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What?! Lea Michele's NOT Starring In Funny Girl On Broadway??? Blasphemy!!!

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It's just one devastating blow after another with this girl! She's breaking our hearts left and right! If we didn't love you so damn much Lea Michele, we swear….

Okay, okay. Let's focus here. Thing is, we were utterly elated to learn earlier this year that a revival of Funny Girl was to be back on Broadway by 2012. The musical that made Barbra Streisand a star legend has always been a personal favorite of ours and it has been thrilling to see a new generation of kids learn to love it as well through Glee and Lea's powerhouse performances of some of the show's iconic songs. Naturally, since she basically put the show back on everyone's radar, we assumed she was the ONLY choice to breathe new life into Fanny Brice on the stage.

But alas, it's not happening. As we understand it, Lea will NOT be taking on the lead in the revival. We have to assume her schedule with Glee just couldn't allow it. (Though somehow Darren Criss is managing a stint on Broadway in January. Just saying!)

So then, if Princess Lea won't insist upon rain leaving the vicinity of her parade, who shall? The buzz is that Lauren Ambrose of Six Feet Under and Torchwood fame is being groomed for the role. Rumor has it that negotiations are underway, but her rep wouldn't confirm or deny anything.

Here's the bottom line:

If in January, when this thing goes into previews at the Ahmanson Theatre and we're sitting third row center, if we're not in TEARS over Fanny running like a madwoman to reach Nicky Arnstein, there will be hell to pay, Lea or no Lea!!!

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20 comments to “What?! Lea Michele's NOT Starring In Funny Girl On Broadway??? Blasphemy!!!”



  1. 1

    Oh please. Lea Michelle isn't the only capable actor/singer on the planet.



  2. 2

    I don't think Ms. Streisand wants to be upstaged my Lea. She does it better.



  3. 3

    Because Lea is a horseface, big mouth nerd. Her parents must be in the business for her to get roles with that hideous face.



  4. 4

    Leah Michelle looks 40, and she's ugly as hell. Poor Rabecca Black looks just like her too.



  5. 5

    buuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lea hv the potetion 4 that i cnt believe , the other girl i dont thing cn make it , on brodway show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  6. 6

    Re: hoochpit – lol! Agreed



  7. 7

    I think she's being smart, she's too associated with Barbra, she needs to do her own thing, have her own carrer.



  8. 8

    i dont understand why perez said lea keeps breaking our hearts… she is so amazing
    im sure they thought of her but she is busy and @incorrigible has a point… but she would be the greatest fanny bryce…



  9. 9

    i think its worth mentioning that Darren is going into an already established show. He'll have 2 or 3 weeks learning the role and then going straight into performance. Whereas with the revival of Funny Girl, the show will have months of rehearsal to get the whole cast ready, all the costumes and fitted, the set designed and made, the choreography sorted and learnt etc with the original cast. If Lea is filming Glee there is no way that she'd be able to get 4months off to prepare for broadway, whereas Darren will learn his part in How To Succeed in December a few weeks before his debut…



  10. 10

    I love Lea



  11. 11

    Noooo I want Lea Michele on this movie!!!!! :´( she is perfect for it.



  12. 12

    Re: MayLyn9 – It isn;t a movie it is a b-way revival.



  13. 13

    I was reported weeks ago that the producers talked to Lea and that she couldn't do it becasue of her glee contract.



  14. 14

    Re: hoochpit – god you are an idiot.



  15. 15

    I don't think Lea is an obvious choice for this. So what if she sings a ton of Barbra songs on Glee? Barbra is a legend, there are MANY people out there who love her music and would probably jump at the chance to star in something like this. I love the music from Funny Girl and although I've never seen the show, the movie is one of my favorites. That being said it will be trying to redo this show as I really feel no one can surpass Barbra's interpretation. I hope they can make it their own and try not to copy her.



  16. 16

    Re: thereal_deb – stop you are being logical. Perez doesn't do research or is he logical.



  17. 17

    Re: MMSEllen – um he didn't say that.



  18. 18

    Lauren Ambrose is awesome, but I would never have pictured her in that role. Is she a singer?



  19. 19

    Hmmm….She would have been perfect.



  20. 20

    Re: mcbjay – Took the words from my mouth