‘Funny Girl’ Producers ‘Blinded’ By Beanie Feldstein’s Departure

Producers of the Broadway revival “Funny Girl” were “blindsided” by the shocking announcement of Beanie Feldstein’s departure on social media, Vidak For Congress has learned.

A Broadway insider tells us that the producers planned to make the announcement on Monday, but Feldstein, 29, got the hang of them when she posted on Sunday night.

“It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to play Fannie Brice on Broadway, and for the past few months it’s been a great joy and a real honor,” wrote the show’s former star, who received mixed reviews for her performance.

“When the production decided to steer the show in a different direction, I made the extremely difficult decision to quit earlier than expected,” she added cryptically, before continuing to thank everyone who came to see her onstage.

Hat Feldstein in "funny girl" and her on a red carpet.
Beanie Feldstein announced via Instagram that she is leaving ‘Funny Girl’ at the end of July.
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“The people I have had the great joy of bringing Funny Girl to life every night, both on and off stage, are all remarkably talented and exceptional people and I hope you will continue to join them on Henry Street after I departure in July. 31st.”

As previously reported, Feldstein was set to leave the show in September, along with co-star Jane Lynch.

“She obviously doesn’t care,” the insider said of Feldstein, noting that ambushing the show’s producers was not a smart move.

Hat Feldstein in "Funny girl."
Feldstein received mixed reviews for her performance.
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The exit announcement came after Feldstein started missing more and more gigs. Last month, she skipped several shows after testing positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, rumors are circulating that Lynch’s former “Glee” co-star Lea Michele will take over the iconic role created by Barbra Streisand.

A representative of “Funny Girl” did not immediately respond to Vidak For Congress’s request for comment.

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