Lea Michele belts I’m The Greatest Star in behind-the-scenes Funny Girl footage

Lea Michele belts I’m The Greatest Star with rehearsal piano as she dazzles in behind-the-scenes footage from her upcoming run in Funny Girl

Lea Michele showed off her vocal chops in an evocative behind-the-scenes montage from her Funny Girl rehearsals.

The current Broadway revival of Funny Girl opened this April with Beanie Feldstein, who received a rash of stinging reviews and has been replaced by Lea.

Now, ahead of Lea officially entering the show on September 6, the revival’s Twitter has offered a sneak peek of her rendition of I’m The Greatest Star – a song inextricably associated with the show’s original leading lady Barbra Streisand.

'I'll blow my horn 'till someone blows it': Lea Michele showed off her vocal chops in an evocative behind-the-scenes montage from her Funny Girl rehearsals

‘I’ll blow my horn ’till someone blows it’: Lea Michele showed off her vocal chops in an evocative behind-the-scenes montage from her Funny Girl rehearsals

The new video includes an audio recording of Lea singing the bridge of the song accompanied solely by a rehearsal pianist.

Fanny Brice, a real-life vaudeville star and the lead character of the show, sings the song early in the storyline while desperately attempting to land a job as a chorus girl.

An intertitle teases the audience: ‘A STAR RETURNS,’ referring to the fact Funny Girl will be Lea’s first time back on Broadway since the 2006 musical Spring Awakening.

Incidentally Spring Awakening, which made Lea a stage star, was directed by Michael Mayer, who is also at the helm of this Funny Girl revival.

Lea's triumph: The current Broadway revival of Funny Girl opened this April with Beanie Feldstein, who received a rash of stinging reviews and has been replaced by Lea

Lea’s triumph: The current Broadway revival of Funny Girl opened this April with Beanie Feldstein, who received a rash of stinging reviews and has been replaced by Lea

The voice: Now, ahead of Lea officially entering the show on September 6, the revival's Twitter has offered a sneak peek of her rendition of I'm The Greatest Star

The voice: Now, ahead of Lea officially entering the show on September 6, the revival’s Twitter has offered a sneak peek of her rendition of I’m The Greatest Star

Big shoes to fill: The song used in the latest sneak peek is inextricably associated with the show's original leading lady Barbra Streisand

Big shoes to fill: The song used in the latest sneak peek is inextricably associated with the show’s original leading lady Barbra Streisand

Preparation: The new video includes an audio recording of Lea singing the bridge of the song accompanied solely by a rehearsal pianist

Preparation: The new video includes an audio recording of Lea singing the bridge of the song accompanied solely by a rehearsal pianist

Plot details: Fanny Brice, a real-life vaudeville star and the lead character of the show, sings the song early in the storyline while desperately attempting to land a job as a chorus girl

Plot details: Fanny Brice, a real-life vaudeville star and the lead character of the show, sings the song early in the storyline while desperately attempting to land a job as a chorus girl

Back at it: An intertitle teases the audience: 'A STAR RETURNS,' referring to the fact Funny Girl will be Lea's first time back on Broadway since the 2006 musical Spring Awakening

Back at it: An intertitle teases the audience: ‘A STAR RETURNS,’ referring to the fact Funny Girl will be Lea’s first time back on Broadway since the 2006 musical Spring Awakening

Connections: Incidentally Spring Awakening, which made Lea a stage star, was directed by Michael Mayer, who is also at the helm of this Funny Girl revival

Connections: Incidentally Spring Awakening, which made Lea a stage star, was directed by Michael Mayer, who is also at the helm of this Funny Girl revival

The sneak peek includes Lea singing I’m The Greatest Star over several snatches of footage of her rehearsing the musical numbers.

A couple of the clips also include her dashing leading man Ramin Karimloo, who could be seen sweeping her up into his arms.

Ramin, who was the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s flop sequel to The Phantom Of The Opera, is Fanny Brice’s first husband Nicky Arnstein in Funny Girl.

Meanwhile Lea, who sang multiple Funny Girl songs on Glee in the style of Streisand several years ago, is playing Fanny herself.

