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Beanie Feldstein says she had no idea Lea Michele wanted to be in ‘Funny Girl’

Beanie Feldstein will make her life’s dream come true when she stars in Broadway’s “Funny Girl” next year, but said she was totally unaware that another actor had been in the running for the role for a long time.

In a new interview with SiriusXM’s “Radio Andy”, the “Booksmart” actor reacted to news that Lea Michele’s name was broadcast on Twitter in August when the cast was announced.

“By the way, I didn’t even know this was all happening,” Feldstein said. “All of a sudden people started explaining it to me, and I was like, ‘Wait, what?’ I did not understand.

The character of Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” is most associated with Barbra Streisand, who premiered the role on Broadway in 1964 and won an Oscar for the film adaptation four years later.

Before Feldstein landed the role, Michele had been repeatedly verified in reports of a previous “Funny Girl” revival that never materialized. The actor’s “Glee” character, Rachel Berry, played Fanny on Broadway in the series’ fifth season.

Watch a clip from Beanie Feldstein’s “Radio Andy” interview below.

“We thought we would do it right after ‘Glee’, but I did a lot of ‘Funny Girl’ songs on ‘Glee’ so it was a bit early,” Michele revealed during an appearance on “Watch What” Happens Live “in 2017.” But I really feel ready to do it now, so maybe we can do it soon. “

Although Twitter was widespread with speculation As for Michele’s reaction to the news of Feldstein’s casting, the “Glee” star simply congratulated his fellow actor on Instagram.

In his interview with “Radio Andy” this week, Feldstein complimented Michele but said there had been no further correspondence. “I don’t know the woman at all,” she said.

The 2022 production of “Funny Girl” will mark the show’s first-ever Broadway revival since its premiere nearly 58 years ago. Although a production starring “Six Feet Under” actor Lauren Ambrose as Fanny was announced in 2011, the producers eventually dropped the project.

When asked by host Andy Cohen if she was nervous about Streisand attending and criticizing her performance as Fanny, Feldstein said, “I don’t want to know when someone is there, so definitely not. the queen herself. ”