GLEE's Lea Michele Reveals 'I Would Love to Go Back to Broadway'!
In a new interview with Organic Spa Magazine, Glee star Lea Michele opened up about her desire to return to the Broadway stage. "I absolutely loved working on Broadway and living in New York. I definitely miss it sometimes. But right now I'm loving working on Glee and living in LA," she tells the Magazine. "I can't believe I'm saying this, but I've sort of become a California girl! I would love to go back to Broadway at some point though and do either a musical or play."
The actress shared that her career has been influenced by many of her peers, as well as some of Hollywood's most iconic stars. "Professionally, there are so many people I look up to. I believe personal and professional role models are very important and always keep you inspired," she says, adding, "I love Barbra [Streisand]! I also love Jennifer Lawrence. I think she's an amazing actress and a very strong and outspoken women. Those are the kind of women who I admire so much."
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Michele debuted on Broadway in 1995 as a replacement for the role of Young Cosette in the original New York production of LES MISERABLES. Following her theatrical debut in LES MISERABLES, Michele was cast in the role of Tateh's daughter, the Little Girl, in the 1998 original Broadway cast of Ragtime and in 2004, Michele portrayed "Shprintze" and "Chava" in the Broadway revival of the musical Fiddler on the Roof.
Michele originated the role of Wendla in Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's musical version of Spring Awakening on Broadway in 2006. Michele was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance in Spring Awakening in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Musical.
In early 2009, Michele won the role of Rachel Berry on the FOX television SMASH hit, Glee (2009) and since the show's premiere on May 19, 2009, Michele has since received worldwide critical and public acclaim for her performance on the show.