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Funny Girl insiders are saying Lea Michele will finally be Fanny Brice

Per Roger Friedman’s Showbiz411:

EXCLUSIVE: We know that Beanie Feldstein will exit her role as Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” in September. Jane Lynch, who plays Fanny’s mother, is going with her.

Now I’m told by insiders that the producers have found the obvious new Fanny: Lea Michele.

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by Anonymousreply 202June 23, 2022 9:27 PM

The “Glee” star has always wanted the role. When she was in “Glee” there was a lot of talk about her taking the part. But a lot of things went sideways, and it never happened.

This past Sunday, Lea Michele was a hit on the Tony Awards during the “Spring Awakening” reunion. She was really given the spotlight, and hit a home run.

The Tonys appearance was either because her deal was already done, or because producers were waiting to see how Michele would be received. It was all ‘thumbs up.’

Remember– Lea Michele sang “Don’t Rain on My Parade” at the 64th Tony Awards 11 years ago. She is ready to go!

Lynch still has to be replaced. I have a funny idea for Funny Girl: offer the role to Michele Lee, the great Broadway star of “Seesaw” and TV’s “Knots Landing.” She can sing like crazy, she would seem like Lea Michele’s mother. And think of the marquee– Lea Michele and Michele Lee. David Merrick would do it in a second! (Michele Lee was last on Broadway in “Wicked,” by the way, and I’m told she recently bought a new place in New York.”

So hold on for the announcement. I know a lot of people will be disappointed that understudy Julie Benko won’t get promoted. But if “Funny Girl” is to survive and pay back its investors, they need a ‘name.’ I hope Benko hangs in there until she gets her own show. She deserves it.

by Anonymousreply 1June 17, 2022 2:53 PM

She'll be farting all over the set and tormenting "the cock roaches" (extras)

by Anonymousreply 2June 17, 2022 2:57 PM

Cast a black trans woman as Fanny's mother.

by Anonymousreply 3June 17, 2022 3:00 PM

This is as it should be, as it should have been from the beginning of this production. I might go to New York to see this.

by Anonymousreply 4June 17, 2022 3:01 PM

Is she still a cunt?

by Anonymousreply 5June 17, 2022 3:06 PM

This is so deliciously nuts if true.

Beanie gets in cause of nepotism....but booted cause she's bad in the role...drama ensues...the city talks shit...

Then Lea gets in because she can sing it....but has a crap reputation to rehabilitate....drama ensues....city talks more shit....

This is a literal shitshow!

If Lea is smart, she will openly weep after every performance, play humble and grateful and sincere....and MAYBE people won't drag her the entire time...

I can't imagine people will go easy on her online. She's really detested.

What a crazy production.

by Anonymousreply 6June 17, 2022 3:09 PM

She certainly won’t be able to resist the opportunity to show us once and for all that SHE is the definitive new Fanny.

by Anonymousreply 7June 17, 2022 3:10 PM

Lea Michele singing My Man in a tribute to Barbra Streisand

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by Anonymousreply 8June 17, 2022 3:13 PM

^ with Barbra clapping politely at the end.

by Anonymousreply 9June 17, 2022 3:14 PM

Michele Lee is 80 years old. They would need to change the lyrics of Find Yourself A Man to Find The Metamucil.

by Anonymousreply 10June 17, 2022 3:16 PM

She’s the greatest star!

by Anonymousreply 11June 17, 2022 3:17 PM

Matthew Morrison IS Nick Arnstein!

Chris Colfer IS Eddie!

by Anonymousreply 12June 17, 2022 3:19 PM

R8 That performance frustrates me. The instrument is there, she hit the high notes really well. But her accent and emoting is so hammy and contemporary. The overall effect is the most talented girl in your high school class, performing in the school variety show. In other words, Glee. If only she could tone it down and class it up.

by Anonymousreply 13June 17, 2022 3:19 PM

I'm I right that you can't get a Tony nomination if you are a replacement in an already-running show? Don't want to give this little turd any airs.

by Anonymousreply 14June 17, 2022 3:20 PM

I despise this ugly bitch and I would absolutely pay to see this.

by Anonymousreply 15June 17, 2022 3:21 PM

Are there enough people out there who like her or at least go "yeah, she's a bitch, but she's got talent!"?

by Anonymousreply 16June 17, 2022 3:24 PM

WEHT to the understudy who blew the critics away with her performance? Is this *gasp* more about name recognition than talent?

by Anonymousreply 17June 17, 2022 3:27 PM

Finally Fanny! The Fall and Rise of Lea Michele

Coming to a desperate straits Netflix in 2025

by Anonymousreply 18June 17, 2022 3:29 PM

Lea should have played the role from the beginning. Who cares if she's a bitch offstage and nasty diva. She has the chops for this role, which Beanie clearly didn't have.

by Anonymousreply 19June 17, 2022 3:29 PM

This really seems like good news

by Anonymousreply 20June 17, 2022 3:30 PM

R17, did you read the OP article?

by Anonymousreply 21June 17, 2022 3:31 PM

This could work. She can certainly sing the score. Jonathan Groff as Nick please

by Anonymousreply 22June 17, 2022 3:36 PM

I love that idea r22

by Anonymousreply 23June 17, 2022 3:37 PM

Here’s some interesting casting from the early 90s, Heather Headley in her high school production. I think she’s magnificent, her voice is just right.

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by Anonymousreply 24June 17, 2022 3:42 PM

Ha! Babs clapping at the end of that clip is everything.

"Awwww. She thinks she's me. Adorable. So anyway..."

