At that time, rumors swirled that she could be joining the musical after “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy’s bought the rights to “Funny Girl,” but a source told People she declined “mainly because she thought what was done on ‘Glee’was everything she could have brought to the role.”
“We were thinking of doing it to do it right after ‘Glee’ but I did a lot of the songs from ‘Funny Girl’ on ‘Glee’ so it felt a like little soon, but I feel really ready to do it now, so maybe we could do it soon,” Michele told Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live” in 2017.
Last fall Michele also threw her support behind Feldstein, telling the “Little Me: Growing Up Broadway” podcast, “I just think that Beanie is an incredible choice for the production, and I think it’s going to be so wonderful.”
Fellow “Glee” alum Jane Lynch will also leave her role as Fanny’s mother in “Funny Girl” on Sept. 25. She has yet to be recast.
On Sunday, Michele performed “Touch Me” alongside the original cast of “Spring Awakening” at the 2022 Tony Awards. She has also previously appeared on Broadway in “Les Miserables,” “Ragtime” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”