Lea Michele Opens New York’s Thanksgiving Day Parade With “Funny Girl” Performance

Lea Michele takes over her dream role as Fanny Brice in Broadway’s “Funny Girl” this year, and on Thanksgiving she brought the show to New York City’s Herald Square. Mitchell and some of her co-stars made the televised Thanksgiving Day Parade debut with a performance of the iconic hit song “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from the musical.

The parade often features several Broadway numbers performed in Herald Square, where the parade ends. This year’s parade included routines from “Some Like It Hot,” “The Lion King” and others. The Rockettes and several select marching bands from across the country also performed.

Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Gloria Estefan and Dionne Warwick were also among the floats in the parade.

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Lea Michele and the cast of Funny Girl rehearse during the first day of New York’s Thanksgiving Day Parade rehearsals in Herald Square on November 21, 2022 in New York City.

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Prior to the performance, Michelle shared a video on her Instagram stories at 5:30 a.m. as she was getting ready in her Broadway dressing room. She continued filming her visit to Herald Square. She also shared a TikTok dance to Taylor Swift’s “Bejeweled” to mark the occasion.

Michelle has always been excited about taking on the role of Fanny Brice. Mitchell’s character, Rachel Berry, plays on Broadway on “Glee,” a musical television show about a high school glee club.

life eventually imitated art and Mitchell took on the role earlier this year, replacing Beanie Feldstein. He received several standing ovations during his first week in September.

In an interview with, Michele agreed that it was very “meta” that she and the character she played on “Glee” for six years starred as Fanny Brice.

After getting the role, Michele shared two photos — one of herself and one as Rachel Berry — outside the theater under the “Funny Girl” marquee. “A dream come true,” she wrote on Instagram.

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Lea Michele takes her first curtain call as Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” on Broadway at The August Wilson Theater on September 6, 2022 in New York City.

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Michele is no stranger to Broadway. She appeared as young Cosette in “Les Miserables” in 1995 when she was just eight years old. She is also known for her role in “Spring Awakening” – she was part of the original cast in 2006.

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