Jane Lynch leaves the Broadway production of funny girl earlier than previously announced.
The actor and comedian, who played Ms. Brice, mother of the show’s lead, Fanny, will now end her run on August 14 due to a planned vacation. The production had previously said Lynch would end its run after the September 4 performance.
Lynch had already planned a vacation starting Aug. 15, with a scheduled return on Aug. 23, but would leave the show on Sept. 1 to attend the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, the production said Tuesday. The producers agreed to let Lynch leave the show before her vacation, rather than return for a week of performances.
“With my long-planned vacation in the books and then the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony…I will be making my final call on August 14,” Lynch said in the press release. “While I’m on my last week in funny girl, my heart is filled with gratitude for this tremendously talented company led by Beanie Feldstein and our amazing audience for keeping theater alive! I would especially like to thank my current scene partner Julie Benko and I will be back to see my friend Lea Michele turn on the lights.”
Liz McCartney, the standby for Ms. Brice, will play the part from August 16 to September 4. Tovah Feldshuh will step into the role from September 6, as planned.
This is the last schedule change on Funny girl. On July 10, Beanie Feldstein announced she would be leaving production on July 31, about two months ahead of schedule, after the producers “decided to take the show in a different direction.” The next day, the production announced that Lea Michele would take over the lead role from September 6.
Lynch and Feldstein were originally scheduled to leave production on September 25. Both actors had been in the roles since the revival began with Broadway performances on March 22.
Stand-by Julie Benko has played the title role since August 2 and will play it through September 4 and on Thursdays from September 8.