BROADWAY fans were outraged after Lea Michele was announced as Beanie Feldstein’s Funny Girl replacement on Monday.
Many are angry that we’re living in “the darkest timeline,” given the earlier allegations of bullying from the sequel Glee, where Lea’s character aspired to the role.
Lea will replace Beanie as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl on Broadway, the show that split on July 11.
Your first night will be September 6th.
Beanie initially announced in June that it would leave production on September 25.
But the actress then posted an update on Sunday night, explaining that her final show will be at the end of July, with a replacement star filling the stage in between instead.
“When production decided to take the show in a different direction, I made the extremely difficult decision to step down sooner than expected,” Beanie wrote on Instagram.
She starred in the role that Barbara Streisand created in 1964 since the show’s Broadway revival opened in April.
Coincidentally, Funny Girl’s co-star Jane Lynch – who also starred in the TV series ‘Glee with Lea’ – also left.
Lea played Rachel Berry on Glee, her character’s lifelong dream was to play Barbara’s Fanny Brice, and she sang many of the show’s songs throughout the series – reportedly “bullying” the cast along the way.
“THE DARKEST TIMELINE”
The art-imitating-life element of it all had fans crushed, with some saying it seemed like Lea was waiting in the wings the entire time.
“Please tell me I’m being pranked,” one Instagrammer wrote under the show’s post, in which he referenced Kris Jenner, 66, and implied it was a prank.
“Hopefully Lea Michele doesn’t bully her castmates on Funny Girl,” wrote another.
“I really never thought I’d say this but I’m justifiably disgusted that Leah Michelle Beanie is taking on Funny Girl,” a third wrote on Twitter.
“She’s perfect for the role, sure, but what a way it is to get what you’ve always wanted. So glad to have seen Beanie while she was there.”
A fourth used a GIF of Jane Lynch saying she was creating a toxic environment and wrote, “Lea Michele when she inevitably joins a funny girl on Broadway now.”
Another wrote, “It’s okay that you can just say you don’t want a plus-sized person in the lead anymore.”
A fifth fan wrote: “I’d just rather never see Lea Michele in anything again. There are LOTS of great talent that don’t treat castmates like trash.”
Others said, “We can never give her the role that is the final infinity stone,” while another called it the “darkest timeline.”
While a sixth added: “I’m not even into Broadway, but I’m into DRAMA.”
DON’T RAIN ON YOUR PARADE
In 2021, Lea’s name was trending when Beanie was announced as a star.
“Who can say they got what they wished for?” Beanie originally wrote on Instagram.
Lea wrote under her first share: “Yes! YOU are the biggest star! This is going to be epic!
“I didn’t know any of this was happening, by the way,” Beanie told Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM show Radio Andy.
“All of a sudden, people started explaining it to me, and I was like, ‘What?’ Like… ‘I didn’t get it.’”
“I don’t know the woman at all.”
Lea didn’t mention Beanie in her own announcement this week, but wrote on Instagram that “a dream come true is an understatement.”
In 2014, Glee creator Ryan Murphy also bought the rights to Funny Girl with the intention of producing a Broadway revival starring Lea.
‘AUSED’ CO-STAR Speaks Out
Former co-star Jane, who is also saying goodbye before Lea comes on the show, comes after the actress’ long history of backlash from her Glee co-stars.
Samantha Ware, who joined Season 6, accused Lea of ”making her life a living hell” on the set of Glee.
Samantha tweeted that Lea said she would “s*** in my wig.”
She later told Variety Lea threatened her job “and said she was going to call Ryan Murphy to come and fire me.”
Samantha starred in the 2015 sixth season of the musical series Jane Hayward.
She spoke today about the shock news and tweetedYes, I’m online today. Yes, I see you all. Yes, I’m interested. Yes, I’m affected. Yes, I’m human. Yes, I’m black. Yes, I’ve been abused.
“Yes, my dreams were spoiled. Yes, Broadway clings to whiteness. Yes, Hollywood is doing the same. Yes, silence is complicity. yes i am loud Yes, I would do it again.”
Glee stars Alex Newell, Amber Riley and Dabier Snell previously came to Samantha’s defense.
Dabier claimed, “Girl, you wouldn’t let me sit at the table with the other cast members because ‘I didn’t belong there,’ fuck you Lea, you don’t give a**k.”
Imia Edwards, an extra on the show, said Michele called her and others “cockroaches” and asked them not to even “look at” them when the cameras weren’t rolling.
Trans model Plastic Martyr, also on the show, exclusively told The Sun that Lea bullied her in a women’s bathroom at the Emmys.
“She says, ‘Excuse me?’ and she looks at her friends, looks back at me and says, ‘Sorry, you’re in the woman’s bathroom.'”
People stared at me and talked and pointed at me. I was like, ‘Okay, I’m out of here.’
The New York Times wrote, “Feldstein isn’t great. She’s good. She’s funny enough at times and always very personable.”
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