UPDATE: FOX's official Glee synopsis teases that Rachel's New York ambitions will "take an unexpected turn" in the Season 5 premiere, and that she'll have to adjust to "a new attitude" in Episode 2. Based on a spoiler clip from the Season 5 premiere, we see that Rachel gets a callback for Funny Girl, giving her the chance to have a chemistry audition with a potential co-star. However, the audition does not appear to go well. The director ends it quickly, and Rachel walks off looking quite dejected.
When you combine this with photos that show Rachel wandering around Central Park looking sad and depressed after her Funny Girl callback, things don't look good. We're not willing to say that Rachel won't get the part. But if she does, it will take a big twist and a surprising turn of events. (Your move, Glee.)
Original article: Glee Season 5 will premiere on September 26, and one of the biggest cliffhangers from last season’s finale involved whether or not one Miss Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) managed to defy the odds and snag the leading role of Fanny Brice in the Broadway revival of Barbra Streisand’s Funny Girl.
Admittedly, it seems like a long shot. Do college sophomores usually land the starring role in Broadway performances? Not really. But this is Rachel Berry we’re talking about. The girl is talented. Plus, it’s Glee. The rules of logic don’t always apply.
Nothing has been confirmed so far, but both Glee creator Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele are strongly hinting that Rachel might defy all odds and get the part. On September 9, Ryan tweeted a photo of Lea as Rachel, standing on the streets of New York City right outside a huge sign for Funny Girl: The Musical.
“Funny Girl,” is all he wrote. Lea posted a similar photo, but her caption didn’t necessarily confirm anything either. “#GleeinNYC #FunnyGirl #Broadway” she tweeted.
The way we figure, there are three possible scenarios. The obvious conclusion is that Rachel has landed the starring role of Fanny and is on her way to inevitable Broadway stardom. However, it’s also possible that she might not have snagged the lead, but is instead working on the production as an understudy or in some other sort of supporting role.
Finally, it’s entirely plausible that this entire thing could all be a dream sequence. Rachel may just be imagining her future life as a Broadway star. We don’t know for sure that it’s all coming true quite yet.
Glee is currently filming Season 5, episodes 1, 2 and 3. We doubt this scene will appear in the Cory Monteith tribute, so our bet is that it will show up in either the Season 5 premiere: “Love, Love, Love,” or Episode 2: “Tina in the Sky With Diamonds.”
Do you hope that Rachel gets the part, or would you rather see her start with a smaller role in the production and work her way up? Head below to let us know what you think!
Source: Ryan Murphy on Twitter, Lea Michele on Twitter