Lea better vary her infections because she always sounds like a Streisand imitator.

by Anonymousreply 25June 17, 2022 3:42 PM

Lizzo for Fanny’s mom

by Anonymousreply 26June 17, 2022 3:43 PM

Bebe Neuwirth as Rose Brice

by Anonymousreply 27June 17, 2022 3:43 PM

Inflections ***

Lololol. Not infections.

by Anonymousreply 28June 17, 2022 3:45 PM

We quit!

by Anonymousreply 29June 17, 2022 3:46 PM

[quote]I'm I right that you can't get a Tony nomination if you are a replacement in an already-running show?

Sort of.

by Anonymousreply 30June 17, 2022 3:46 PM

Agreed, r13. And it showcases how much less rich her tone is than Barbra’s…

by Anonymousreply 31June 17, 2022 3:47 PM

Who wants to spend $250 for a Barbra impersonation? I'd rather go to a drag show for $20.

by Anonymousreply 32June 17, 2022 3:52 PM

Teens seem to have discovered Glee through streaming (overheard some teenage girls yesterday talking about it as if it was some unknown show and the second coming). So maybe young people would come see her in this.

I’m with R15.

by Anonymousreply 33June 17, 2022 3:53 PM

In fairness, imagine performing "My Man" in front of Barbra Streisand. You need major chutzpah to rise to that kind of pressure.

by Anonymousreply 34June 17, 2022 3:56 PM

This show should never have been revived. It's Barbra's. Especially with the movie.

by Anonymousreply 35June 17, 2022 4:01 PM

I hope so R5. Funny Girl needs that believable diva energy.

by Anonymousreply 36June 17, 2022 4:03 PM

Lea, stay the fuck away from my wig!!

by Anonymousreply 37June 17, 2022 4:03 PM

R19, presumably anybody who.would have to work with that asshole cares a great deal.

by Anonymousreply 38June 17, 2022 4:08 PM

[quote]I despise this ugly bitch and I would absolutely pay to see this.

Should be the slogan of DL Theatre Threads.

by Anonymousreply 39June 17, 2022 4:21 PM

And Idina Mendel, can play her mother again.

by Anonymousreply 40June 17, 2022 4:26 PM


by Anonymousreply 41June 17, 2022 4:27 PM

LOL - this so-called rumor is more likely a desperate attempt by her to get her fans to push this as some sort of dreamcasting.

by Anonymousreply 42June 17, 2022 5:19 PM

Friedman is usually right on the money

by Anonymousreply 43June 17, 2022 7:06 PM

They should just close the show, like x5 minutes ago. Clearly it was a dumpster fire, so adding a liability like Lea Michele seems lik3 flushing $$$ down the toilet. The silver lining of all this is The Great Beanie being humbled. I think she really was brought up being told she'd be the next great thing to hit Broadway. It must sting for her.

by Anonymousreply 44June 17, 2022 7:20 PM

She was a mean bully

by Anonymousreply 45June 17, 2022 7:20 PM

Lea is a "see you next tuesday", but you can't deny her talent. I had a friend go to the Beanie show and it was bad bad bad. You can't cancel talent.

by Anonymousreply 46June 17, 2022 7:22 PM

But isn’t the production itself just ugly and underwhelming with a book that Harvey failed to fix? Better off closing this bad production and opening a new production in two years

by Anonymousreply 47June 17, 2022 7:23 PM

Lea Michele makes my friend Julie look like Mother Teresa.

by Anonymousreply 48June 17, 2022 7:24 PM

Hide your wigs!

by Anonymousreply 49June 17, 2022 7:34 PM

While I think Lea is talented, she's not Barbra. She is absolutely desperate to be seen as the new Babs, but he attempts at Babs' songs sound so screechy to me.

At this point, however, Lea is all the Bway Funny Girl has to salvage itself.

by Anonymousreply 50June 17, 2022 7:35 PM

Get Groff to go in as Nicky Arnstein for 6 weeks and it will be a guaranteed sell out.

by Anonymousreply 51June 17, 2022 7:40 PM

[quote] Get Groff to go in as Nicky Arnstein for 6 weeks and it will be a guaranteed sell out.

Ugh--watch him make love to her? He'd rather die.

No, he can be Fanny's Platonic friend, Eddie Ryan. He can sing "Rat-a-Tat-Tat' and "Who Taught Her Everything She Knows?", and they can add a scene where Fanny shows him what a woman's vulva looks like with a desk lamp in Mr. Ziegfeld's office.

by Anonymousreply 52June 17, 2022 7:47 PM

I'm sorry, but Fanny Brice was not African-American, OK? Lea would be "woke" casting.

by Anonymousreply 53June 17, 2022 7:53 PM

Currently the actor playing Flo Ziegfeld (who was white) is African-American.

by Anonymousreply 54June 17, 2022 8:03 PM

[quote]The Tonys appearance was either because her deal was already done, or because producers were waiting to see how Michele would be received. It was all ‘thumbs up.’

You have to admire the way Lea and her team have spun this story that the SA reunion on the Tonys was actually all about her and FG

by Anonymousreply 55June 17, 2022 8:16 PM

Her mouth looks like a pussy

by Anonymousreply 56June 17, 2022 10:08 PM

Don't invite Jessica Lange to Lea's opening night.

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by Anonymousreply 58June 17, 2022 10:51 PM

Need I remind you that this is, somehow, harmful to marginalized people?

by Anonymousreply 59June 17, 2022 10:55 PM

[quote]Currently the actor playing Flo Ziegfeld (who was white) is African-American.

