Lea Michele will reportedly replace Beanie Feldstein in the Broadway revival of ‘Funny Girl‘ starting on September 26. According to Showbiz411, On June 12, Lea Michele was a hit on the Tony Awards during the “Spring Awakening” reunion. She was really given the spotlight and hit a home run.
Lynch still has to be replaced. I have a funny idea for Funny Girl: offer the role to Michele Lee, the great Broadway star of “Seesaw” and TV’s “Knots Landing.” She can sing like crazy, she would seem like Lea Michele’s mother. And think of the marquee– Lea Michele and Michele Lee. David Merrick would do it in a second! (Michele Lee was last on Broadway in “Wicked,” by the way, and I’m told she recently bought a new place in New York.”
So hold on for the announcement. I know a lot of people will be disappointed that understudy Julie Benko won’t get promoted. But if “Funny Girl” is to survive and pay back its investors, they need a ‘name.’I hope Benko hangs in there until she gets her own show. She deserves it.