Beanie Feldstein will satisfy a lifelong desire when she stars in Broadway’s “Funny Girl” future 12 months, but she explained she was totally unaware that yet another actor experienced long been vying for the role.
In a new job interview with SiriusXM’s “Radio Andy,” the “Booksmart” actor reacted to news that Lea Michele’s identify had trended on Twitter in August when the casting was introduced.
“I didn’t even know that any of this was going on, by the way,” Feldstein claimed. “All of a unexpected, folks started out explaining it to me, and I was like, ‘Wait, what?’ I didn’t understand.”
The character of Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” is most linked with Barbra Streisand, who originated the part on Broadway in 1964 and gained an Oscar for the motion picture adaptation four years afterwards.
Before Feldstein landed the function, Michele experienced been repeatedly title-checked in stories of an previously “Funny Girl” revival that never materialized. The actor’s “Glee” character, Rachel Berry, performed Fanny on Broadway in the show’s fifth season.
Catch a clip of Beanie Feldstein’s “Radio Andy” job interview down below.
“We have been considering of performing it correct soon after ‘Glee,’ but I did a good deal of the songs from ‘Funny Girl’ on ‘Glee,’ so it felt like a minimal shortly,” Michele discovered in an look on “Watch What Happens Live” in 2017. “But I truly feel actually ready to do it now, so possibly we could do it shortly.”
In her “Radio Andy” interview this week, Feldstein was complimentary of Michele but claimed there had been no even more correspondence. “I don’t know the woman in any way,” she reported.
The 2022 output of “Funny Girl” will mark the initial-ever revival of the demonstrate on Broadway given that its premiere nearly 58 a long time in the past. Though a output starring “Six Toes Under” actor Lauren Ambrose as Fanny was introduced in 2011, producers in the long run abandoned the job.
When host Andy Cohen questioned if she was nervous about Streisand attending ― and perhaps critiquing ― her general performance as Fanny, Feldstein explained, “I really do not want to know when anyone’s there, so unquestionably not the queen herself.”