So, he's Flo Rida Ziegfeld?

by Anonymousreply 60June 17, 2022 11:05 PM

OP's article was clearly planted by the FG producers to test the waters and see if there's any genuine interest and if it'd be worth the money to bring Lea in.

by Anonymousreply 61June 17, 2022 11:16 PM

The spray tan budget is going to be enormous.

by Anonymousreply 62June 17, 2022 11:20 PM

At 45, Lea is TOO OLD!

by Anonymousreply 63June 17, 2022 11:23 PM

However, Sandra Bernhard has always wanted to play this part. Yes, she's 70, but she would be a draw. Bette Midler played Dolly Levi at the age of at least 70, didn't she?

by Anonymousreply 64June 17, 2022 11:29 PM

But now, here's the thing: if you believe the FG revival was funded by Beanie's family, isn't it unlikely they would allow Lea to come in and upstage their little girl?

by Anonymousreply 65June 17, 2022 11:36 PM

Now she's lost interest they want their money back. This is the rich nepotism version of selling the violin your kid is oh-so-passionate about for a couple of weeks

by Anonymousreply 66June 18, 2022 12:11 AM

[quote] At 45, Lea is TOO OLD!

Ha. Exaggerated but not too far off. She is 36 and yes, she is too old to play the part.

Midler was too old for Dolly but no one cared because Dolly wasn't a young 20ish girl, so she could get away with it.

by Anonymousreply 67June 18, 2022 12:29 AM

Beanie is 28

by Anonymousreply 68June 18, 2022 12:51 AM

It’s time throw out Lea’s shit wig and forgive her.

She is Fanny Brice.

She can play a young Fanny just as Madonna convincingly played a teenage Eva Peron in Evita.

by Anonymousreply 69June 18, 2022 1:12 AM

This tacky looking show cost $15 million dollars? Must have been all that extra fabric.

by Anonymousreply 70June 18, 2022 1:24 AM

Way to shit all over the franchise.

by Anonymousreply 71June 18, 2022 1:48 AM

Why are some of you saying that they should close the show (or that they should have closed it already)? It may be a stinker with the critics, but it’s pulling in very good grosses each week at the box office.

They should close a show that’s selling tickets because of what? Artistic integrity? Ha! Now THERE’S a laugh.

It took decades for us to see this revival. We might not see another for decades more to come (if ever). The book and the second act are simply too weak. If Lea wants her shot, this is it.

For the record, I saw Beanie and while not exactly great, she was hardly a train wreck. She’s perfectly suited for Papermill or the Bucks County Playhouse, but sadly wound up on the Broadway stage instead.

by Anonymousreply 72June 18, 2022 2:01 AM

She wounded the Broadway stage instead

by Anonymousreply 73June 18, 2022 2:08 AM

[quote]She’s perfectly suited for Papermill

That reminds me: when the Paper Mill did Funny Girl years ago, Leslie Kritzer was Fanny Brice

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by Anonymousreply 74June 18, 2022 2:12 AM

I’m available! I will bring the house down every night as I solve a Rubik’s Cube during my big number.

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by Anonymousreply 75June 18, 2022 2:13 AM

[quote]She can play a young Fanny just as Madonna convincingly played a teenage Eva Peron in Evita.

You're being shady, right?

by Anonymousreply 76June 18, 2022 2:16 AM

Alysha Umphress

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by Anonymousreply 77June 18, 2022 3:31 AM
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by Anonymousreply 78June 18, 2022 3:31 AM

I thought she was very good in F8's vid post, I had expected the usual contemporary Broadway singer approach of souling or oversinging a standard with a high school performance lilt. I thought she didn't do that here, but is more like someone who just needs a little more polish and practice to refine her technique and strengthen her vocals projection. Also she might want to learn to control the thing she does with the arm and hand that resembles her starting to feel a heart attack coming on and putting them to her chest. Also, Lea dear, remember to hold the pronunciation of your word-final "s" sounds until the end of the lyrical word! You don't want to come across as "Susan Olsen IS Fanny Brice," do you!? ;)

by Anonymousreply 79June 18, 2022 3:58 AM

I doubt it. I think the show will simply close. It’s terrible and they missed the boat.

by Anonymousreply 80June 18, 2022 4:07 AM

They can bring anyone into this show: Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul. Lea Michele is what Las Vegas is all about! She's dazzling, she's exciting, and very, very sexy!

by Anonymousreply 81June 18, 2022 5:00 AM

She has the chops and pipes for the role. Who cares if she's an awful person--like so many divas aren't? Bring Lea on.

by Anonymousreply 82June 18, 2022 1:00 PM

She doesn't have either, R82. If she did, her "career" would have continued after Glee was cancelled.

by Anonymousreply 83June 18, 2022 1:13 PM

R74 I'm out of breath watching that. What a difficult song to sing. She did acceptably well.

by Anonymousreply 84June 18, 2022 1:32 PM

People... people who abuse people...

by Anonymousreply 85June 18, 2022 4:05 PM

If Lea has talent she should get the part even if she is hell on wheels behind the scenes. I still can't believe they built it around Beanie, my niece's high school choir sounds better than her.

by Anonymousreply 86June 18, 2022 4:15 PM

I think Vanessa Bayer as Laura Parsons just to keep continuity.

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by Anonymousreply 87June 18, 2022 5:51 PM

[Quote] If Lea has talent she should get the part even if she is hell on wheels behind the scenes.

