Jane Lynch has “no drama” with Lea Michele over Funny Girl.
Lynch cleared the air regarding her old Glee co-star in an interview with Playbill. It stemmed from Lynch moving up her departure from the Broadway revival, in which she plays Mrs. Brice, ahead of Michele taking took over for Beanie Feldstein as Fanny. Lynch leaves the show Aug. 14, three weeks earlier than planned, and Michele makes her debut Sept. 6.
“I have a vacation August 14, and then I had just like five shows after that, and it’s a six-hour flight, so I thought, ‘Let’s end it now,'” Lynch told the outlet.
She continued, “It has nothing to do with not wanting to see Lea. I text with Lea. She and I are fine. I’m thrilled for her. I love working with Julie [Benko, the current Fanny]. I loved working with Beanie. There’s no drama here. None.”
Lynch also said her Emmy nomination for Only Murders in the Buildingimpacted her plans. Her category is set to be presented at the Creative Arts Awards on Sept. 4, and she wants to be there.
With Lynch leaving, standby Liz McCartney will step in as Mrs. Brice from Aug. 16 through Sept. 4. Tovah Feldshuh will then take over the part on Sept. 6 — to play alongside Michele.
Feldstein’s early and abrupt departure from the show brought a lot of gossip. The fact that she was being replaced by Michele, who previously faced accusations of bad behavior on set led to criticism over her landing the spot. Michele does have a Broadway background, appearing in Spring Awakening. In a funny twist, she also saw her Glee character, Rachel Berry, book the role of Fanny in the show’s fictionalized take on Broadway.
On Friday, Michele posted a photo of herself outside the August Wilson Theatre aside a throwback of her Glee character under the Funny Girl marquee. Lynch announced her early exit a few days later, on Tuesday.
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