Lea Michele bows out of more Funny Girl shows after positive COVID-19 test result

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Lea Michele bows out of more Funny Girl shows after positive COVID-19 test result

The rain just keeps pouring down on Funny Girl's parade.

Its star Lea Michele has tested positive for COVID-19 and will bow out of more shows than expected due to production protocol, she announced in an Instagram Story over the weekend.

"Unfortunately, I have officially tested positive for COVID," Michele wrote. "In following production protocol, I cannot return to the theater for 10 days. Thankfully staying home today and catching this early protected so many members of our company from being exposed."

Praising the swings and understudies who have stepped in and "are doing such an incredible job to keep our show on its feet," Michele added that her first week on the job has been a "dream come true and I cannot wait to get back — you better get ready."

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Lea Michele Confirms She Has Covid, Will Miss 'Funny Girl' for 10 Days: 'See You Soon'. https://www.instagram.com/leamichele/

Lea Michele/Instagram Lea Michele bows out of more 'Funny Girl' shows after positive COVID test

Michele bowed out of the Saturday show after displaying early signs and symptoms of COVID and receiving an inconclusive test result. The update came less than a week after the Glee alum received multiple standing ovations for her debut as Fanny Brice in the legendary Broadway musical on Sept. 6 amid an ongoing wave of positive test results within the cast and crew.

"Due to the production's safety protocols I'm not allowed to perform for today's shows," she wrote on Instagram Story. "I will be testing again and will know more about tomorrow's performance soon."

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 15: Lea Michele attends as alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet celebrates 20 years at the Close East Lawn on June 15, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for alice + olivia)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 15: Lea Michele attends as alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet celebrates 20 years at the Close East Lawn on June 15, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for alice + olivia)

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty for alice + olivia 'Funny Girl' star Lea Michele will miss Saturday's performances of the Broadway musical due to 'early signs and symptoms of COVID.'

Julie Benko — who stars as Fanny on Thursdays and helmed the production through the interim between Beanie Feldstein's exit and Michele's arrival — will take to the stage on Saturday instead with Michele's full support behind her.

"Julie is going to crush it today as Fanny," Michele wrote. "As are all of our amazing understudies who have stepped up so incredibly this week while we battle a very intense COVID outbreak in our theater."

Funny Girl confirmed the news in an Instagram statement. "Julie Benko will perform as Fanny Brice at today's performances of Funny Girl," it read. "We also acknowledge and celebrate all of our incredibly talented standbys, swings, and understudies, who are going on to cover a number of company members who are unable to perform due to industry COVID protocols, as well as everyone else working on the production, committed to giving audiences a great show."

Lea Michele Joins The Cast Of "Funny Girl" On Broadway
Lea Michele Joins The Cast Of "Funny Girl" On Broadway

Bruce Glikas/WireImage Lea Michele during her opening-night performance in Broadway's 'Funny Girl'

This is not the first time health issues have plagued the Broadway hit since it returned to the stage back in April. In the run up to her final performance as Fanny in July, Feldstein announced on Instagram that she would miss multiple shows after unexpectedly coming down with tonsillitis.

"The last thing I would want on this earth is to get the people that I love sick, and I'm just not allowed to go on stage through the weekend," Feldstein said at the time. "I cannot wait to do my last two weeks, and you just, you gotta laugh at a certain point. When it rains, it pours on your old pal Bean."

With additional reporting by Jessica Wang.

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