Lea Michele’s career is hotter than ever, despite social media disapproval

Lea Michele continues to be the target of internet trolling, but that hasn’t stopped her dreams from coming true. The controversial actress returned to the headlines after it was announced she would be starring in Broadway’s Funny Girl. Following the news, Michele took to her Instagram to share that the new opportunity was more than “a dream come true,” and many of her haters were less than pleased.

The former “Glee” star previously faced backlash for her behavior on set, with racism allegations surfacing in 2020. As CBS News summarized, the “Glee” co-stars called out Michele’s hypocrisy after she issued a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. In anticipation of her Funny Girl debut, Michele spoke to the New York Times about the controversy. “I leave no room for error. That perfectionism… left me with a lot of blind spots,” she said. “I really understand how important and valuable it is to be a leader now.”

The statement was not enough to turn the tide of public opinion. Bizarre rumors about Michele – including claims that she can’t read – continue to circulate. However, Michele’s career and happiness seem completely untouched.

Lea Michele shone during Funny Girl’s opening week

Lea Michele is officially Fanny Brice, and the crowd seems to be loving it. According to Deadline, attendance at Beanie Feldstein’s recent shows has fallen by 10% while ticket prices for Michele’s debut have skyrocketed. The Wrap reported seeing prices as high as $2,500 on resale sites like SeatGeek. No wonder when Michele finally took the stage, the internet was in turmoil.

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According to the New York Post, some of the crowd appeared to be trolls … or at least intervened in the drama. When Michele’s character said, “I haven’t read many books,” the crowd erupted in laughter at the illiteracy rumors. Still, Michele appears to be living her best life, with the Daily Mail capturing sweet photos from her opening ceremony. The actor reunited with Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy and her longtime boyfriend Jonathan Groff.

A viewer shared a video of Michele on stage with the caption, “Tonight… 7 standing ovations later… #LeaMichele IS #FannyBrice.” For fans of Michele (or those who love the conspiracy theories surrounding her), that was the debut a historic moment. “Not now does sweet mommy read every tweet about Lea Michele’s Funny Girl debut,” wrote one Twitter user. Glad it’s not just us!