Lea Michele took overas Fanny Brice in this year’s Broadway production of Funny Girl, and on Thanksgiving she presented the show at New York’s Herald Square. Michelle and some of her colleagues kicked off the televised Thanksgiving Day Parade by singing “Don’t Rain On My Parade”, the iconic song from the musical.
The parade often includes several Broadway numbers performed in Herald Square where the parade ends. This year, the parade featured numbers from Some Like It Hot, The Lion King, and more. The Rockettes and several orchestras from all over the country also performed.
Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Gloria Estefan and Dionne Warwick were also in the parade.
Before the performance, Michelle shared the video to her Instagram stories at 5:30 a.m. as she was getting ready in her Broadway dressing room. She continued filming her journey in Herald Square. She even shared a TikTok dance to Taylor Swift’s “Bejeweled” to mark the occasion.
Michelle has always been in awe of the role of Fanny Brice. On Glee, a musical TV show about the school’s glee club, Michelle’s character, Rachel Berry, gets a role on Broadway.
Life eventually imitated art and, replacing Bini Feldstein. In the first week of September, she received several standing ovations.
In an interview with Broadway.com, Michelle agreed that it was very “meta” that both she and the character she played on Glee for six years were cast as Fanny Brice.
After she landed the part, Michelle shared two photos – one of herself and one as Rachel Berry – outside the theater under the Funny Girl marquee. “A dream come true,” she wrote on Instagram.
Michelle is not new to Broadway. She appeared in Les Misérables as a young Cosette in 1995 when she was only eight years old. She is also known for her role in Spring Awakening – she was part of the original cast in 2006.