Feldstein talked about her decision to leave on Instagram. "Playing Fanny Brice on Broadway has been a lifelong dream of mine, and doing so for the last few months has been a great joy and true honor," she said.
"Once the production decided to take the show in a different direction, I made the extremely difficult decision to step away sooner than anticipated," she continued. "I will never forget this experience and from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank every single person who came to the August Wilson for the love and support you have shown me and our amazing cast and crew."
"The people I have had the great joy of bringing Funny Girl to life with every night, both on and off the state, are all remarkably talented and exceptional humans and I hope you continue to join them on Henry Street after I depart on July 31st," she added.
This is all very reminiscent of the late-season Glee plotline that saw a young Rachel Berry cast as the lead in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl, her lifelong dream role, only to leave suddenly and unceremoniously after a short time. Perhaps next we'll get to see an Untitled Beanie Feldstein Project?
It's unknown what Feldstein will do next, but we do know what will be happening to Fanny. From August 2 until September 4 Julie Benko will be performing as Fanny, before the legendary voice of her generation -- Ms. Lea Michele -- will step into the role starting September 6. She'll be joined by Tovah Feldshuh (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Fanny's mother.
"A dream come true is an understatement," Michele wrote on Instagram. "I'm so incredibly honored to join this amazing cast and production and return to the stage playing Fanny Brice on Broadway."