Back in 2009, during the first season of Glee, Michele sang a show-stopping version of the Funny Girl hit, "Don't Rain on My Parade," a favorite song among musical theater fans, including her character, Rachel Berry
Rachel was a huge Streisand fan in the show and her personality was strikingly similar to that of Fanny, perhaps serving as a long-running nod to the character.
During the Glee casts' World Tour in 2010, Michele continued to sing "Don't Rain on My Parade" nightly and her live performance was later brought to the big screen in the Glee concert film, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie
But the most art-imitating-life prophecy came in 2014, during the show's fifth season when Michele was actually cast as Fanny Brice on Broadway, at least her character was.
The actress has a good working relationship with Funny Girl's director, Michael Mayer. In 2006, Mayer directed Michele in the groundbreaking hit musical, Spring Awakening, which launched her career.
Now, after more than a decade singing Funny Girl tracks, Michele will finally have her chance to live the dream on Broadway when she officially takes over the role of Fanny Brice on Sept. 6.