Here's Why Lea Michele Will Be Absent From Broadway’s ‘Funny Girl’ For 10 Days

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The actress will be sitting out for a few days due to a medical reason.

Lea Michele recently revealed that she will be absent from her leading role as Fanny Brice in Broadway's Funny Girl

Per E! News, the actress posted a story on her Instagram where she mentioned that she will be taking time off from the musical after contracting COVID-19. The news comes just four days after she officially joined the cast on Broadway. 

"In following production protocol I cannot return to the theater for 10 days," she wrote in her story. "Thankfully staying home today and catching this early protected so many members of our company from being exposed."

She noted that many members are also suffering from the virus: "Funny Girl has been and still is tackling a tremendous wave of COVID with close to a dozen company members currently out."

She continued, "We are almost on the other side of this and our swings and understudies are doing such an incredible job to keep our show on its feet."

"This week has been a dream come true and I cannot wait to get back — You better get ready. See you soon," she concluded the statement.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Jared Grimes, Ramin Karimloo, Lea Michele, Tovah Feldshuh and cast as Michele takes her first curtain call as "Fanny Brice" in "Funny Girl" on Broadway at The <a href="https://parade.com/1400382/michelleparkerton/august-holidays-observances/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:August" class="link ">August</a> Wilson Theatre on <a href="https://parade.com/living/september-holidays-observances" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:September" class="link ">September</a> 6, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/WireImage)<p><a href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/1421492698" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bruce Glikas/Getty Images" class="link ">Bruce Glikas/Getty Images</a></p>
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Jared Grimes, Ramin Karimloo, Lea Michele, Tovah Feldshuh and cast as Michele takes her first curtain call as "Fanny Brice" in "Funny Girl" on Broadway at The August Wilson Theatre on September 6, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/WireImage)

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Michele took over the role of Fanny after Beanie Feldstein left the Broadway renewal. Opening night for the actress took place on Sept. 6, and according to E! News, Michele "received four standing ovations during the first act alone."

Michele is expected to return to Funny Girl on Sept 20.

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