Lea Michele took his dream role as Fanny Brice in Broadway’s “Funny Girl” this year, and on Thanksgiving Day, she performed the show in New York’s Herald Square. Michele and some of her co-stars kicked off the TV Thanksgiving Day Parade with a performance of “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” the musical’s signature hit song.
The parade often features several Broadway numbers, performed in Herald Square where the parade ends. This year’s parade featured routines from “Some Like It Hot”, “The Lion King” and others. The Rockettes and several featured marching bands from across the country also performed.
Jimmy Fallon, the Roots, Gloria Estefan and Dionne Warwick were also on parade floats.
Ahead of the performance, Michele shared a video to her Instagram Stories at 5:30 a.m. as she got ready in her Broadway dressing room. She continued to film her trip to Herald Square. She even shared a TikTok dance to Taylor Swift’s “Bejeweled” to mark the occasion.
Michèle has always been enthusiastic about the role of Fanny Brice. In “Glee,” a musical TV show about a high school Glee Club, Michele’s character Rachel Berry lands the role on Broadway.
Life ended up imitating art and Michele landed the role earlier this year, replacing Beanie Feldstein. She received several standing ovations in her first week of September.
In an interview with Broadway.com, Michele agreed that it was very “meta” that she and the character she played for six years on “Glee” starred as Fanny Brice.
After getting the role, Michele 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.
Michele is no stranger to Broadway. She appeared in “Les Miserables” as a young Cosette in 1995, when she was only eight years old. She’s also known for her role in ‘Spring Awakening’ – she was part of the original cast in 2006.
Caitlin O’Kane is a digital content producer who covers trending stories for CBS News and its good news brand, The Uplift.
. Lea Michele opens parade Thanksgiving York with performance Funny Girl