While Lea Michele is currently receiving rave reviews for her performance on Funny Girl, don’t expect her former co-star Chris Colfer to be among the show’s viewers.
The actor, who starred alongside Lea in Glee from 2009 to 2015, threw a serious shadow at Lea when asked to see the musical in New York City.
Chris joked his day suddenly got “full” after Michelle Collins suggested he watch Funny Girl, more than two years after Lea came under fire for alleged bullying behavior on the set of Glee.
“By the way Chrissy, guess what I’m doing tonight? Oh my god you should come if you’re here,” Michelle asked during an interview with Chris on her show, The Michelle Collins Show.
‘Oh no, do you see Funny Girl?’ Chris asked Michelle.
“That’s me,” Michelle replied.
“Oh,” Chris replied in a sober tone, before adding, “my day was suddenly so busy.”
‘Wait, no! Wow! Chris!’ exclaimed Michelle. “I saw it with Beanie so I think it’s only right that I see it with Lea!”
“I saw Six last night and it was amazing,” Chris said, referring to the Broadway show Six.
“So you don’t see [Funny Girl] is my guess while you’re in town?’ asked Michelle.
“No, I can be triggered at home,” he replied.
Lea has received rave reviews for her portrayal of comedian Fanny Brice on Funny Girl since taking on the role after Beanie Feldstein’s departure over the summer.
Funny Girl is a musical with score by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart, which first premiered on Broadway in 1964 and starred Barbra Streisand.
Chris isn’t the only former Glee cast member who decided not to have Lea on the show.
Last month, Kevin McHale admitted he wouldn’t be watching the musical either.
Speaking to E! News, the 34-year-old actor admitted, “I have no plans [to see Funny Girl].’
He added that he had not spoken to Michele, 36, for a long time, who succeeded Beanie Feldstein, 29, on the production line earlier this month.
However, he also acknowledged Lea’s talent and star power elsewhere in the interview.
“She’s obviously extremely, extremely talented,” he gushed when he met the news outlet.
“I’m sure she’s bloody phenomenal at it. Are you kidding me? She could play the part in her sleep,” he said.
Lea ended up at the center of controversy in 2020 after former Freude actress Samantha Ware claimed the actress made her time on the show a “living hell”.
After Lea shared a post reacting to the death of George Floyd, Samantha tweeted, “Remember when you made my first TV appearance a living hell?!?! … ‘Cause I’ll never forget it… I think you’ve told everyone that if you had the chance, you’d go in my wig!’ among other traumatic microaggressions that made me question a career in Hollywood.’
The tweet opened the floodgates and numerous other stars came forward with their own memories of Lea’s alleged bad behavior.