She has a PR problem. We'll se if TPTB try to fix it.

by Anonymousreply 88June 18, 2022 5:54 PM

Lea M. coated in "Egyptian Number 5" don't crack. She can pass for 17.

by Anonymousreply 89June 18, 2022 5:58 PM

Team Lea. Beanstein needs to go. Now.

by Anonymousreply 90June 18, 2022 8:27 PM

I'm Team Closing.

by Anonymousreply 91June 18, 2022 8:35 PM

It can't close. I just bought another house in Malibu.

by Anonymousreply 92June 18, 2022 10:20 PM

Does Lea Michelle know she’s Jewish? If not somebody needs to tell her face.

by Anonymousreply 93June 18, 2022 10:23 PM

It should have always been Lea. Preferably 7 or 8 years ago. The public didn't hate Lea Michele. Not then. Besides she is more right for the role that anyone can be. That and her thirst for it probably cost her the part years ago. Jessie Mueller would also have been great - why was she never considered? She's older than Lea and already starred in On A Clear Day? Or because she's a Lutheran.

Let Leah have her go. She'll get very good reviews and the show will regain some prestige. Because Funny Girl is not a great show - it needs a real singer. Lea IS a broadway baby, after all.

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by Anonymousreply 94June 18, 2022 11:19 PM

Nonsense. Fanny Brice is a loveable character. Someone who specializes in taking off Tracey Flick is not an ideal Fanny Brice. And Michele was the only one of the three leads not nominated for a Tony.

by Anonymousreply 95June 18, 2022 11:22 PM

*three Spring Awakening leads

by Anonymousreply 96June 18, 2022 11:23 PM

I think she’s a good choice for the role, she has the voice and that certain quirkiness

by Anonymousreply 97June 19, 2022 4:26 AM

This would be a great comeback for her and help reignite interest in the show.

by Anonymousreply 98June 19, 2022 4:33 AM

She's trending on Twitter. It's going to happen. Good. Lea is a real talent and Funny Girl IS her dream. She can't possibly do worse than Beanie. Lea didn't murder anyone OR a beloved broadway show. She deserves a second chance.

by Anonymousreply 99June 19, 2022 4:40 AM

I'm not typixally so negative, but she's a cunt, and because it seems she wants this role more than anything else on Earth, I hope it fails miserably in one way or another. And even if she does take the role, the show still LOOKS like bad community theatre. They need to close it, and cut their losses.

by Anonymousreply 100June 19, 2022 5:18 AM

[quote] "typixally"

Oh, dear.


by Anonymousreply 101June 19, 2022 5:19 AM

Streisand has already made it clear that Lea Michelle never gets that role.


by Anonymousreply 102June 19, 2022 5:22 AM

WTF is Beanie wearing in that You Tube video? Work pants and a tight wife beater. WTF?!?!!!!! Her voice is nasally and thin.

by Anonymousreply 103June 19, 2022 5:31 AM

Well, Babs seemed friendly with Ryan Murphy for a time- so that could make sense about Lea.

by Anonymousreply 104June 19, 2022 5:50 AM

Streisand is 10 X the monster than Lea Michele could be on her worst day.

Barbra did stop her from getting the role before - because Lea was THAT good. But Barbaric Streusel has no power anymore. She has less 30 X LESS followers than Shirley Bassey. Cher, Bette, Dolly, Reba, and Nancy Sinatra are all more popular than the grotesque memory of Barbra Streisand.

Native West Virginian understands nothing but the bottle.

by Anonymousreply 105June 19, 2022 6:09 AM

What say would Babs have over casting now? She's not the composer. She's the former star. From decades ago. In what way would her opinion matter...?

If Lea gets the part, it doesn't mean her transgressions are forgiven. She could do well and still have no career afterwards.

Amber Riley, I assume, has more fans. I don't see people ignoring Amber or the rest of the cast who had to deal with Lea's shit.

by Anonymousreply 106June 19, 2022 6:18 AM

Jessie Meuler would have been amazing in this part.

Wonder if she turned it down...

by Anonymousreply 107June 19, 2022 6:19 AM

Lea will be box office

by Anonymousreply 108June 19, 2022 6:39 AM

^ this ^

by Anonymousreply 109June 19, 2022 6:41 AM

If there's real money to be made, the last thing producers care about is some former music and movie legend's objections.

If it becomes a success with Lea, then ok. If not, it's Lea's fault for being so unpopular and having a bad reputation. And, when it closes, nobody will blame Beanie Feldstein, because she's long gone by then. It's almost like a Trump situation (takes over a company, takes all the money out, runs it almost to the ground, sells it off to some rube who has to declare bankruptcy and shut this particular company down).

Lea's being set up?

by Anonymousreply 110June 19, 2022 6:47 AM

[quote] "They can bring anyone into this show: Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul. Lea Michele is what Las Vegas is all about! She's dazzling, she's exciting, and very, very sexy!"

I love you, R81. The reference IS mainstream, but this is why I come to DL.

by Anonymousreply 111June 19, 2022 7:02 AM

Beanie is the greatest flop AND most carefully reviewed atrocity in Broadway history. It's disgusting when nepotism and diversity casting leads to such enormous blunder and embarrassment. They fired Faye for not being able to sing Sunset BLVD, they should have fired Beanie for that AND for looking so grotesque. Go on a diet bitch and stop biting off more than you can CHEW!

Broadway ticket buyers will love Lea. The girl can REALLY sing and act and has been a live stage performer since she was 8 years old. She can be NOTHING but a relief and great improvement. If fact, she will be great. If she tries too hard to ingratiate - so did Fanny Brice.

