Lea Michele Replaces Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice in Broadway’s ‘Funny Girl’

It’s official: Lea Michele is replacing Beanie Feldstein in Broadway’s revival of “Funny Girl.”

Feldstein on Sunday night announced she would be leaving the show on July 31, roughly two months before she was slated to depart the production.

She attributed her early exit to a decision by the production “to take the show in a different direction.”

Michele, who was long-rumored to be taking over for Feldstein, will assume the role of Fanny Brice on Sept. 6.

In the interim, the show’s understudy Julie Benko will perform the title role from Aug2 

Jane Lynch, who plays Fanny’s mother Mrs. Brice, is also leaving the production earlier than expected and will be replaced by Tovah Feldshuh