Lea Michele compelled off Broadway stage for 10 days after testing optimistic for COVID-19
Fans of Lea Michele hoping to lastly see her singing and dancing in “Funny Girl” on Broadway must be affected person.
The “Glee” actor has examined optimistic for COVID-19 — lacking Saturday’s matinee and night efficiency — and should now quarantine, slated to return to the present on Tuesday, Sept. 20. She solely began on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, I’ve formally examined optimistic for COVID. In following manufacturing protocol I can not return to the theater for 10 days,” Michele wrote in a message posted to her Instagram story. “Thankfully staying residence immediately and catching this early protected so many members of our firm from being uncovered.”
“Funny Girl has been and nonetheless is tackling an incredible wave of COVID with near a dozen firm members at present out,” Michele continued. “We are nearly on the opposite aspect of this and our swings and understudies are doing such an unbelievable job to maintain our present on its ft.”
“This week has been a dream come true and I can not wait to get again — You higher prepare. See you quickly,” Michele added.
The bittersweet comedy tells the story of Fanny Brice, a Jewish lady from New York within the Twenties who went from burlesque to Broadway levels regardless of criticism that she wasn’t conventionally lovely.
“Funny Girl” is a musical that celebrates the oddballs, the kooky and the misfits, with Jule Styne-penned gems of songs like “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star” and “People.” Barbra Streisand performed her on stage and on movie.
Julie Benko, who had been slated to play Fanny on Thursdays within the revival, can be performing the position now till Michele is again. Michele took over from Beanie Feldstein and mentioned the position was a lifetime purpose.
“We are so grateful to the whole ‘Funny Girl’ firm, together with our standbys, understudies, swings and everybody engaged on the manufacturing for his or her exceptional dedication to protecting the present going and making certain audiences have an important expertise at each efficiency,” the present mentioned in a press release.
Starting in July, vaccine necessities for Broadway viewers members have been lifted and theatergoers had the choice to put on a masks in all 41 of New York’s Broadway theaters.
One manufacturing, “The Kite Runner,” pushed again, asking audiences at Wednesday matinees and Friday night time to masks up.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has lifted her state’s necessary masks guidelines in colleges and the subway. Face coverings are merely inspired on buses and trains.