Lea Michele is taking a hiatus from ‘Funny Girl’ after being hit with the ‘first signs’ of COVID-19.
The 36-year-old actress starred as Fanny Brice on Broadway, but Lea confirmed via Instagram that she was stepping back from the production after feeling ill.
She wrote on the photo-sharing platform: “I am devastated to say that due to the early signs and symptoms of COVID and an inconclusive test result – due to production safety protocols, I am not am not allowed to perform on today’s shows.”
Léa plans to take another test and hopes to find out soon if she can return on Sunday (09.11.22).
The actress added, “Julie [Benko] going to smash it today as Fanny – as are all of our incredible one-liners who have stepped up so incredibly this week as we battle a very intense covid outbreak in our theater (sic)”
A source close to the production told PEOPLE: “[There is] an outbreak among the crew and cast, so they obviously put safety first.”
Earlier this month, Lea revealed she broke down in tears after being cast in ‘Funny Girl’.
The former ‘Glee’ star was having brunch with her two-year-old son, Ever, when she learned she had been cast in the Broadway production.
She said: “Funny story, I got the call from my agents that I got the part. I had no idea.
“I was literally sitting at Bubby’s with my kid, giving her buttery pasta and broccoli. And I got a call from my agents, and they said, ‘You’re going to be Fanny Brice on ‘Funny Girl.’ And as I watched standing up, I start crying hysterically and I’m like, oh my God.”