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Lea Michele looks happy and healthy as she steps out in NYC

Lea Michele looks happy and healthy as she steps out in NYC after returning to Broadway’s Funny Girl following COVID-19 recovery

Lea Michele looked happy and healthy as she stepped out in New York City on Saturday morning.

The Glee alum, 36, returned to work this week as Fanny Brice in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl after a positive COVID-19 test forced her to temporarily step away from the production.

Michele strolled down the city sidewalk in a cozy black turtleneck top and a pair of distressed jeans.

Back in action: Lea Michele looked happy and healthy as she stepped out in New York City on Saturday morning

The mother-of-one threw on a pair of black ballet flats and toted her belongings in a beige purse.

Her dark brunette hair was worn in a sleek bun and she appeared to be wearing little to no makeup.

She was joined by a male friend who walked several steps in front of her during the casual morning outing.

Though she’s back in action, Michele shocked fans when she revealed on September 10 that she’d contracted coronavirus just days after making her Broadway debut. 

Pep in her step: Michele strolled down the city sidewalk in a cozy black turtleneck top and a pair of distressed jeans

Pep in her step: Michele strolled down the city sidewalk in a cozy black turtleneck top and a pair of distressed jeans

She was tested after experiencing ‘early signs and symptoms’ of COVID-19, which came back positive following an inconclusive test.

Michele confirmed the news via her Instagram Story, adding that ‘production protocols’ will require her to take a temporary absence from Broadway’s Funny Girl.

‘Unfortunately, I have officially tested positive for COVID. In following production protocols, I cannot return to the theater for 10 days,’ began the singer.

She went on to explain that the musical’s cast and crew have been dealing with a COVID-19 crisis behind-the-scenes which has led to substantial absences in recent weeks.

Shocking: Though she's back in action, Michele shocked fans when she revealed on September 10 that she'd contracted coronavirus just days after making her Broadway debut; Michele seen in June

Shocking: Though she’s back in action, Michele shocked fans when she revealed on September 10 that she’d contracted coronavirus just days after making her Broadway debut; Michele seen in June 

‘Thankfully staying home today and catching this early protected so many members of our company from being exposed. Funny Girl has been and still is tackling a tremendous wave of COVID with close to a dozen company members currently out,’ she wrote.

‘We are almost on the other side of this and our swings and understudies are doing such an incredible job to keep our show on its feet.’ 

Michele also took a moment to gush over nabbing her ‘dream role’ of Fanny Brice and how she’s looking forward to returning to the stage.

‘This week has been a dream come true and I cannot wait to get back — You better get ready. See you soon,’ concluded Michele, followed by a red heart emoji. 

Confirmed: Michele confirmed the news via her Instagram Story, adding that 'production protocols' will require her to take a temporary absence from Broadway's Funny Girl. 'Unfortunately, I have officially tested positive for COVID. In following production protocols, I cannot return to the theater for 10 days,' began the singer

Confirmed: Michele confirmed the news via her Instagram Story, adding that ‘production protocols’ will require her to take a temporary absence from Broadway’s Funny Girl. ‘Unfortunately, I have officially tested positive for COVID. In following production protocols, I cannot return to the theater for 10 days,’ began the singer

Debut: Michele made her debut as Fanny Brice, after taking over the role from Beanie Feldstein, on Wednesday, September 7. She received a rapturous reception at Manhattan's August Wilson Theatre

Debut: Michele made her debut as Fanny Brice, after taking over the role from Beanie Feldstein, on Wednesday, September 7. She received a rapturous reception at Manhattan’s August Wilson Theatre 

Michele made her debut as Fanny Brice, after taking over the role from Beanie Feldstein, on Wednesday, September 7. She received a rapturous reception at Manhattan’s August Wilson Theatre.

Following the performance, PEOPLE published an interview with Lea in which she delved into the emotional circumstances under which she learned that she had gotten the role of her lifetime.

‘Funny story: I got the call from my agents that I got the part. I had no idea. I was literally sitting out at Bubby’s with my child [two-year-old son Ever], feeding him buttered pasta and broccoli. And I get a call from my agents, and they said, ‘You are going to be Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.’

‘And as I looked up, I start hysterically crying, and I’m like, oh my God,’ she gushed.

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