Beanie Feldstein should be taken out back of the barn and shot in the head.

by Anonymousreply 112June 19, 2022 7:05 AM

If not Lea, who? Beanie Feldstein's brother?

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by Anonymousreply 113June 19, 2022 7:23 AM

I would like to humbly remind the producers that I am available, perfect for the part and a bigger STAR than any of these nobodies who are getting cast. And none of them have recorded a "Sings Funny Girl" LP like I did with my background help a few years ago.

I already sang "My Man" as Billie Holiday. Singing it again as that Jew comedian would make me the greatest interpreter of this role and no one would remember who played it before.

After my smash Broadway and London runs Imma do the movie version. This has never been filmed, right? Academy, just send over the Tony, Oscar and Grammy to my Greenwich mansion right now because no one else will stand a chance. Ain't nobody got no mountain high enough to rain on my parade!

by Anonymousreply 114June 19, 2022 7:30 AM

Diana Ross was and IS the greatest STAR.

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by Anonymousreply 115June 19, 2022 7:37 AM

Better than barbara. Is Lillias White still alive?

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by Anonymousreply 116June 19, 2022 7:42 AM

Claire from Six Feet Under. I thought she would do it. Who cares how old, Lea Michele is too old and ghastly

by Anonymousreply 117June 19, 2022 7:45 AM

Streisand must have hit man connections.

by Anonymousreply 118June 19, 2022 7:47 AM

Now, that I know Wicked is safe from her, I wish her all the luck.

She might be long-in-tooth for Fanny, though.

by Anonymousreply 119June 19, 2022 10:04 AM

R114, I would like to remind Miss Ross that “My Man” is not, nor never has been, in the Broadway production of Funny Girl.

R95, Fanny is a lovable character? Have you actually seen the show? Maybe in the first act she’s lovable, but certainly not in act two! Especially with Harvey’s rewrites, all the sympathy goes to Nick and not Fanny.

by Anonymousreply 120June 19, 2022 2:06 PM

Vhat ah ya gonna do, shoot the svans? Dese lovelies??

by Anonymousreply 121June 19, 2022 2:14 PM

I'm amused at how accusations of racism were deflected by showing she's just a complete and total cunt to everyone.

by Anonymousreply 122June 19, 2022 2:23 PM

Anyone who saw Michele angrily sing her way through "Don't Rain on My Parade" at the Tonys knows that she is far from "That Good."

by Anonymousreply 123June 19, 2022 3:38 PM

Lea stunk up the theater.

by Anonymousreply 124June 19, 2022 3:44 PM

I still want one of these sisters, Fiona Apple or Maude Maggart.

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by Anonymousreply 125June 19, 2022 3:47 PM

I can't stand her fucking Brother. Jesus Christ he's an asshole.

by Anonymousreply 126June 19, 2022 4:04 PM

[Quote] I still want one of these sisters, Fiona Apple or Maude Maggart.

With Penny Fuller as Mrs. Brice!

by Anonymousreply 127June 19, 2022 4:06 PM

This bitch is fug.

She has a manface and a Jew nose

by Anonymousreply 128June 19, 2022 4:10 PM

I thought that she was cancelled for being a racist cunt?

by Anonymousreply 129June 19, 2022 4:16 PM

Give her the role.

Lea's brand is so closely aligned with this role, especially thanks to Glee, that it's a no brainer.

She's talented, she would be a competent if not solid actress, when it comes to this role.

People that love her and people that want to see her fail will both go to see it.

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by Anonymousreply 130June 19, 2022 4:36 PM

R117 Lauren Ambrose is not interested. That moment came and went and probably could have been a good show. She later had her Broadway moment with MFL (in which she missed a ton of performances).

Lea Michele is almost 10 years younger than Lauren Ambrose. But I agree that Lea is vile. I’m of the camp that believes this production of Funny Girl should close after Labor Day. The core local Broadway audience has seen this production with Beanie and will not see it again. If they can draw in Tulsa and Indianapolis and St. Louis tourists with someone like Carrie Underwood, that would keep the show afloat but that’s not going to happen/scheduling.

Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff could excite Broadway insiders for a 5 performance Encores, but are not going to carry this show in its current incarnation.

Funny Girl is doing fine box office because it’s summer tourist season and tourists are familiar with and like a hummable score. Plus, there are just not a lot of classic Broadway musicals to choose from at the moment. So, you travel to NYC and want to see a show and Funny Girl is easy to convince your husband to see. But past summer, it will plummet.

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by Anonymousreply 131June 19, 2022 9:00 PM

They'd see it with Idina Menzel, even if she is too old.

by Anonymousreply 132June 19, 2022 9:05 PM

[quote]Lea M. coated in "Egyptian Number 5" don't crack.

It was called Light Egyptian.

by Anonymousreply 133June 19, 2022 10:11 PM

Any update yet?

by Anonymousreply 134June 21, 2022 1:44 AM

Lea is signing the contracts right now, I'm sure!

by Anonymousreply 135June 21, 2022 1:46 AM

She hasn't worked in awhile. Hopefully, Lea is practicing her wig shitting.

by Anonymousreply 136June 21, 2022 1:49 AM

Lots of rumour. This Broadway baby (MickeyJo) covers the story well. Good sense predicts that Leah will get the part. He breaks it down.

If she doesn't, it's because the Feldstein's have too much power and pride and are willing to throw away millions of dollars of other people's money.

Beanie is truly a nobody. This should all be very laughable. The Tony Awards didn't even mention Funny Girl except for its one nomination.

