Lea Michele took center stage at the 2023 Tony Awards.
She performed the iconic song “Don’t Rain on My Parade” Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Broadway-honoring awards show on Sunday.
As Michele belted out the number first made Barbra Streisand with the help her fellow cast members – began working September when she took Beanie Feldstein’s lead role, joined by several cast members.
In the wake performance, Michele smiled extended her arms to the cheering audience, before making her way backstage and embracing Ariana DeBose.
A musical comedy about a girl dreams of on stage told able to, Michele plays Fanny Brice. Aside from “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” the musical also features the hit songs “I’m the Greatest Star” and “People.”
she originally signed Funny Girl until June, but decided to stay on until September due to the fact that she was “having the time of life”. Ryan Seacrest Kelly Ripa said, “I didn’t know how it will feel or be for us as a family and being back in New York.” However, I am experiencing an incredible time and the cast is amazing, and it has been an amazing experience.”
As Michele told PEOPLE last year, “We’re going to see it until the end,” with fellow cast members Tovah Feldshuh, Ramin Karimloo, Jared Grimes. Last year, she talked to PEOPLE about the moment when she learned she would play Fanny. Bubby’s I realized I had been cast. “I was sitting outside with my child, eating buttered pasta and broccoli. When they called me, they said, “You’re going to be Fanny Brice in Funny Girl,” she said.
As I looked up, I started crying and was like, ‘Oh my God,'” she explained. Michele’s performance isn’t the first time she has sung “Don’t Rain on My Parade” at the Tony Awards.
In 2012, while she was still starring as Rachel Berry on Glee, the actress performed the song during the broadcast, following embraced by her Glee costar and fellow Broadway star Matthew Morrison before they bowed to the applauding crowd.
Streisand, 81, has a special place in Michele’s heart as well, and her Rachel character on Glee, which ran from 2009 to 2015, even performs the song “Don’t Rain on My Parade” during its first season.