Let the rumor mill begin to churn! Could Glee star Lea Michele be making a return to the broadway stage at some point in the near future? It’s a definite possibility.
Michele, who is a self-proclaimed Streisand worshiper, is no stranger to covering her idol’s songs on Fox’s smash hit musical dramedy Glee, currently in the middle of its fifth season.
Michele’s character on Glee, the overly ambitious Rachel Berry, is currently in the midst of rehearsing for a Broadway revival of Funny Girl that she has been cast in. Michele has covered numerous songs from Funny Girl on Glee such as “My Man”, “Don’t Rain on my Parade” (twice), “You Are Woman, I am Man” and has gone on record saying that Funny Girl is her favorite movie of all time.
So therefore, it’s not too much of a stretch to think (and hope!) that we might soon have a case of life imitating art. Back in 2011, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy, had this to say about the prospect of a real-life Funny Girl revival:
I keep saying that with the new Funny Girl revival, they should just say it’s Rachel Berry in Funny Girl – get Lea to do that, but as Rachel Berry… It would be a crowd-pleaser.
It’s pretty much a known fact that everything Ryan Murphy touches turns to gold (Nip Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story, need I say more!?) and this would not be an exception!
In the current issue of Teen Vogue (on newsstands now), Lea Michele was interviewed by her best friend and frequent co-star Jonathan Groff (currently headlining HBO’s new series Looking), and he asked her about her plans post-Glee. Michele offered this statement:
I want to do movies. I have some exciting things coming up! And I would also love to go back to Broadway. Ryan Murphy just bought the rights to Funny Girl, so we’re hoping to do that at some point!
Murphy’s in. Michele’s in. It sounds like we might have ourselves a show! Of course, nothing is officially confirmed and there’s not even a tentative date. But you can be sure that if Lea Michele is going to be belting out “Don’t Rain On My Parade” on a Broadway stage sometime in the near future, you won’t want to miss it — it would be just Glee-ful (sorry, I had to)!
In the meantime, you can catch Lea Michele playing Fanny Brice on Glee on it’s new night and time, Tuesdays at 8:00pm EST on FOX beginning February 25, 2014.
Glee will continue through its sixth season on Fox before ending its run. It should be noted that the show has not been officially cancelled after season six, but Ryan Murphy and Fox Executive Kevin Reilly have said that it will likely be its last. Glee will air its landmark 100th episode on March 18, 2014 before the show’s focus shifts solely to the characters based in New York City for the rest of the series’ run.