Beanie Feldstein will fulfill a lifelong dream when she stars in Broadway’s “Funny Girl” next year, but she said she was totally unaware that another actor had long been vying for the role.
“I didn’t even know that any of this was happening, by the way,” Feldstein said. “All of a sudden, people started explaining it to me, and I was like, ‘Wait, what?’ I didn’t understand.”
Before Feldstein landed the role, Michele had been repeatedly name-checked in reports of an earlier “Funny Girl” revival that never materialized. The actor’s “Glee” character, Rachel Berry, played Fanny on Broadway in the show’s fifth season.
Catch a clip of Beanie Feldstein’s “Radio Andy” interview below.
“We were thinking of doing it right after ‘Glee,’ but I did a lot of the songs from ‘Funny Girl’ on ‘Glee,’ so it felt like a little soon,” Michele revealed in an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live” in 2017. “But I feel really ready to do it now, so maybe we could do it soon.”
In her “Radio Andy” interview this week, Feldstein was complimentary of Michele but said there had been no further correspondence. “I don’t know the woman whatsoever,” she said.
The 2022 production of “Funny Girl” will mark the first-ever revival of the show on Broadway since its premiere nearly 58 years ago. Though a production starring “Six Feet Under” actor Lauren Ambrose as Fanny was announced in 2011, producers ultimately abandoned the project.
When host Andy Cohen asked if she was nervous about Streisand attending ― and possibly critiquing ― her performance as Fanny, Feldstein said, “I don’t want to know when anyone’s there, so certainly not the queen herself.”