SINGING VIDEO: Lea Michele and cast of Funny Girl open as they perform and sing 'Don't Rain on my Parade' during 96th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

SINGING VIDEO: Lea Michele and cast of Funny Girl open as they perform and sing 'Don't Rain on my Parade' during 96th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Lea Michele and cast of Funny Girl perform and sing 'Don't Rain on my Parade' during 96th Macy's Thanksgiving day parade.

SHE SANG IT at the Tony’s. She belted it from the Broadway stage. She performed it in Times Square like a month ago. So of course Lea Michele would take to the streets of New York City to open a literal parade with what is apparently her favorite song.

Seen rehearsing last night, Michele — who landed the role of Fanny Brice earlier this year, to the delight of theater kids everywhere — updated the lyrics a little to include a reference announcing herself to Mr. Macy’s. (Even though, as Vulture pointed out, no one has ever been — nor will ever be — named Mr. Macy’s.)

Funny Girl wasn’t the only Broadway show to grace the green carpet outside the Macy’s flagship store — cast members of The Lion King followed Michele’s performance with “The Circle of Life,” as did those from the new musical Some Like It Hot — a fresh take on a somewhat outdated Marilyn Monroe movie — who rolled out the titular song in full flapper glory.

It’s been a journey for Michele to land this role on Broadway. Producers reportedly wanted Lady Gaga for the part, but when that didn’t work out (“they were never gonna give her enough money to star in this production,” one insider previously told Rolling Stone) the show went with Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein. After some brutal reviews, Michele was recast in the lead role, apparently landing her dream job — even if she may not be able to read all the takes about her.

The 96th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was kicked off with Lea Michele and the cast of Broadway’s “Funny Girl.” However, the performance left some viewers unhappy.

“Could really do without Lea Michelle tbh,” one person tweeted.

Michele has had some recent controversies. The announcement of her joining “Funny Girl” was met with some contention after accusations that Michele was abusive to a Black co-star on “Glee,” CNN reported.

There were also rumors that the singer can’t read, which began in 2017 but was brought up again earlier this year, according to NBC. She then addressed that controversy in her first TikTok.

But her performance during the parade was met with mixed reviews.

“Biggest jumpscare seeing lea Michelle on MY Macy’s Day Parade,” one person tweeted.


“Lea Michele opening the #MacysParade with Don’t Rain on My Parade is the greatest idea since cake,” another person tweeted.

As you may have heard, Lea Michele is currently starring in Funny Girl on Broadway. A lot of people have, in fact, heard about this. The drama surrounding Funny Girl this year escaped the tightly knit circles to which replacement-casting-in-musicals debates are usually confined. It became that rare modern phenomenon: a Broadway news story that regular people cared about. 

In case you somehow missed it, the short version is this. Funny Girl, a biomusical about Ziegfeld Follies comedian Fanny Brice, had never been revived on Broadway since its original 1964 production, which helped propel Barbra Streisand to megastardom. For years, people floated the idea of a production headlined by Glee star Lea Michele—which seemed an obvious fit, since she had already performed many of the show’s songs on Glee and elsewhere. But when Funny Girl did return to Broadway last March, it did not star Lea Michele. Instead, Fanny was played by Beanie Feldstein, the comedically gifted young star of the movies Lady Bird and Booksmart.

Alas: Feldstein turned out to be a poor match for her demanding role. The reviews were harsh (including mine), and the production was nearly shut out of the Tony Award nominations; a final curtain seemed imminent. That’s when things got messy. Reports emerged that Funny Girl’s producers had hired Michele to step into the show, and an angry Feldstein departed the production even earlier than planned—along with her costar Jane Lynch, who had costarred with Michele on Glee. The internet exploded accordingly. Michele’s fans gloated that it should have been her all along; detractors raised allegations of supposed past rudeness to other actors. Tongues and fingers wagged.

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