Credit: Lea Michele on Twitter Photo: Darren Criss as Tony and Lea Michele as Maria for Glee's West Side Story on October 6, 2011

Uh, what better research into playing Maria in West Side Story could Lea Michele (Rachel) do than meeting the original cast of the movie on the set of Glee?! Lea tweeted about the sweet work perk, "Having the best time at work today! Got to meet some of the original cast of West Side Story from movie! It was amazing!!"

While Lea’s career as a youngster certainly wasn’t lacking (scoring serious Broadway gigs in her pre-Glee years), she did take a hit when she didn't manage to book the role of Maria in the Broadway revival of West Side Story. Of course, now all her dreams are coming true, since she gets to play Maria on TV!

She wrote, "If someone told me then that a few years later I'd be playing the same part but on a tv show I wouldn't have believed it. As cheesy as it is..dreams come true! That’s why never give up & when one door closes a huge window will open."

Glee returns November 1, and we're sure we'll see lots of Rachel feeling pretty, and witty, and gay in the McKinley High production of West Side Story.

Source: Gather

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