Good news, “Funny Girl” fans.
Fanny Brice herself, Lea Michele, announced Wednesday that the current Broadway production of the hit musical is getting a cast album — 58 years after the release of the original “Funny Girl” cast album featuring Barbra Streisand.
According to NBC’s “Today” show, the digital version of the record arrived Friday, while CD copies will hit shelves Jan. 2.
“We have a little bit of a secret that we wanted to let you all in on,” Michele told the audience during a curtain call Wednesday night at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City.
“We are going to be releasing our original cast Broadway album for ‘Funny Girl.’ … Everyone here is working so incredibly hard every single night. We’ve also worked so hard in the studio to make such an incredible album that I’ve heard. And as the biggest ‘Funny Girl’ fan my whole life, I’m so proud of it.”
A video preview of the album sees Michele passionately belt the show-stopping number “Don’t Rain on My Parade” in the recording studio. The actor and singer famously performed that song as Rachel Berry on “Glee” years before she received standing ovations for her turn as Fanny Brice on Broadway. Coincidentally (or not), Rachel Berry also played Fanny in a fictional Broadway revival of “Funny Girl” on the TV series.
In July, Michele was tapped to replace Beanie Feldstein as the legendary Jewish vaudeville star. Since launching her “Funny Girl” run in September, Michele has drawn rave reviews for her “tour de force” debut.