Watch Funny Girl Songs’ Lea Michele Glee Performance

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It’s official: Lea Michele is the new Fanny Brice on Broadway, replacing Beanie Feldstein. Michele will begin performances on September 6, but this isn’t the first time she’s publicly sung Brice’s signature songs.

Michele hasn’t been subtle about her desire to play the funny girl conductand she Joy the character of Rachel Berry starred in a fiction revival of the musical on the series. Through JoyThroughout Rachel’s six seasons, Rachel has performed numbers from the Barbra Streisand musical, including hits like “Don’t Rain on My Parade” (in the famed Season 1 episode) and “I’m the Greatest Star” (in season five’s “Opening Night” episode, about the fictional opening funny girl the comeback).

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Here, see Michele’s top five funny girl shows of Joy.

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“Don’t Rain on My Parade” (Season 1, Episode 13)

It is one of the most iconic Joy performance, and the more than 10 million views on this YouTube alone prove its lasting impact. Rachel (Lea Michele) sings this song two more times during Joyruns, and Santana (Naya Rivera) later performs “Don’t Rain on My Parade” in season five, but this remains the definitive performance.


“My Man” (Season 2, Episode 21)


“You’re a Woman, I’m a Man” (Season 5, Episode 5)

In this issue, Rachel just got a haircut to channel Fanny Brice. She sings this duet with Paolo San Pablo (Ioan Gruffudd), who steps in to play the role of Nick Arnstein. This is probably Michele’s least memorable funny girl songs on Joybut still worth watching.


“People” (season 5, episode 14)

One of Streisand’s most famous songs—People / People who need people / Are the luckiest people in the world– is performed by Rachel as she rehearses for funny girl and a montage of his friends in New York is shown on screen. It definitely shows the power of Michele’s voice and her obvious ability to follow in Streisand’s vocal footsteps.


“I’m the Biggest Star” (Season 5, Episode 17)

The last funny girl song about Joy comes from the opening night of the funny girl renaissance, when Rachel performed “I’m The Greatest Star” on the Broadway stage. She wears an outfit that explicitly channels Streisand’s outfit as Fanny Brice decades earlier.

Funny enough, Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) is in the audience and comments, “Is this supposed to be good?” Lynch would go on to play in the funny girl revival with Feldstein.

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