Lea Michele’s ‘Funny Girl’ Opening Night Got Seven Standing Ovations

Before watching Lea Michele's first performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl on Broadway, my old, naive self failed to expand. Get ready for me, love,

'cause I'm a 'comer,'" she yelled from downstage centre, where she delivered the finale of "Don't Rain on My Parade" with such barn-

burning ferocity that a standing ovation was required before the song was through. This would be the fourth of seven standing ovations during the rest of the evening

occurring mere seconds after the concert was halted by wild applause following her "one shot, one gun shot, and bam!" line. She looked into the light until the crowd's

reaction died down enough for her to sing the bridge. If you've seen Glee, you've already witnessed Lea Michele perform this song with fervour. On this opening night, however

when she replaced Beanie Feldstein in the role made famous by Barbra Streisand, that song and the other standards she played were rousing in a very different way,

especially considering the news stories that came before she sang them. Inside the Controversy Over Lea Michele Replacing Beanie Feldstein in "Funny Girl" on Broadway

Michele's Spring Awakening co-stars were in the audience for her first Funny Girl performance, which was a workout. Super fans and "woo ladies"

were generous with their shrieks and whoops throughout the night, as was the man in the front who raised his arms in the air and "raised the roof"