Jesse Mueller should play Barbra Streisand...

Michael Bennett
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Based on the 2012 Biography "Hello Gorgeous" which covers Streisand's early career in NYC. Seriously. She'd be perfect…




Hello Gorgeous
Updated On: 6/10/14 at 09:52 PM
dreaming
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Lea Michele will probably get it...
Gothampc
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Why do you think Lea Michele should give up that role?
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dreaming
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I said I thought she'd GET it.
Gothampc
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^^dreaming, we posted at the same time. My comment wasn't to you but to the original comment.
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Michael Bennett
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Lea Michele apparently already turned it down. And she is smart to do so. Particularly if she does indeed plan to do FUNNY GIRL on Broadway. They need an unknown. And Mueller is unknown to TV so I say its a great fit!

Lea Michele won't be playing Streisand in TV film
Updated On: 6/9/14 at 09:58 PM
dreaming
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Oops, sorry.

MB-Wow. I can't believe Lea turned it down-she seems to have carved out a career of trying to be Barbra.
JRRTolken
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Gothampc
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Anne Hathaway IS Barbra Streisand (can't get an EGOT unless you do tv).
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JRRTolken
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Lea is not that good an actress. Jessie is a really great actress who is young and should be famous
Michael Bennett
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Anne Hathaway already has an Emmy so we don't ned to ruin this biopic by having her star in it.
Jordan Catalano
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Of you don't dream cast non white people playing the part, you're a racist.
Michael Bennett
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Jesse is an honorary Indian for her work in Drood. She has the non traditional racist casting vote too.
jimmycurry01
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When watching last night I though Jesse would be a way more interesting Fanny than Lea.
CarlosAlberto
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If you read the linked article about Lea Michele turning down the role you will find that the ONLY reason she turned the role is NOT because she didn't want to play it, but because she did not want to do it as a television movie. If it would have been a major motion picture she would have jumped at the chance.
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Wow, just when you think you can't dislike someone more.....sheesh.
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Lea Michele - cannot act her way out of her paper bag. Her sing acting is something out of a cartoon.
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Mr. Nowack
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I think she would be really great. She could do the "kooky" side of Barbra very well (something Lea likely would never have been able to do convincingly). And the other sides too, of course.
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Playbilly
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I don't think of Streisand as "Kooky". Done kooky early roles. Has she lived a life worth making a movie about? Unless it's a hatchet job?
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GavestonPS
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When watching last night I thought Jesse would be a way more interesting Fanny than Lea.

My thought exactly. And Sunday night was the first time I had seen or heard Miss Mueller.
Mr. Nowack
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I don't think of Streisand as "Kooky". Done kooky early roles.

I was under the impression that the TV movie would be about only her early (Pre-FUNNY GIRL) career. I do agree she's lost most of her kookiness, or at least doesn't show it anymore.
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pinoyidol2006
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I wonder if Jesse capture the essence of Barbra's voice. I feel like she's gonna be typecast as the actress who does voices. Perhaps she can replace Audra in Lady Day.
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CurtainPullDowner
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I like Jesse a lot, but what did she do Sunday night that made anyone believe she was "kooky"? That tiny scene?
promisespromises2
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I'd love to see Jesse take on that role.

Lea Michelle just seems way too immature to me to be playing Barbra (even Barbra at Lea's age right now). I always felt like Barbra was an old soul and I just do not see that in Lea.

Michael Bennett
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The biography that's the basis for the bio pic covers only five years -- basically from Streisand's earliest days in New York City up to the opening of FUNNY GIRL. Though it can be argued that on an over-view, Streisand hasn't had a hugely interesting life (in terms of the kinds of drama you are looking for in a film) the five years covered in this biography are fascinating as they chronicle an almost meteoric rise in popularity and fame from complete obscurity.

Among other things covered are the 'invention' of the Streisand persona - including the 'kook' character which was all rather manufactured.

I think anyone who has seen interviews with Mueller can attest to her rather off beat personality. Of all the young performers today I think she's the closest to the essence of early Streisand (sort of how Barbra was close to the 'essence' of Fanny Brice without being an imitation.) And I think there is enough of a resemblance that it could be made to be plausible as well...






Updated On: 6/10/14 at 06:46 PM
Jay Lerner-Z
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I don't blame Lea Michele for turning it down. These two producers have no track record to speak of, and no deal with any network - so why would she consider it?

We went to Lea Michele first, because it’s such an obvious and commercial choice to us.

Also, if they approach the whole project with this line of thinking, it's likely to be dreadful in any case. If I were on Jessie's team, I would advise her to steer clear too. Not that it's ever going to happen.

I do think she would be great, though. They would be lucky to have her.





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Updated On: 6/10/14 at 07:09 PM

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