Lea Michele just landed a huge role on Broadway, but the actress’s history of unprofessional behavior is overshadowing the exciting news.
On Monday, the Glee alum revealed that she’ll be returning to Broadway as Fanny Brice in the revival of Funny Girl following Beanie Feldstein’s early exit. “A dream come true is an understatement,” Lea wrote in an Instagram post. “I’m so incredibly honored to join this amazing cast and production and return to the stage playing Fanny Brice on Broadway.”
Lea included an image of herself next to Tovah Feldshuh, who portrays Mrs. Brice in the show. Lea will take over the role on September 6th.
Beanie originally stepped into the role when the revival debuted in April. But amidst mixed reviews, the Lady Bird star revealed last month she’d be leaving the show early at the end of September. Since then, however, Beanie revealed she’d be departing even earlier after “production decided to take the show in a different direction.”
Lea’s Racist Past Is Being Brought Up By Old Co-Star (Again)
While many fans and fellow celebrities have congratulated Lea on the role, there’s one person who says no one should be celebrating – Samantha Ware. Samantha was cast as Jane Hayward in the sixth and final season of Glee. The show ended in 2015, but Samantha revealed in 2020 how difficult it was to work with Lea while on set.
She accused Lea of a variety of rude, discriminatory behavior while filming the musical show – including threatening to poop in her wig, which Lea has said she has no recollection of. Lea later issued an apology.
“Am I calling Lea a racist? No. Does Lea have racist tendencies? I think Lea suffers from a symptom of living in this world in an industry that is tailored to white people,” Samantha later told Variety.
After the news of Lea’s role in Funny Girl broke, Samantha turned to Twitter to express her dissatisfaction.
“Yes, I’m online today,” she tweeted. “Yes, I see y’all. Yes, I care. Yes, im affected. Yes, I’m human. Yes, I’m Black. Yes, I was abused. Yes, my dreams were tainted. Yes, Broadway upholds whiteness. Yes, Hollywood does the same. Yes, silence is complicity. Yes, I’m loud. Yes, I’d do it again.”
She also re-tweeted a quote from @ucancallmesis, which read, “This industry will reward bad behavior time and time again. its good to know that you all can only identify abusers when its a cis yt female getting abused. this industry cares not about black people and our experiences within it. Very sad.”
So far, Lea has not responded to Samantha’s comments.