Broadway’s ‘Funny Girl’ Revival Gets Cast Album With Lea Michele — And It’s Midnight!

Lea Michele as “Fanny Brice” in “Funny Girl” on Broadway

Bruce Glikas/WireImage Lea Michele in Funny Girl

Lea Michele’s acclaimed turn as Fannie Brice in the Broadway revival Funny girl is largely preserved.

The actress, along with her co-stars, left the stage and entered the studio to record a new album of the legendary music of Jule Styne and Bob Merrill at Sony Masterworks Broadway — Broadway’s first new recording since its original album cast with Barbra. Streisand in 1964.

It arrives digitally shortly after midnight on Friday, the Funny Girl New Broadway Cast Recording will include hits like “People”, “I’m the Greatest Star”, “The Music That Makes Me Dance” and of course, “Don’t Rain on My Parade”.

A physical CD is scheduled for release on January 20, 2023 and is available for pre-order from Friday.

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Michele first revealed his new albums afterwards Funny girlWednesday evening’s performance, telling the audience at the August Wilson Theater how excited she was to hear it.

“We have a little secret we want to let you all in on. We are all so proud to announce that we will be releasing our original album on Broadway,” said Michele, in a speech that was also broadcast on Instagram Live. “Everyone here who works so hard every night has also worked so hard in the studio to make such an incredible album that I’ve heard. And as the greatest Funny girl I’ve admired it all my life, I’m so proud of it. It’s so, so, so great.”

The Today The show later released news of a Friday release date, as well as a First Look video of Michele recording the smash “Don’t Rain on My Parade.”

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Except for Michele, Funny girl Also starring Ramin Karimloo (as Nick Arnstein), Jared Grimes (as Eddie Ryan) and Tovah Feldshuh (as Mrs. Rosie Brice).

Joining them are Peter Francis James (as Florenz Ziegfeld), Ephie Aardema (as Emma/Mrs. Nadler), Debra Cardona (as Mrs. Meeker), Toni DiBuono (as Mrs. Strakosh), Martin Moran (as Tom Keeney), and a cast of cast that includes Miriam Ali, Amber Ardolino, Daniel Beeman, Colin Bradbury, Kurt Csolak, John Michael Fiumara, Leslie Donna Flesner, Afra Hines, Masumi Iwai, Aliah James, Jeremiah James, Danielle Kelsey, Stephen Mark Lukas, Alicia Lundgren, the John Manzari, Liz McCartney, Connor McRory Katie Mitchell, Justin Prescott, Mariah Reives, Barbara Tirrell, Leslie Blake Walker and “Fanny Brice” fill in for Julie Benko, who performs the role every Thursday.

The album was produced by David Caddick and David Lai, and co-produced by Sonia Friedman, Scott Landis, David Babani, Michael Mayer, Brian Gillet, Huck Walton, Sean Keller and Marc Levine.

Lea Michele and the cast of Broadway's Funny Girl perform on Good Morning America in Times Square, New York TV show

Lea Michele and the cast of Broadway’s Funny Girl perform on Good Morning America in Times Square, New York TV show “Good Morning America”, New York, USA – October 07, 2022

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Michele made his debut as Fanny Brice in September after a 13-year absence from the Broadway stage. In particular he received four standing ovations before the end of act 1 and another two in act two.

She was cheered on by an electrifying crowd of friends and fans — from her best friend Jonathan Groff, to their co-stars Spring awakening actors John Gallagher Jr. and Gideon Glick. Drew Barrymore was also in attendance, as were Zachary Quinto, Lee Pace, Tony winner Harvey Fierstein, New York Governor Kathy Hochul and prolific producer Ryan Murphy, who worked with Michele on Joy and Scream Queens.

Before her first performance, the actress told PEOPLE she was thrilled that some of her friends and family supported her in the crowd. “I know John [Groff] and John [Gallagher Jr.] I’ll be there,” he said. “That’s how I have all my people. It’s wonderful.”

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Michele as “Fanny Brice” and Tovah Feldshuh as “Mrs. Brice” make their Broadway debut in “Funny Girl” at The August Wilson Theater on September 6, 2022 in New York City.

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The actress continued by noting that the Spring awakening The group chat was filled with well wishes at the news that she would be joining the revival after original star Beanie Feldstein left in July.

“Everyone is so incredibly supportive,” she said of her Spring awakening cast members “I mean, literally, it’s just a constant support for all of us.”

As for any speculation of behind-the-scenes drama surrounding the casting decision between Michele and Feldstein, Michele insisted to PEOPLE that it is not true. “I saw the show. I wrote her and told her what an incredible job I thought she was doing,” Michele said. “I think everyone thinks it’s all so full of drama. I also think people really love the excitement of putting women together, which I think is really sad and unfortunate.”

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