Ready or not: The sneak peek includes Lea singing I'm The Greatest Star over several snatches of footage of her rehearsing the musical numbers

Ready or not: The sneak peek includes Lea singing I’m The Greatest Star over several snatches of footage of her rehearsing the musical numbers

Sizzling heartthrob: A couple of the clips also include her dashing leading man Ramin Karimloo, who could be seen sweeping her up into his arms

Sizzling heartthrob: A couple of the clips also include her dashing leading man Ramin Karimloo, who could be seen sweeping her up into his arms

Who's who: Ramin, who was the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber's flop sequel to The Phantom Of The Opera, is Fanny Brice's first husband Nicky Arnstein in Funny Girl

Who’s who: Ramin, who was the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s flop sequel to The Phantom Of The Opera, is Fanny Brice’s first husband Nicky Arnstein in Funny Girl

Making it happen: Meanwhile Lea, who sang multiple Funny Girl songs on Glee in the style of Streisand several years ago, is playing Fanny herself

Making it happen: Meanwhile Lea, who sang multiple Funny Girl songs on Glee in the style of Streisand several years ago, is playing Fanny herself

Jared Grimes can be glimpsed in the sneak peek shaking a leg with Lea in the role of Fanny’s pal Eddie Ryan, a dancer she befriends on the way up.

Near the end of her new sneak peek, the intertitles read: ‘HELLO, GORGEOUS. HELLO, LEA,’ repeating an iconic line from the beginning of the show.

Fanny, who has long been dismissed as an ugly duckling, catches a glimpse of herself in a mirror and says with irony: ‘Hello, gorgeous.’

The line became so famous that when Barbra won her Oscar for the film of Funny Girl, she got a massive round of applause for saying: ‘Hello, gorgeous,’ to the trophy.

Who taught her everything?: Jared Grimes can be glimpsed in the sneak peek shaking a leg with Lea in the role of Fanny's pal Eddie Ryan, a dancer she befriends on the way up

Who taught her everything?: Jared Grimes can be glimpsed in the sneak peek shaking a leg with Lea in the role of Fanny’s pal Eddie Ryan, a dancer she befriends on the way up

'HELLO, LEA': Near the end of her new sneak peek, the intertitles read: 'HELLO, GORGEOUS,' repeating an iconic line from the beginning of the show.

‘HELLO, LEA’: Near the end of her new sneak peek, the intertitles read: ‘HELLO, GORGEOUS,’ repeating an iconic line from the beginning of the show.

Memorable: Fanny, who has long been dismissed as an ugly duckling, catches a glimpse of herself in a mirror and says with irony: 'Hello, gorgeous'

Memorable: Fanny, who has long been dismissed as an ugly duckling, catches a glimpse of herself in a mirror and says with irony: ‘Hello, gorgeous’

Rising star: By the end of Lea's new trailer, the full orchestra has joined in with the rehearsal piano as she sings: 'Hey, Mr. Ziegfeld, here I am!'

Rising star: By the end of Lea’s new trailer, the full orchestra has joined in with the rehearsal piano as she sings: ‘Hey, Mr. Ziegfeld, here I am!’

By the end of Lea’s new trailer, the full orchestra has joined in with the rehearsal piano as she sings: ‘Hey, Mr. Ziegfeld, here I am!’

The current revival opened April 24 at the August Wilson with Beanie Feldstein in the lead and Glee star Jane Lynch as Fanny’s mother.

Beanie received a disappointing critical response, including from the New York Times, whose theater reviews used to be able to make or break a show decades ago.

The New York Times review noted that the role was sculpted around Barbra’s abilities and that July Styne composed the music so that ‘only Barbra could sing it.’ 

Emotional moment: Lea could also be seen acting with Tovah Feldshuh, who is stepping into the role of Fanny Brice's mother Rose

Emotional moment: Lea could also be seen acting with Tovah Feldshuh, who is stepping into the role of Fanny Brice’s mother Rose

After the drubbing Beanie got from the critics, it was announced this July that Lea would be replacing her in September. 

Although Beanie was supposed to leave the show to make way for Lea on September 25, she fired up her Instagram in mid-July and shocked her fans by declaring that she would in fact be exiting the show much earlier at the end of that month.

It was claimed that Beanie found out about Lea replacing her from Gawker, and was in such a state at being booted from her ‘dream role’ that she surprised the producers by publicly quitting early.

An inside source dished to The Daily Beast that Beanie, whose older brother is Jonah Hill, was ‘basically fired’ from the show. 

