Lea Michele Cancels ‘Funny Girl’ Performances, Confirms Covid-19 – Deadline

UPDATE: Lea Michele confirmed in the present day that she has examined optimistic for COVID-19 and will probably be out for an extended interval than initially said.

The former Glee star posted the information through her Instagram Story, citing “production protocols” that may see her sidelined from Broadway’s Funny Girl.

“Unfortunately, I have officially tested positive for COVID. In following production protocols, I cannot return to the theater for 10 days,” wrote Michele. “Thankfully staying home today and catching this early protected so many members of our company from being exposed. Funny Girl has been and still is tackling a tremendous wave of COVID  with close to a dozen company members currently out.”

She added, “We are almost on the other side of this and our swings and understudies are doing such an incredible job to keep our show on its feet.”

EARLIER: Lea Michele is canceling a few of her Funny Girl performances, citing early indicators and signs of Covid-19.

The Broadway star simply began as Fanny Brice, the Funny Girl lead, on Sept. 6, taking on from standby Julie Benko, who had carried out the function since authentic star Beanie Feldstein exited the manufacturing in July. The present additionally stars Tovah Feldshuh as Mrs. Brice, alongside current stars Ramin Karimloo and Tony nominee Jared Grimes.

Michele introduced her cancellation on Instagram Live earlier in the present day. She mentioned that she can be lacking the day’s afternoon and night performances at New York’s August Wilson Theatre.

“I’m devastated to say that due to early signs and symptoms of Covid and an inconclusive test result – due to the production’s safety protocols I’m not allowed to perform today’s shows,” Michele wrote on her Instagram Story.

“I will be testing again and will know more about tomorrow’s performance soon,” she added. “Julie is going to crush it today as Fanny – as are all of our amazing understudies who have stepped up so incredibly this week while we battle a very intense Covid outbreak in our theater.”

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