[quote]She hasn't worked in awhile. Hopefully, Lea is practicing

Lea JUST performed on the Tony awards and was part of Miscast 2022. With Audra and Kelli and Raul and Aaron Tveit.

Beanie is leaving the production....earlier than planned.

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by Anonymousreply 137June 21, 2022 1:55 AM

Never heard of this guy before at r137, but he really breaks it down well

by Anonymousreply 138June 21, 2022 2:58 AM

It’s interesting that he thinks that Beanie may not last until September, and may leave her contract early.

by Anonymousreply 139June 21, 2022 2:59 AM

People who are saying Lea’s sounded shitty years ago at the Tonys - I’m sure she’s been working on her voice and will be in fine form if they actually cast her in this. She actually knows how to sing and seems like a hard worker. She sounded great in that HBO documentary on spring awakening. Also she hasn’t been working much so she’s had time to get her voice in shape.

And yes. She’s definitely a cunt but it would be great if she replaces fat lazy Beanie and nails it - so I’m rooting for her.

by Anonymousreply 140June 21, 2022 3:17 AM

It's time for redemption for Lea!

She deserves a second chance.

I hope she gets it. I'll cry if she does!!

by Anonymousreply 141June 21, 2022 3:19 AM

Was it the Tonys some years back when she screeched out off pitch Don’t Rain on My Parade? Not good.

by Anonymousreply 142June 21, 2022 3:30 AM

That was Barbra,142.

by Anonymousreply 143June 21, 2022 3:33 AM

Her NYADA training is really paying off!

by Anonymousreply 144June 21, 2022 3:34 AM

Linda Eder and Lillias have both sung Don't Rain on My Parade far better than Barbaric Steizand. And they sing it LIVE! Celine could also sing it much better than B.S. Probably Eydie Gorme could too. Betty Buckley....Barbra never sang it live, like on the recording. She can't. Linda Eder is light years beyond her technically and sonically.

People is a song for morons - which is why old dumb Barabas keeps charging $850 a seat to croak it out.

The Music That Makes Me Dance is the best song from Funny Girl and Laurie Beechman sang it as well and with much more feeling than Streizand. It's far too schmaltzy for anything other than a cabaret show.

The Funny Girl score belongs to know one. The only mark that Beanie left on it was her father's asshole.

Of course Lea can be a success in this show! She looks like Fanny Brice, and sings very well. She loves Struesel above all others, but is over trying to imitate her. Barbara's style is kind of old fashioned. Lea has more depth and soul to her tone AND a beautiful head voice - it's very pretty.

Streizand never could. She's screechy.

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by Anonymousreply 145June 21, 2022 4:02 AM

Linda Eder is a great live singer. The problem is she's not a dynamic actress and doesn't exude star power, which is a shame because she is very talented and has great control over her voice.

by Anonymousreply 146June 21, 2022 4:37 AM

take a seat Beanie Feldstein.....

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by Anonymousreply 147June 21, 2022 8:27 AM

R146 That was a fantastic, powerful performance, although she did pretty much copy Barbra’s version, all the same phrasing.

by Anonymousreply 148June 21, 2022 8:59 AM

They should do a film remake with Lea as well while they're at it.

by Anonymousreply 149June 21, 2022 9:17 AM

R106 In what world is Amber Riley more famous than Lea Michele?

by Anonymousreply 150June 21, 2022 9:17 AM

None R150.

by Anonymousreply 151June 21, 2022 11:06 AM

Sorry to say Funny Gurl will close before Lea ever hits center stage.

by Anonymousreply 152June 21, 2022 11:50 AM

If Broadway doesn't pan out, could we interest her in a one-hour condensed version of FG for nightly entertainment on a Carnival cruise ship?

by Anonymousreply 153June 21, 2022 12:56 PM

It's grossing over $1 million per week so it may not close that soon.

by Anonymousreply 154June 21, 2022 7:22 PM

Streisand sang her Funny Girl hits at the Garden concert in the early 90s and sounded great. Though she had the reputation of a cold imperious diva I don't think she had the mean nasty reputation Lea has. How many times did she threaten to shit in somebody's wig? And she did sing My Man as an encore her final performance at the Winter Garden.

Lea is now in Mrs. Brice territory. Medford was 45 when she did the role. Anyway from what is on youtube the show does look like community theater. Very cheap sets and costumes. A real no budget production.

by Anonymousreply 155June 21, 2022 7:52 PM

I remember Popbitch declaring that Streisand assaulted a PA who gave her the wrong water during tour rehearsals. I think it was the tour with the Broadway Boys (Michael Arden, Hugh Panaro etc.).

by Anonymousreply 156June 21, 2022 7:54 PM

It may gross a certain amount, but what does it cost? I would guess Plaza Suite is cheaper to produce, and is making the same or more.

by Anonymousreply 157June 21, 2022 8:37 PM

But I can assure you, r157, that SJP and Matthew are making a hell of a lot more each week than the entire Funny Girl cast.

by Anonymousreply 158June 21, 2022 8:42 PM

That's the first I've heard of Streisand assaulting somebody.

by Anonymousreply 159June 21, 2022 8:49 PM

I listened again to Linda Eder's "Parade," which thank you for posting, R147. Pretty impressive. Did no one consider her for a revival years ago?

by Anonymousreply 160June 21, 2022 9:06 PM

[quote]Lea is now in Mrs. Brice territory. Medford was 45 when she did the role.

