Lea Michele Channels Barbra Streisand at 2023 Met Gala 

The 36-year-old actress continues to show love for Barbra Streisand.

Lea Michele continues to pay homage to Barbra Streisand

The Funny Girl star shared photos of the EGOT winner on her Instagram Story, which inspired her look at this year's Met Gala in New York City. 

Michele debuted a bob haircut, glam done by celebrity makeup artist Carolina Gonzales using Armani beauty products and Tweezerman tools, and a stunning gown that mirrored the inspiration she took from Streisand. The 36-year-old actress wore a custom Michael Kors Collection silver tulle cutout dress with hand-beaded mirror sequins, dégradé fringe, and a matching bow. 


Requiring over 1,440 hours to hand-embroider, the gown was adorned with 11,700 mirrored sequins and 10,100 individually stitched crystals scattered across the base. The glittering fringe consisted of different-sized strands of sequin down the arms and length of the gown that created a dégradé effect. 

Michele wore a Fred Leighton art deco diamond bombe cocktail ring by Rene Boivin in Platinum and Kwiat 7.11ct round diamond studs in platinum. 

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Michele is currently playing Fanny Brice in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl, a role originated by Streisand in 1964. 

Michele, who has a long history of performing songs from Funny Girl on Glee and beyond, shared in December 2022 what 80-year-old Streisand thought of her performance.

"It was so surreal and such a wonderful moment. The fact that she acknowledged my performance -- I could cry. I called Jonathan [Groff] and Ryan Murphy sobbing," she told Town & Country magazine. "It was a beautiful, handwritten note that I will cherish. She was incredibly complimentary. It exists. It happened, and now I feel like so many dreams can come true."

As for Streisand's suggestion in the note that she direct Michele in a Funny Girl movie remake, the Glee alum reacted, "I hadn’t thought about that yet, but now you’ve placed it in the universe..."

Michele is looking forward to some rest and relaxation after Funny Girl closes in the fall. ET spoke with the Broadway star at Variety's Power of Women Luncheon last month about the hit revival and what she plans to do once the show wraps on Sept. 3.

"Oh my goodness, I'm gonna just spend as much time with my son as I can, and rest," said Michele, who shares son Ever with husband Zandy Reich. "And let my body just recover from doing this show, and be a mom of a 3-year-old."

As for the little one, who was hospitalized in March with a "scary health issue," Michele said he's doing much better. "He's well, thank you so much. He's good," she shared.

Meanwhile, Michele still has plenty of time left as Fanny Brice. When asked about the rave reviews both she and the show have received and the box office records it broke since it opened last year, the Glee alum said she's still processing these "amazing" and "incredible" accomplishments.