Beanie Feldstein, the lead actress in the primary Broadway revival of “Funny Girl,” announced on Instagram on Sunday night that she could be leaving the production at the top of this month, two months sooner than expected.
“Playing Fanny Brice on Broadway has been a lifelong dream of mine, and doing so for the previous few months has been an excellent joy and true honor,” Feldstein wrote within the post. “Once the production decided to take the show in a unique direction, I made the extremely difficult decision to step away ahead of anticipated.”
Feldstein had previously said that her final show as Brice could be on Sept. 25, but her recent end date is now July 31. The show quickly responded on Twitter to say that there could be casting announcements on Monday.
Representatives for the show didn’t immediately reply to a matter about Feldstein’s cryptic comment concerning the show moving into a “different direction.”
Feldstein, 29, was best known for her onscreen supporting roles in “Booksmart” and “Lady Bird” in addition to her lead role as Monica Lewinsky within the FX series “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” when she was forged within the role that helped make Barbra Streisand a star in 1964. Her Broadway debut was in 2017 as Minnie Fay in “Hello, Dolly!,” which starred Bette Midler. Producers had struggled to bring a Broadway revival of “Funny Girl” to fruition over time, partly due to immense challenges of the lead role and the undeniable fact that Streisand and Brice appeared to be inextricably linked.
Feldstein’s performance received some unfavorable reviews. In The Latest York Times, the chief theater critic, Jesse Green, wrote, “You root for her to boost the roof, but she only bumps against it a little bit.”
The production, which opened in April on the August Wilson Theater, also features Ramin Karimloo as Nick Arnstein, Brice’s love interest; Jane Lynch as Brice’s doting mother who supports her during her rise as a Ziegfeld star; and Jared Grimes as Fanny’s friend Eddie Ryan. The show received just one Tony Award nomination — for Grimes’s performance — but didn’t win. The show previously announced that Lynch could be leaving after Sept. 25.
“I’ll always remember this experience and from the underside of my heart, I need to thank each one that got here to the August Wilson for the love and support you might have shown me and our amazing forged and crew,” Feldstein wrote within the post. “The people I even have had the good joy of bringing ‘Funny Girl’ to life with every night, each on and off the stage, are all remarkably talented and exceptional humans and I hope you proceed to hitch them on Henry Street after I depart.”