And Lea is 36. As has been discussed many times on DL, people generally look younger today than their same-age counterparts from prior generations. 45 years old in the 1960s was a lot older looking than it is today.

by Anonymousreply 161June 21, 2022 10:56 PM

'As has been discussed many times on DL, people generally look younger today than their same-age counterparts from prior generations.'

This especially true on DL where most posters look decades younger than their actual ages.

by Anonymousreply 162June 22, 2022 12:57 AM

R160. Linda Eder has only appeared in one Broadway production, Jekyll and Hyde. Her version of her career is that she didn't want to sing and tour her life away. She wanted to sing Garland and Broadway and covers and Christmas music. Select concerts. She wanted to preserve her family life AND her voice. Others would say that she was in exclusive service to her husband's productions for the best years of her career.

Regardless, she has a REAL 4 octave range - the most lustrous and powerful and near perfect Broadway voice. Her voice is almost too beautiful and BIG for many show. Like a younger Streisand it's hard to catch her breathing. But Eder is what some people THINK streisand was, a true belter with enormous power, perfect intonation, and gorgeous vibrato. The big crescendos and the l o n g notes held so beautifully. Then the delicacy and purity of a near flawless vocal technique. Beautifully connected registers and the most incredible power AND control. LIVE. She has a third lung and great musicality - she's amazing.

HERE is another song that everyone sang, though it was never all that great. Eder will raise the hairs on your head with the fifth gear singing and overtones she just effortlessly transitions to as she takes it home. She never runs up to notes, - she opens her instrument more like Garland - the already full sound takes on more resonance and power. A modulation. Linda Eder may not be a star - but her voice is a thrill. (She doesn't like being told she's as good as Streisand.....she's different and better:)

It probably didn't help her career that she won Star Search.

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by Anonymousreply 163June 22, 2022 1:01 AM

They should change it to "Funny Gurl" and cast a transvestite. It would bring in a whole new audience.

by Anonymousreply 164June 22, 2022 1:05 AM


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by Anonymousreply 165June 22, 2022 1:20 AM

Funny Person!

by Anonymousreply 166June 22, 2022 1:46 AM

The show is selling nearly 100% of its tickets. Has it ever fallen below 90% even when she’s gone? It somehow is successful despite Beanie sucking the very life out of it whenever she’s on stage. I would imagine it will easily survive until September and then they’ll announce Lea replacing and that will sell even more. There’s no question there’s an appetite for this show.

by Anonymousreply 167June 22, 2022 12:12 PM

Thanks R163. I always like reading analyses of singers. It's true, her voice does seem more powerful than Barbra's; I love her vibrato. The thing is, we have to remember how unique Barbra sounded for her time. Hers wasn't your typical "Broadway"-sounding voice, there was an appealing element of pop to it.

by Anonymousreply 168June 22, 2022 12:18 PM

[quote]The show is selling nearly 100% of its tickets. Has it ever fallen below 90% even when she’s gone?

The past three weeks did 88%, 86% and 85%

It's funny how they only did 100% during previews

by Anonymousreply 169June 22, 2022 1:12 PM

The newest TV commercials for FG have removed Beanie's singing.

by Anonymousreply 170June 22, 2022 1:16 PM

[quote] Streisand is 10 X the monster than Lea Michele could be on her worst day. Barbra did stop her from getting the role before - because Lea was THAT good.

Streisand is also 10x the talent--and even she never threatened to shit in someone's wig.

When did Streisand stop Lea from getting FG? Streisand doesn't own the rights.

While Lea can sing the songs, can she really do it 8 shows a week--it's a voice killer.

by Anonymousreply 171June 22, 2022 1:18 PM

It would never happen, but what if Babs came back for a few performances?

by Anonymousreply 172June 22, 2022 3:27 PM

R163 you're really an Eder fan. That's a great description of her skills.

I've never seen her live but I'd love to. A YT recording at a venue in NY I saw somewhat recently made it seem like her range has diminished so....hopefully I can before she's retired.

by Anonymousreply 173June 22, 2022 3:53 PM

I remember watching one of those Eder videos for the first time. The self satisfied smirk she gives while holding one of the notes was such a turn off.

by Anonymousreply 174June 22, 2022 3:58 PM

[quote] There’s no question there’s an appetite for this show.

When your alternative is " A Strange Loop," it goes without saying.

by Anonymousreply 175June 22, 2022 5:17 PM

This "reporter" is the essence of DL.

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by Anonymousreply 176June 22, 2022 5:22 PM

Fuck, fuck, fuck...

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by Anonymousreply 177June 22, 2022 5:27 PM

British queen discusses.

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by Anonymousreply 178June 22, 2022 5:57 PM

Curtain call Julie

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by Anonymousreply 179June 22, 2022 5:57 PM

Funny Girl did not kill the voices of Streisand, Mimi Hines, Barbara Cook and Julie Budd. And I assume they all did it 8 times a week.

Today it would be a voice killer because performers don't have the chops and dedication for showing up 8 times a week. Because it is what you do. As in it's your job.

by Anonymousreply 180June 22, 2022 8:07 PM

^If there were a merciful god it would have killed Beanie’s.

by Anonymousreply 181June 22, 2022 8:51 PM

Since I have the aficionados here, I have a question about Barbra on the cast album. Her weird vocal flourish at the end of "Parade" - was that her voice cracking or intentional? It's so odd.

