Jane Lynch Is Leaving Funny Girl Ahead of Schedule (UPDATED)

Jane Lynch is taking her last bow as Mrs. Brice. Previously, she was slated to leave Funny Girl by the end of August, but now she’s done much sooner. The official word from the show’s producers says Lynch’s last performance will take place on the 14th of this month.

Before the Creative Arts Emmys on September 1, Lynch had planned to take a week-long vacation, according to the producers, who spoke to Deadline. According to a statement from the producers, “rather than return for one week of performances, the producers have agreed to adjust her final performance on Sunday, August 14,”

In her own statement, Lynch reaffirmed this change of plans, saying, ” “My heart is full of gratitude as I enter my final week with Beanie Feldstein’s Funny Girl and our adoring audiences as they keep theater alive! It was a pleasure to work with Julie Benko and I can’t wait to see Lea Michele light up the stage.”

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Lynch’s mainstay Liz McCartney will continue to play Mrs. Brice until Sept. 4, when Tovah Feldshuh will take her. The character of Fannie will be filled by Feldstein’s understudy Benko until Michele takes over the role on September 6.

Originally scheduled to depart with Feldstein on September 25, Emmy winner Lynch will depart on August 14th. As a result of Lady Bird’s announcement that she would be departing early, Lynch also made the decision to depart early, noting that she and the producers felt it was best for her former co-star, Michele, and Feldshuh to begin their performances together.

“That’s the only reason [we won’t appear together],” Lynch stated in July. “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.”

Jane Lynch Is Leaving Funny Girl
Jane Lynch Is Leaving Funny Girl

Even though Feldstein’s Broadway debut was met with mixed reviews, she expressed gratitude to the cast and company, saying that playing Fannie was a lifelong dream come true for her. “I will never forget this experience and from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank every single person who came to the August Wilson for the love and support you have shown me and our amazing cast and crew,” the star proceeded.

“The people I have had the great joy of bringing to life with every night, both on and off the stage, are all remarkably talented and exceptional humans and I hope you continue to join them on Henry Street after I depart on July 31st.”

As of Aug. 6, Michele shared a photo of herself in front of the theater marquee with the comment, “A dream come true.” She has now begun preparing for her debut. Stay tuned with us only on Lee Daily

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