Into the breach: After the drubbing Beanie got from the critics, it was announced this July that Lea would be replacing her in September

Into the breach: After the drubbing Beanie got from the critics, it was announced this July that Lea would be replacing her in September

By the way: Until Lea's takeover in September, Fanny is being played by Julie Benko, who served as Beanie's understudy and earned praise online when she stepped into the part

By the way: Until Lea’s takeover in September, Fanny is being played by Julie Benko, who served as Beanie’s understudy and earned praise online when she stepped into the part

However the producers and a representative for Beanie told People in a joint statement: ‘The producers of Funny Girl were not blindsided by Beanie’s social post.’ 

They continued: ‘The producers decided to take the show in a different direction and end Beanie’s contract on September 25th, 6 months earlier than anticipated. A month after that decision, Beanie decided it was best for her to leave on July 31st. The producers were aware of and in support of her decision.’

The statement concluded: ‘The producers and Beanie worked on this together professionally, respectfully and graciously.’

Until Lea’s takeover in September, Fanny is being played by Julie Benko, who served as Beanie’s understudy and earned praise online when she stepped into the part.

Whoops: Beanie received a disappointing critical response, including from the New York Times , whose theater reviews used to be able to make or break a show decades ago

Whoops: Beanie received a disappointing critical response, including from the New York Times , whose theater reviews used to be able to make or break a show decades ago

Jane has also departed the show early, so her standby Liz McCartney is playing Rose Brice until Tovah Feldshuh takes over the role the same day Lea enters the show.

Funny Girl was originally a passion project for its producer Ray Stark, who was married to the late Fanny Brice’s daughter Frances Arnstein. 

The show presented a fictionalized account of Fanny’s rise to fame in the 1910s and her marriage to Frances’ father, the con man gambler Nicky Arnstein.

For her first Broadway show as a lead Barbra was working with composer Jule Styne, lyricist Bob Merrill, book writer Isobel Lennart and director Garson Kanin.

The music that makes me dance: Barbra is pictured onstage in the original production of Funny Girl - the project that made her a superstar

The music that makes me dance: Barbra is pictured onstage in the original production of Funny Girl – the project that made her a superstar 

She had already been a showstopper in the Broadway show I Can Get It For You Wholesale and cut a few albums but it was Funny Girl that made her a superstar.

The score produced one of her most enduring hits – People – which became the title song of her album that dislodged the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night from number one.

When the show opened on Broadway it became a smash hit and received a rapturous response for her performance which she also took to London.

Barbra played opposite Charlie Chaplin’s son Sydney – with whom she had an affair despite still being married to her first husband Elliott Gould. 

Forever more: Barbra reprised her stage role for the movie, which assembled Old Hollywood stalwarts like director William Wyler and cinematographer Harry Stradling

Forever more: Barbra reprised her stage role for the movie, which assembled Old Hollywood stalwarts like director William Wyler and cinematographer Harry Stradling 

She reprised her role for the movie, which assembled Old Hollywood stalwarts like director William Wyler and cinematographer Harry Stradling. 

Her leading man in the film was Omar Sharif, with whom she also had an affair – and with whom she set off a scandal when a still of one of their staged kisses for the film went public in 1967, the year of the Six-Day War between Egypt and Israel. 

The movie was the top grosser of 1968, with Roger Ebert writing: ‘The trouble with Funny Girl is almost everything except Barbra Streisand. She is magnificent.’ 

Although the movie led to a critically savaged sequel called Funny Lady in 1975, the show had never been revived on the Great White Way before this year.

Stick around for the jokes: The show presented a fictionalized account of Fanny's rise to fame in the 1910s; Fanny is pictured in a publicity still for the Ziegfeld Follies in 1911

Stick around for the jokes: The show presented a fictionalized account of Fanny’s rise to fame in the 1910s; Fanny is pictured in a publicity still for the Ziegfeld Follies in 1911

A Broadway revival was attempted in 2011 with Lauren Ambrose as Fanny but was ultimately scrapped over problems raising money.

However in 2015 and 2016 a London production with Sheridan Smith in the title role did manage to become a runaway success.

The show went from a limited engagement at the Menier Chocolate Factory to a longer run at the Savoy Theatre that was then extended by popular demand.

Sadie, Sadie, married lady: Her leading man in the movie was Omar Sharif, who played Fanny's first husband, the con man gambler Nicky Arnstein

Sadie, Sadie, married lady: Her leading man in the movie was Omar Sharif, who played Fanny’s first husband, the con man gambler Nicky Arnstein

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