Jane Lynch explains why she won’t perform with Glee co-star Lea Michele on Broadway
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Former Glee actress Jane Lynch has explained why she and Lea Michele won’t have a reunion on the Broadway stage, and it’s not due to any bad blood.
Lynch, who has been performing in Broadway’s official return of Funny Girl as the mother of the musical lead, Fanny Brice, will be departing the show, along with Beanie Feldsteinwho has been performing as Fanny Brice since April.
The controversial news emerged last weekwhen Feldstein announced that instead of ending her tenure on the stage in September, as was planned, she would be completing her time in just a few weeks.
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In an official memo to theatre-goers, the official Funny Girl Broadway Twitter account then announced the news that Feldstein would be replaced by Lea Michele, while Lynch would be replaced by Broadway veteran, Tovah Feldshuh.
Since taking to the stage, Feldstein’s performance has brought on some brutal reviewswith many questioning if she was up to playing the part that Barbra Streisand made famous in the ’60s.
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While Feldstein’s departure made some sense, many were quick to ask why Lynch also had to quit so soon.
Most fans drew lines between Lea Michele’s appointment as the new Fanny Brice and Lynch’s departure. Given Lynch and Michele’s history on Glee together, and the recent claims from other Glee cast members that Michele was “entitled” and “horrible” to work with on set, it was suggested that Lynch had some “bad blood” with Michele.
But Lynch has now told Deadline that this is far from true.
“We have been in touch about it,” Lynch explained, referring to her conversations with Michele.
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“It was just a really strong idea to have Feldshuh and Lea premiere together. That’s the only reason [we won’t appear together],” she said.
Lynch didn’t stop there, offering up some more glowing reviews of Michele.
“I adore her. She’s just going to take this show and make it her own. I’m so glad she’s getting the opportunity in real life to do the show and not just on Glee.“
It’s long been known that Michele has had a strong desire to perform the role of Fanny Brice, and coincidentally the star’s character Rachel Berry was also obsessed with the role on Glee.
During filming, Glee creator Ryan Murphy even obtained the rights to Funny Girl so that Michele could perform some songs from the musical on the show.
Murphy no longer obtains the rights to the musical.
Michele has since spoken out about landing her dream role, sharing an emotional post on Instagram.
Sharing a photo of a Funny Girl banner of she and Feldshuh, she captioned the post:
“A dream come true is an understatement. I’m so incredibly honoured to join this amazing cast and production and return to the stage playing Fanny Brice on Broadway. See you September 6th.”
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