Broadway: “Funny Girl” Star Beanie Feldstein Keeps Missing Shows, Giving Understudy Julie Benko a Surprise Showcase

It pains me to say this. But there’s some trouble at “Funny Girl.”

I’m a big fan of Beanie Feldstein, who plays Fanny Brice,

the star role created decades ago by Barbra Streisand.

But at today’s matinee understudy Julie Benko — said to be quite good

will be playing the part. She also filled in this past Wednesday at the matinee,

and all of last weekend’s three shows.

Benko also subbed for Beanie the first weekend after the show opened.

Ms. Feldstein went to a wedding.

The missed shows are giving Benko a great showcase.