Sneak Peek: Glee Recreates Its Biggest Hit as Rachel Goes Broadway

If you’ve felt nostalgic for the old New Directions, next Thursday’s Glee (Fox, 9/8c), will be appointment television.

The fox musical comedy will revisit “Don’t Stop Believin’,” the smash number that started it all, and we’ve got a sneak peek!

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Series star Lea Michele recently revealed to TV Guide magazine that Rachel chooses the epic Journey track as her audition for a fictitious Broadway revival of Funny Girl and imagines her old Lima cohorts providing backup support — in those familiar red shirts, naturally.

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Other preview images from “Sweet Dreams” show Rachel rehearsing with birth mother Shelby (guest star Idina Menzel); Sue’s replacement Roz (a returning Nene Leakes) having what looks like a serious talk with Becky and Blaine (could this be a continuation of last night’s school-shooting story arc); and Finn and Puck…hanging in a dorm room?

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  1. Amanda says:

    If someone actually auditioned for a broadway show that wasn’t Rock Of Ages with DSB, I’m pretty sure they’d be laughed off stage. But this is glee…so Rachel shall be starring on Broadway…

    • wordsmith says:

      I think somebody who can sing like Lea Michele could probably get away with singing that song at an audition. She could probably sing the ABC’s and do just fine.

    • dude says:

      Even in community theater they request you only audition with a showtune but this is a TV show and it benefits the story to bring things full circle.

      • wordsmith says:

        And thanks to the aforementioned Rock of Ages, DSB is now *technically* a showtune, though that might be stretching it a bit.

        • dude says:

          Well, you know what i mean. They wouldn’t want you singing “DSB” if you were auditioning for Hairspray, they’d want you to sing an actually broadway number. I know we’ve heard her sing it a million times before but why wouldn’t Rachel audition with her go-to song, “Don’t Rain On My Parade” for an audition for Funny Girl?

    • kate says:

      You should get your info right before commenting. Lea was on Broadway from ’87-06 in various shows BEFORE doing Glee. There have been several people on this show from Broadway from regular to reoccuring charicters.

      • Thea says:

        No one commented on whether Lea was actually on Broadway or not. The OP said they didn’t think someone auditioning for a Broadway show with DSB would be taken seriously.

      • dude says:

        She was born in ’86 so she was on Broadway when she was 1? She got her first role on Broadway in 1995, she tweeted about it on the anniversary earlier this month.

    • However, this is Glee where Mr. Schue and NPH auditioned t play Jean Valjean by singing Dream On by Aerosmith. LOL!

  2. Tom says:

    YES!!! FINALLY back to the basics of what made Glee so special! Original cast member focus and Idina Menzel just makes it all the sweeter!

  3. Brennan says:

    As much as I love the throwback to the pilot… Don’t Stop Believing is kind of an awful audition song for Funny Girl…

  4. David4 says:

    Maybe it can be in the finale, so the show goes full circle.

  5. Kaycee says:

    I think maybe she’ll do a rearranged version of the song, we’ve heard it many times before so I hope they do something different with it.

  6. I hope that the show will bring Don’t Stop Believin’ back at least one more time for the series finale. I think this will be a powerful scene, but there’s a part of me that feels this song doesn’t belong just to Rachel — it’s about the whole group, led by both Rachel and Finn, singing the song that made the show a worldwide phenomenon, and it’s one that the entire New Directions made their own in the Season One finale. The message of the song and its status on the show certainly impacts the individual characters, but, at its heart, it is a song for the entire group with the leaders from the beginning — Finn and Rachel — pulling them all together. I’m looking forward to seeing the version in 4×19, and hoping that it will reappear yet again once everyone reaches their happy endings.

  7. RichieS says:

    To me the scene I’ll never forget on Glee is Quinn giving birth during Jesse St. James amazing rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody.

    • Kaycee says:

      That was amazing. Not only a highlight of Season 1, but a highlight of the show. The editing was great!

      and Jonothan Groff is one of the few people who can do justice to Queen … Darren Criss was really really terrible.

  8. xxx says:

    Too bad this episode is gonna be end with so much of boring storyline in Lima and a few scenes with Finn and Puck and a few with Rachel. Glee just wasted their time in Lima last night the episode was cheap

  9. Caro says:

    Love the idea of seeing the original kids sing this song but it’s so inappropriate for an audition! “Funny Girl” starts with a fresh faced kid named Fanny getting her first break in Vaudeville and meeting her lover. Glee should have had Shelby work with Rachel to prep for the audition and in doing so, tell her to go back and remember “Don’t Stop Believin” to capture that feeling of just starting out and meeting the guy you end up crazy about… The real audition song should have been something of Barbra’s. Or maybe “Don’t Rain On My Parade”. RM just keeps making mistakes…

  10. Sara says:

    I feel like this is something that should be done in the series finale. It is too soon for this and it just doesn’t seem right.

  11. Ruby says:

    I will never forget the first time they sang this song. Lea’s voice was so beautiful I actually cried. I haven’t stopped feeling that way every time I hear her sing something new. However you feel about her personally, her voice truly is a gift.

  12. wilma says:

    Every time I hear this song without the voice of Cory Monteith it reminds me of the vicious way Ryan Murphy stabbed this actor in the back. He douche bagged the character of Finn to appease the gay and lesiban community and the broadway snobs who thought this show was about them when in fact the magic of this show was always found in this actor and how he portrayed the realistic journey of a guy’s guy learning to love the joy of performing the best actor on glee relegated to D plotlines and holding a clipboard. Cory always maintained the fact that he was just an actor and that he did not write the show and if the showrunner had a vision that made his character a joke and a freaking teacher which in the glee world means giving up on your dreams so be it. The problem was that the loyalty and hardwork that Cory did for this show was rewarded by the guy that runs glee by dissing the actor personally in a hollywood reporter article when he clearly disparaged his role on this show with the comment Monteith knew he was a sophomore and then describing him as the Finn thing in a subsequent article about the show. This was a heartbreaking moment for Cory knowing that the showrunner did not even have his character in the future plans of the show when he admitted to talking with two actors and not Cory. I think there was a large following for Cory within the general audience and since most of those fans are not online zealots they simply stated why they will not watch glee anymore and they simply stopped watching glee. Good Luck Cory in your future endevours and I hope that other producers looking for a quality actor keep you in mind one thing they will get is a loyal employee only interested in doing a good job.

  13. Laura says:

    I had to stop watching Glee because I just got so tired of all the gay themes. It was fine when it was just Kurt and Blaine, but then it just got to be ridiculous. I really miss watching the musical numbers though. There is some real talent on that show.

    • O-town says:

      Yeah, I totally understand. I mean, why do we need to watch two people fall in love, break up because one of them cheated on the other, one of them headed off to college, the other one missing the other, and then the other one finding a new love/crush. It’s so gay. Hmm, in reading that, it doesn’t sound any different than all those straight themes this show keeps pushing on us gay people. I wish there was something not so straight sometimes. Ryan Murphy is awful at giving gay people what they want. But then, I suppose that’s what HBO is about.