Taking on a role made famous by one of your idols is a pipe dream for most—but for Lea Michele, it’s about to become a reality.
The Glee beauty confirmed plans to bring Funny Girl—the iconic play and film of the same name that earned Barbra Streisand an Oscar—back to the Great White Way with Glee creator Ryan Murphy and told BroadwayWorld.com it’s “something [she] actually wants to do!”
“We are definitely talking about it now. We have the rights,” Lea explained. “We probably won’t have the opportunity to do it for a while, though, because we still have a long time left on Glee…
"When the time is right and I have had the chance to get some good rest for a while after Glee and I feel ready to do it then definitely we will do it.”
As must as we hate to see the show end, we’re already counting down the moments until we can wait online to see Lea take on Funny Girl.
The 27-year-old beauty is no stranger to Broadway. She starred in Les Misérables and Ragtime when she was young, and got her big break in Spring Awakening right before Glee premiered.
Still, we have a feeling that taking on Babs’ iconic role will be extra special for Lea.
— Lea Michele (@LeaMichele) November 22, 2013
She’s never been shy about how Barbra inspired her, not only in her professional career in Hollywood, but also in her personal life.
Lea has recounted a story about how she wasn’t confident in her appearance when she was young, but her mom would reassure her “Barbra Streisand didn’t get a nose job and neither did you.”
After meeting Barbra at the 2011 Grammy Awards, Lea tweeted her excitement, writing “Mrs. Barbra Streisand came up to me. I can barely breathe. She was so wonderful, kind and beyond nice. I can’t believe I just met my idol. I feel so blessed and thankful right now…”
The brunette beauty even managed to pay tribute to her hero in the latest episode of Glee, by recreating Babs’ iconic Oscars look!
“Well, they had a lot of really great dress options – as they usually do – and I was like, ‘We need to create that Barbra look!’ And, after that, everyone was a little hesitant, but I really thought we needed to do it in that scene,” Lea gushed to BroadwayWorld.com. “And I have to say, I thought it looked really cute – I thought it came out so great!”