Beanie opened in the show on April 24 and received a disappointing critical response, including from the New York Times

Opening night: Beanie opened in the show on April 24 and received a disappointing critical response, including from the New York Times

For her first Broadway show as a lead Barbra was working with composer Jule Styne, lyricist Bob Merrill, book writer Isobel Lennart and director Garson Kanin.

She had already been a showstopper in the Broadway show I Can Get It For You Wholesale and cut a few albums but it was Funny Girl that made her a superstar.

The score produced one of her most enduring hits – People – which became the title song of her album that dislodged the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night from number one.

When the show opened on Broadway it became a smash hit and received a rapturous response for her performance which she also took to London.

Stepping in: While the 28-year-old temporarily withdraws from the show 'to keep everybody safe,' her standby Julie Benko (pictured last month) will take her place

Stepping in: While the 28-year-old temporarily withdraws from the show ‘to keep everybody safe,’ her standby Julie Benko (pictured last month) will take her place

Barbra played opposite Charlie Chaplin’s son Sydney – with whom she had an affair amid her marriage to her first husband Elliott Gould.

Her castmates at the Winter Garden Theatre for the original Broadway run also included Kay Medford who played Fanny’s mother.

The New York Times said the show occasionally ‘oozes with the a thick helping of sticky sentimentality’ but raved about the leading lady: ‘Since Fanny herself cannot be brought back, the next best thing is to get Barbra Streisand to sing and strut and go through comic routines a la Brice.’

Barbra and Kay reprised their roles for the movie, which assembled Old Hollywood stalwarts like director William Wyler and cinematographer Harry Stradling.

Who's who: Beanie opened in April at the August Wilson Theatre under the direction of Michael Mayer who won a Tony for the original run of Spring Awakening

Who’s who: Beanie opened in April at the August Wilson Theatre under the direction of Michael Mayer who won a Tony for the original run of Spring Awakening

Her leading man in the movie was Omar Sharif, with whom she also had an affair – and with whom she set off a scandal when a still of one of their staged kisses for the film went public in 1967, the year of the Six-Day War between Egypt and Israel. 

The movie was the top grosser of 1968, with Roger Ebert writing: ‘The trouble with Funny Girl is almost everything except Barbra Streisand. She is magnificent.’ 

Although the movie led to a critically savaged sequel called Funny Lady in 1975 the show has never been revived on the Great White Way before.

A Broadway revival was attempted in 2011 with Lauren Ambrose as Fanny but was ultimately scrapped over problems raising money.

The music that makes me dance: Barbra is pictured onstage in the original production of Funny Girl - the project that made her a superstar

The music that makes me dance: Barbra is pictured onstage in the original production of Funny Girl – the project that made her a superstar 

Forever more: Barbra reprised her stage role for the movie, which assembled Old Hollywood stalwarts like director William Wyler and cinematographer Harry Stradling

Forever more: Barbra reprised her stage role for the movie, which assembled Old Hollywood stalwarts like director William Wyler and cinematographer Harry Stradling 

However in 2015 and 2016 a London production with Sheridan Smith in the title role did manage to become a runaway success.

The show went from a limited engagement at the Menier Chocolate Factory to a longer run at the Savoy Theatre that was then extended by popular demand.

Beanie’s new revival puts her opposite Ramin Karimloo who played the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ill-fated Phantom Of The Opera sequel Love Never Dies.

Ramin, who has also played in Les Miserables and The Phantom Of The Opera itself in the West End, will be playing Nicky.

Stick around for the jokes: The show presented a fictionalized account of Fanny's rise to fame in the 1910s; Fanny is pictured in a publicity still for the Ziegfeld Follies in 1911

Stick around for the jokes: The show presented a fictionalized account of Fanny’s rise to fame in the 1910s; Fanny is pictured in a publicity still for the Ziegfeld Follies in 1911

Sadie, Sadie, married lady: Her leading man in the movie was Omar Sharif, who played Fanny's first husband, the con man gambler Nicky Arnstein

Sadie, Sadie, married lady: Her leading man in the movie was Omar Sharif, who played Fanny’s first husband, the con man gambler Nicky Arnstein

When you’re gifted then you’re gifted: Barbra won a best actress Oscar, memorably looking at her trophy onstage and repeating her iconic opening line in the film: ‘Hello, gorgeous’

Meanwhile Jane Lynch who rose to national prominence on the musical TV show Glee is featured in the cast as Fanny’s mother.

The show opened in April at the August Wilson Theatre under the direction of Michael Mayer who won a Tony for the original run of Spring Awakening.

Beanie already has Broadway experience under her belt, having played Minnie Faye in the Hello, Dolly! revival starring Bette Midler.

Incidentally it was Carol Channing in the original production of Hello, Dolly! who beat out Barbra for a Tony for Funny Girl – only for Barbra to get her revenge half a decade later by landing the role of Dolly in the movie adaptation.

I gotta try once, I gotta fly once: In 2015 and 2016 a London production with Sheridan Smith in the title role did manage to become a runaway success

I gotta try once, I gotta fly once: In 2015 and 2016 a London production with Sheridan Smith in the title role did manage to become a runaway success

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