10 August 2022
Jane Lynch isn’t pulling out of ‘Funny Girl’ on Broadway to avoid Lea Michele.
The former ‘Glee’ star ruled out there being any “drama” between her and her 35-year-old former co-star who is replacing Beanie Feldstein, 29, as Fanny Brice – the lead role in the musical that earnt Barbra Streisand a Tony Award and Oscar in the 60s – in September.
The 62-year-old actress – who plays Fanny’s mother, Mrs Brice – told Playbill: “It has nothing to do with not wanting to see Lea. I text with Lea. She and I are fine. I’m thrilled for her. I love working with Julie. I loved working with Beanie. There’s no drama here. None.”
Late last month, Beanie quoted Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’ to bid adieu to the Great White Way, writing on Instagram: “But now it’s just another show, and you leave ’em laughing when you go,” before she was replaced by Julie Benko, her understudy.
The ‘American Crime Story: Impeachment’ star was due to leave Harvey Fierstein’s revival in September, however she departed early after bosses “decided to the show in a different direction:
Beanie said:”Playing Fanny Brice on Broadway has been a lifelong dream of mine, and doing so for the last few months has been a great joy and true honour. “Once the production decided to take the show in a different direction, I made the extremely difficult decision to step away sooner than anticipated.”
On Monday (08.08.22), Jane offered her condolences to Olivia Newton-John – whose fictionalised version of herself on the Ryan Murphy musical dramedy feuded with Jane’s character Sue Sylvester – after it was revealed she had died more than 30 years since her breast cancer diagnosis.
Jane posted on Twitter, along with images of the ‘Grease’ star: “ONH. Angel.”