GLEE star Lea Michele has caught the attention of New York theatre bosses as they search for a star to follow in the footsteps of Barbra Streisand for a Broadway revival of hit musical FUNNY GIRL.
Streisand took the part of Fanny Brice in the hit 1964 stage show, which ran for three years and earned eight Tony nominations. The singer/actress went on to win an Academy Award for the role in the 1968 film adaptation.
Producer Bob Boyett is planning to bring the story back to the New York stage in 2012 but is struggling to cast Streisand's replacement - and Michele, who previously starred on Broadway in Spring Awakening, is high on his list of contenders.
He tells the New York Times, "I think Lea is wonderful, she's great, and she would certainly be on anybody's list. She's also got a pretty good gig going now (on Glee)."
But Boyett admits Michele will face stiff competition - as Hollywood's leading ladies and unknown hopefuls vie for the coveted role.
He adds, "There have been a few Hollywood types who have expressed interest but we're also open to going with an unknown actress... We're very open to new talent."