About Lea Michele
At just 8 years old, Lea Michele made her Broadway debut as Young Cosette in “Les Misérables.” Since then Michele has shared the stage with Broadway greats Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in “Ragtime” as well as Alfred Molina and the 20th anniversary cast of “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Her most recent time on stage was for her role as Wendla in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of “Spring Awakening,” Michele was nominated for a Drama Desk Award of "Outstanding Actress in a Musical" for her performance.
Michele can currently be seen in Ryan Murphy’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe and SAG award winning Glee as a perfectionist firecracker Rachel Berry, who is convinced that show choir is her ticket to stardom. In 2010, Michelle was honored with both an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" and a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Television Actress" – Comedy and won a SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series". In 2011, she received her second Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" and "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series". In 2012, Lea received a SAG Award nomination for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series", and won a Teen Choice Award for "Choice TV Actress: Comedy". The show is currently in its fourth season.
Lea Michele was last seen in New Line Cinema's feature film New Year's Eve in which she plays Elise, a back-up singer who makes a connection with Randy (Ashton Kutcher) in a story about New Yorkers searching for love, fun, and companionship on the brink of New Year's Eve. Directed by Garry Marshall and written by Katherine Fugate, Leslie Dixon, Matt Walker, and Tom Hines, New Year's Eve also stars Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Biel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sienna Miller, Hilary Swank, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Also on the big screen, Lea Michele will lend her vocal talents to Summertime Entertainment's animated 3D musical Dorothy of Oz, to voice the lead role and provide vocals on several original numbers, written by Bryan Adams. The film is an update of the classic The Wizard of Oz and centers on Dorothy returning to a tornado-devastated Kansas and then being transported back to Oz to help her friends. Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Kelsey Grammer are also lending their voices to the story penned by Randi Barnes, Adam Balsam, Martin Short, and Barry Glasser. The film will be released in 2013.
She has also performed at Radio City Music Hall during the Tony Awards solo and with the casts of "Spring Awakening", "Ragtime" and "Fiddler on the Roof". Michele is featured on the cast recordings of these productions. She was last seen as Eponine in the star-studded production of "Les Misérables" at the Hollywood Bowl. She has performed solo concerts to sold-out crowds at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in New York and at the Upright Cabaret in Los Angeles.
Michele currently divides her time between New York City and Los Angeles.