Lea Michele’s ‘Funny Girl’ makes $1.6 million opening weekend

Lea Michele recently made her debut as Fanny Brice from “Funny Girl” and she’s already making big money.

With Michele officially cast as Fanny Brice since last Tuesday, August Wilson Theater’s revival of “Funny Girl” grossed over $1.6 million in “Glee’s” opening weekend, according to the broadway league. It’s the biggest weekend since the revival opened in April with Beanie Feldstein in the title role.

Michele debuted to multiple standing ovations and support from “Glee” co-creator Ryan Murphy, “Glee” co-star Jonathan Groff and other TV friends.

Weekend box office revenue has surged since the prior weekend gross of $659,874.

However, on Saturday, Michele revealed that she had “officially tested positive” for COVID-19 and would be out of service for 10 days. Like Feldstein, Michele’s ‘Funny Girl’ run will take a brief hiatus while she recovers from COVID.

“Fortunately, staying home today and catching this early protected so many in our business from being exposed,” Michele said in a shared statement. on his Instagram story.

The “Scream Queens” actress took her Instagram followers on her COVID care journey, sharing photos of soup, juice and her latest TV binge (“Tell Me Lies” from Hulu) to her Instagram Story.

Michèle was announced to take on the role of Fanny Brice — “a dream come true” – in July. Feldstein’s first show on April 24 grossed $1.1 million and averaged $1.3 million in the “Booksmart” actor’s first few weeks. Deadline announced. Feldstein’s last “Funny Girl” show took place on July 31, nearly two months before its originally announced September 25 release date.

“Once the production decided to take the show in a different direction, I made the extremely difficult decision to walk away early,” Feldstein said in a statement in July.

Times editor Christi Carras contributed to this report.

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