'Bluey,' 'Funny Girl' set for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
NEW YORK — (AP) — The debut of a giant "Bluey" balloon, Lea Michele and the Broadway cast of "Funny Girl" and the legendary Dionne Warwick are some of the highlights slated for this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In addition to “Funny Girl,” Broadway will be represented by the casts of “A Beautiful Noise,” “Some Like It Hot," ”The Lion King," which is celebrating its 25th year on Broadway. This will be Warwick’s third parade; she also appeared in 1967 and 1984. The Macy’s parade has been a traditional holiday season kickoff and spectators often line up a half-dozen deep along the route to cheer the marchers, floats, entertainers and marching bands. Marching bands this year will represent South Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, California, New York, South Dakota, Florida, Missouri, Texas and Veracruz, Mexico.wftv.com
COVID-19: Lea Michele cancels ‘Funny Girl’ performances after testing positive
Lea Michele was forced to miss several performances of “Funny Girl” on Broadway after she tested positive for COVID-19. >> Read more trending newsThe “Glee” actress, 36, was forced to miss Saturday’s matinee and evening performances at New York City’s August Wilson Theatre, Deadline reported. Michele, a New York native, took over the lead role of Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” on Tuesday, according to the website. Benko, who stars as Fanny Brice on Thursdays, will return to the role until Michele returns, according to The Associated Press. 'Funny Girl' star Lea Michele has announced she will miss Saturday's performances of the Broadway musical due to 'early signs and symptoms of COVID' and 'an inconclusive test result.'wftv.com
Virus forces Lea Michele off Broadway stage in 'Funny Girl'
Fans of Lea Michele hoping to finally see her singing and dancing in “Funny Girl” on Broadway will have to be patient. Julie Benko, who had been slated to play Fanny on Thursdays in the revival, will be performing the role now until Michele is back. Michele took over from Beanie Feldstein and said the role was a lifetime goal. Starting in July, vaccine requirements for Broadway audience members were lifted and theatergoers had the option to wear a mask in all 41 of New York’s Broadway theaters. One production, “The Kite Runner,” pushed back, asking audiences at Wednesday matinees and Friday night to mask up.wftv.com
You can't rain on Lea Michele's parade at 'Funny Girl'
NEW YORK — (AP) — Lea Michele was 21 when she first saw “Funny Girl.” She was starring on Broadway in “Spring Awakening,” but all was not well in her personal life. Michele would go on to star in "Glee," where she would sing songs from "Funny Girl" and also serenaded Streisand at a tribute with a "Funny Girl" song. It’s what I’ve been through in my life,” said Michele, citing marriage and motherhood as deepening her approach. Broadway veteran Ramin Karimloo, who plays Brice’s love interest in “Funny Girl,” worked with Feldstein and said Michele brings a different Fanny to the show — not better, just different. “There’s a new injection of life and a different life coming in.wftv.com
Lea Michele to replace Beanie Feldstein as Broadway’s ‘Funny Girl’
Lea Michele to replace Beanie Feldstein as Broadway's 'Funny Girl' Lea Michele arrives at the 75th annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)NEW YORK — Broadway will soon have a new “Funny Girl.”>> Read more trending newsAccording to The Associated Press, former “Glee” star Lea Michele will play the role of Fanny Brice in the show’s Broadway revival beginning this fall, the production announced Monday. “I’m so incredibly honored to join this amazing cast and production and return to the stage playing Fanny Brice on Broadway. See you September 6th.”On Sunday, Beanie Feldstein, who currently plays Brice, announced she would be leaving the show at the end of the month. She also was the original Wendla in the Broadway production of “Spring Awakening,” according to the news outlet.wftv.com
At 'Funny Girl,' Lea Michele is in, Beanie Feldstein is out
Theater-Lea Michele-Beanie Feldstein Lea Michele appears at the 75th annual Tony Awards in New York on June 12, 2022, left, and Beanie Feldstein appears at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 19, 2021. Lea Michele has been tapped to step in and lead the Broadway revival of the beleaguered “Funny Girl” this fall, an announcement made just hours after current star Beanie Feldstein revealed she was leaving the show sooner than anticipated due to the show taking a “different direction. In an extraordinary step, Feldstein took to social media Sunday to say that while playing the heroine of "Funny Girl" was a "lifelong dream," she could no longer continue due to choices by producers and would leave early, on July 31. Her Instagram post was notably liked by Broadway veteran Ramin Karimloo, who plays Brice's love interest in “Funny Girl” and is staying on. “Funny Girl” is a musical that celebrates the oddballs, the kooky and the misfits.wftv.com
Lea Michele will replace Beanie Feldstein in Broadway's 'Funny Girl' after Feldstein says the production 'decided to take the show in a different direction'
Lea Michele will take over as Fanny Brice in "Funny Girl" — the role famously played by the legendary Barbra Streisand — starting on September 6.news.yahoo.com
Actress Naya Rivera, who rose to fame in 'Glee,' dies at 33
NEW YORK Naya Rivera, a singer and actress who played a gay cheerleader on the hit TV musical comedy Glee, was found dead Monday in a Southern California lake. What a force you were, wrote Glee co-star Jane Lynch on Twitter. She is survived by her parents, Yolanda and George; a younger brother, Mychal; a sister, Nickayla; and her 4-year-old son. Naya Rivera was a fierce talent with so much more to do and this is such a terrible tragedy. In the preface to her autobiography, Rivera wrote that motherhood had changed her life and given it perspective.
Lea Michele apologizes for being 'difficult' on 'Glee' set
FILE - This April 30, 2019 file photo shows actress Lea Michele at The Hollywood Reporter's Empowerment in Entertainment Gala in Los Angeles. Michele has apologized for being unnecessarily difficult on the set of the musical TV show "Glee" after a black co-star accused Michele of making her time there a living hell. She issued a statement saying that while she didn't recall any incident or judged anyone by their skin color, she was sorry and blamed immaturity. The apology came two days after former co-star Samantha Marie Ware accused Michele of traumatic microaggressions that made me question a career in Hollywood. Michele is white and Ware is black. Michele tweeted her support of Black Lives Matter movement and said police violence on black people must end.
'Tis the season: Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lights up
One of the brightest signs of the holiday season has come to light. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was officially turned on Wednesday night, at an event featuring celebrities including Idina Menzel, Lea Michele and Ne-Yo among the performers.chicagotribune.com