I DO NOT WANT MCG DIRECTING ‘SPRING AWAKENINGS’.
E! Online has just revealed that Spring Awakening’s original Wendla, GLEE star Lea Michele, is being courted for her old role in the upcoming film version of the show. E! reports that the film’s director, McG, told them that they’re hoping the film’s schedule can coincide with her GLEE committments to make this happen.
He tells E!: “I love Lea; we’ve talked about it…When I first got turned onto the show she was in it so it’s her voice that echoes in my heart. I really think she’s wonderful and we’ll see where it takes us.”
No production timeline has been announced.
He adds: “We’re talking to Lea Michele because she made the role of Wendla famous and we’ll see if that pans out and works with the timing of her schedule on [Glee].”
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As BroadwayWorld reported back in 2010, Terminator Salvation director McG will bring the “Spring Awakening” to the big screen, developing it with original book and lyrics writer Steven Sater.
FOR HIS NEW MOVIE, ‘TWENTY, THIRTY’.
Jonathan Groff will be returning to Glee as the former Vocal Adrenaline rival and one-time New Directions co-coach. This time, however, he’ll go back to being the competition. At Wednesday’s celebration for the 300th musical number — a soulful, booty-shakin’ mashup of Adele’s “Rumor Has It” and “Someone Like You” — series boss Ryan Murphy revealed that Groff’s Jesse St. James would be returning as the new coach of Vocal Adrenaline.
But back to Groff! Murphy said the Broadway babe will have “many scenes” with The Glee Project’s Alex Newell. “He’s going to be the love child of Kurt and Mercedes and will turn to them for much advice,” Murphy said. Over the summer, Newell won a (sweet) consolation prize — a two-episode role on Glee — alongside Lindsay Pearce, last seen scaring the bejesus out of Rachel in the season premiere. She’ll return in Episode 8 as “the Rachel of her school,” Murphy said. “She will be competing against our groups.”
As for Glee Project winner Damian McGinty, who arrives in Tuesday’s episode, he says it’ll be a bumpy road ahead for his character, Irish lad Roy Flannigan. “He comes in and he’s having a really tough time fitting in and getting bullied a lot. He’s very young,” McGinty said. Fellow Glee Project winner Samuel Larsen will turn up in Episode 10 or 11 at the start of the new semester, according to Murphy, who previously teased that Larsen may come on as a relative of Puck (Mark Salling).