Lea Michele Shares First Look At ‘Funny Girl’ Rehearsals

From Rachel Berry to Fanny Brice.

Lea Michele shared a photo of her singing “Don’t Rain On My Parade” while practicing for her upcoming turn on the Broadway revival of “Funny Girl.”

The “Glee” alum, 35, who is set to replace Beanie Feldstein in the iconic role – which made Barbra Streisand a household name – took to her Instagram Story with the photo Friday.

“The incredible @ephieaardema got a photo today of me singing Don’t Rain On My Parade on a Broadway stage for the first time,” she captioned the photo, tagging her understudy, Ephie Aardema.

“@ephieaardema you are amazing I [love] you!!!” she added.

The image showed Michele dressed in black leggings, a black sweater and choir shoes, the show-stopping Broadway number from the front of the stage, ahead of her September 6 debut.

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Michele’s character in “Glee” played the hit in season one.

Fans of “Glee” will remember her character Rachel Berry sang the song in the show’s first season.

Michele later brought the house down at the Tony Awards in 2010 when she sang the same tune.

While the casting announcement marks a full circle moment for the actress, it hasn’t been without controversy.

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The Broadway vet has her return to the Great White Way on September 6.
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Feldstein shocked the Broadway community when she announced her early departure from the show on social media last month.

“When the production decided to steer the show in a different direction, I made the extremely difficult decision to stop earlier than expected,” she wrote cryptically.

Fellow “Glee” alum Jane Lynch then announced her early departure from the production, but insisted it “had nothing to do with” the casting of her former co-star.

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Michele’s casting has been shrouded in controversy following the shocking departure of Beanie Feldstein.
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“I’m on vacation on August 14, and after that I only had five shows left and it’s a six-hour flight, so I thought, ‘Let’s end it now,'” explained Lynch, 62, earlier this month. to Playbill.

Although Michele is best known for her work on the small screen, she is also a Broadway veteran who made her stage debut at age 8 as Young Cosette in “Les Misérables”.

She later appeared in productions of “Ragtime” and “Fiddler on the Roof” before playing the part of Wendla Bergmann in “Spring Awakening”.

She came under fire in 2020 when “Glee” co-star Samantha Marie Ware accused her of racist behavior on set.

She apologized at the time, writing in part on Instagram, “I have clearly acted in ways that have hurt other people.”

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