‘Funny Girl’ Producers Speak Out About Beanie Feldstein’s Exit From Broadway Show

The producers behind Funny Girl are opening up about Beanie Feldstein‘s exit from the Broadway show.

If you missed the big news, Beanie will be stepping away from the role of Fanny Brice on July 31 and Lea Michele will be stepping in, effective September 6.

Beanie announced that her exit was moved up to fans on social media and producers are now clarifying that they weren’t blindsided about it.

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Rumors had been started that Beanie caught the production team off guard by doing that. However, they say that those are untrue.

“The producers of Funny Girl were not blindsided by Beanie’s social post,” producers for the show and beanie’s rep told People. “The producers decided to take the show in a different direction and end Beanie’s contract on September 25th, 6 months earlier than anticipated.”

They added, “A month after that decision, Beanie decided it was best for her to leave on July 31st. The producers were aware of and in support of her decision. The producers and Beanie worked on this together professionally, respectfully and graciously.”

Read more about Beanie‘s decision to leave Funny Girl here.

She’s also not the only star of the show that will be leaving.