And I didn't know Julie Budd played the role, really?

by Anonymousreply 182June 22, 2022 8:52 PM

Almost all singers with big voices or personalities have physical idiosyncrasies when they are performing the money notes or emotional climax of a song, R179. Garland with her arm raised in the air, Whitney reaching with forearms outstretched forward and just a hint of a smile, Aretha giving self satisfied smirking attitude all through any song - even when she sounded like shit, Diana Ross with her hands raised and clenched all the way above her head - like a boxer. Celine notably pounds her chest, but her actual high notes are sung almost classically. Patti Labelle stomps her feet and flaps her arms and drops the mic and walks away satisfied with her OWN self.

Liza with the quick head toss and spastic arm gestures meant to punctuate her last notes.....and Ms.Streisand herself. Like Aretha - she doesn't emote much when she sings - she seems to not understand the lyrics at all - but she makes a lot of faces that she imagines are attractive or emotional. She either looks to the heavens on a long last note or growls and snorts off the ending of her songs. Streisand is not a pretty person to watch sing - that's why she sounds much better on recordings.

Not everyone looks as beautiful as Linda Eder when they sing. That's almost detrimental. You don't see the effort. Audra McDonald also is like this. Her face moves beautifully no matter the effort of her voice. Most classical singers don't pull faces - but their face contorts to form the vowels and shape the notes as is necessary. Flared nostrils and funny lip shapes.....

Long way of saying - watch Linda Eder be pleased with herself here! She swaggers through the song and then takes it up into the vocal stratosphere - her voice is gliding - making gorgeous overtones that sound almost like a second bel canto voice accompaniment. She creates a harmonic. Raise your eyebrow and smirk, my dear. No one mentioned in this post can do THIS!

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by Anonymousreply 183June 22, 2022 9:11 PM

My post was meant as a response to R174. Sorry.

by Anonymousreply 184June 22, 2022 9:13 PM

And where did it get her? Not even a hit album.

by Anonymousreply 185June 22, 2022 10:23 PM

Is Linda Eder still married to Frank Wildhorn?

by Anonymousreply 186June 22, 2022 11:53 PM

No. Linda does very fucking long vlogs.

by Anonymousreply 187June 23, 2022 1:07 AM

“Don’t rain on my parade” seems like such a hard song to sing. Nobody delivers it as well as Barbara though, who manages to make all those weird, wordy lines sound normal and conversational, not breathlessly shoehorned in.

by Anonymousreply 188June 23, 2022 2:03 AM

It is a very hard song to sing. Barabas Streizand did not sing it best. As has been proven on this thread, twice.

If you think that Linda Eder or Lillias White sound breathless compared to Streizand's half talked and half spit out version.....then you are charlie.

by Anonymousreply 189June 23, 2022 2:44 AM

Are we, perhaps, overlooking the obvious?

by Anonymousreply 190June 23, 2022 2:47 AM

I saw a picture of Julie Benko and Beanie smiling big, they looked like children. Nothing womanly about them, it was pathetic.

by Anonymousreply 191June 23, 2022 2:50 AM

[quote]However, Sandra Bernhard has always wanted to play this part. Yes, she's 70, but she would be a draw.

So LOL. On which planet because it's not this one?

by Anonymousreply 192June 23, 2022 2:59 AM

Barbra Streisand (I know how to spell her name) sang a very pretty version of Memory. It was released even before the show came out. She did not give it the BIG Streisand modulations and overcooked production values. She sang it very pretty and restrained. The song is dramatic enough and she let it have just one climax. Rare. She barely hits the Eb5. Makes it a rare and nice recording for her.

But can Barbara Streizand sing Memory like Heather Headley? Hell NO! She hasn't the vocal power, range or technique. Headley's drama is not for everyone. Same with Babs whatever it is she does kind of singing. Streisand is a most old fashioned singer who's recorded so much shit. She likes accolades and rewards and recognition. She chases hits and destroys classics. She doesn't really like to sing. And she gives so little when she performs. She applauds herself!

Barbaric is far from the best female singer on the planet. She's not even in the top 50.

Lea will do fine. Barbra was known to cut songs and half ass the rest when she appeared in Funny Girl. Unless someone important was around.

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by Anonymousreply 193June 23, 2022 3:06 AM

Vat about Fraulein Luzie Juckenburg?

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by Anonymousreply 194June 23, 2022 3:07 AM

R193, Did you see the clip of Heather starring in Funny Girl in high school that I posted upthread? She’s great.

If only Lea Michele would lose that pouty little girl thing she does with her voice and sound more mature, she’d be terrific.

by Anonymousreply 195June 23, 2022 3:11 AM

No I didn't, R195. But I'll find it. I love Heather. Thanks!

Lea IS annoying for the reasons you say. I don't even like her voice very much. But it's a good voice and she's the right choice in every other way too.

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by Anonymousreply 197June 23, 2022 3:42 AM

Is she still gassy?

by Anonymousreply 198June 23, 2022 3:44 AM

Heather Hedley fucking up her big climactic note onstage with a choir behind her was one of the funniest videos I've ever seen on YouTube. It disappeared a while back, sadly. The note was so bad. So deliciously bad... I know a DLer must have saved the video.

by Anonymousreply 199June 23, 2022 4:06 AM

r72, But is beanie suited for the PepperPot Playhouse?

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by Anonymousreply 200June 23, 2022 4:11 AM

Beanie is engaged y'all!! And she's wearing a cozy knockoff of Barbra's concert dresses!

Everyone gets theirs in the end.

Welcome to Funny Girl, Lea!

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by Anonymousreply 201June 23, 2022 8:54 PM

Good for Beanie for beginning a happy marriage and supportive family.

She'll need it.

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