Lea Michele's Funny Girl Receives Standing Ovations, Universal Praise

On Tuesday night, the world was introduced to Lea Michele's long-awaited Fanny Brice in the Broadway musical Funny Girl, and she was met with numerous standing ovations and universal praise.

The Glee star returned to the Broadway stage for the first time in 13 years to star in the musical revival, just a few months after the original Brice, played by Beanie Feldstein, decided to step away.

On Tuesday, the crowd went wild for Michele, despite the prediction that some expected her to crash and burn.

She received a total of four standing ovations before intermission, including after the show's signature song, "Don't Rain on My Parade."

Two more ovations took place after the second act and at the final curtain, where an emotional Michele took her first bow after the performance.

A Twitter account named @FunnyGirlBwy posted a video of Michele, along with co-star Tovah Feldshuh,

 who opened on Tuesday night as Fanny Brice's mother, taking their bows and each receiving a large bouquet of white roses.

Although critics will not be in attendance at the show until later this month, the unofficial reviews began to pour in quickly after the show.

 Twitter user and theater critic Juan A. Ramírez wrote, "oh, honey.. Lea Michele TORE."

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