Michele, who's made no secret of idolizing Streisand, has no doubt been waiting to hear from the stage and screen star after joining the current Broadway revival of the Jule Styne-Bob Merrill musical in the role that made Streisand a household name. Michele has been sending grosses for the revival through the roof since joining the company in September.
As shared on a recent visit to Late Night With Seth Meyers, Michele recently arrived to her dressing room at the August Wilson Theatre to find her dresser holding a very special delivery: a gold envelope. "I just knew. I was like, 'Is it from Barbra?'" Indeed it was. Babs wrote the Broadway star a congratulatory letter with one line that was particularly significant for Michele. "'It's really wonderful when your dreams come true, isn't it?' I just fell to my knees, and I called Ryan Murphy, my mom, Jonathan Groff, and Michael Mayer. These are the people that need to know."
Ever the amateur sleuth, Michele even confirmed that the letter was indeed authentic. "I know that my co-star, Ramin [Karimloo], had gotten a letter from her when the show first opened, because he knows her. He's performed with her before. So I snuck into his room, found his copy of his letter, and then just made sure that the writing was the same. And it was. So that was all I needed."
Later in the broadcast, Michele returned for a live performance of the score's "I'm the Greatest Star." Watch below.
Funny Girl, which premiered on Broadway in 1964, features a score by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill and a book by Isobel Lennart, newly adapted by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein for this revival. The original production propelled a young Streisand to international fame; she would reprise her stage performance in the 1968 film adaptation, winning an Academy Award and a Golden Globe in the process. The biomusical tracks real-life singer and comic Fanny Brice from her humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York, to fame and fortune onstage in the Ziegfeld Follies and as a radio and screen performer.