After sitting out Saturday’s performance of Funny Girl due to “early signs and symptoms of COVID,” Lea Michele confirmed she has tested positive for COVID. “Due to current Broadway protocols, she will return on Tuesday, September 20th,” said a statement from the production.
Julie Benko, the understudy for Fanny Brice, is stepping into the lead role in Michele’s absence.
“I’m devastated to say that due to early signs and symptoms of COVID and an inconclusive test result — due to the production’s safety protocols I’m not allowed to perform for today’s shows,” she wrote on her Instagram story earlier Saturday.
“I will be testing again and will know more about tomorrow’s performance soon. Julie is going to crush it today as Fanny — 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.”
Michele’s absence comes only days after the former “Glee” star made her long-anticipated debut in the Broadway revival.