Lea Michele to Star in Funny Girl After Beanie Feldstein Exit

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Michele has appeared in many Broadway productions, including  Les MisérablesRagtimeFiddler on the Roof and Spring Awakening. While on Glee, she also sang several songs from Funny Girl,And her character, Rachel Berry, even auditioned for and eventually landed the part of Fanny.

And during a 2017 episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, Michele expressed her interest in playing the part in real life (Glee creator Ryan Murphy, who held the Funny Girl Rights at one point, spoke Entertainment WeeklyIn 2014, he spoke out about his ambitions to bring the show to Broadway with Michele as the lead.

“We were thinking of doing it right after Glee, but I did a lot of the songs from Funny Girl on Glee so it felt like a little soon,”Michele was the headline-grabbing figure in 2020 because of her alleged onset behavior. The FoxSeries, told Andy CohenAt the time. “But I feel really ready to do it now. So maybe we can do it soon.”