Broadway star Idina Menzel heading to "Glee"

Thu Dec 10, 2009 1:24am EST
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By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Meet Will Schuester's new rival.

Broadway star Idina Menzel is in negotiations to join the Fox series "Glee" as a recurring character.

Menzel, who is expected to appear in all of the remaining nine episodes of the season, will play the coach of glee club Vocal Adrenaline, the McKinley High glee club's main competition.

Menzel had said she is a big fan of "Glee" and its young star Lea Michele, also a Broadway pro.

Because of Menzel and Michele's similar musical theater background and strong resemblance, fans had been lobbying for Menzel to appear on the show as the biological mother of Michele's character, Rachel Berry.

Menzel won a Tony for her role on "Wicked." Her co-star on the show, Kristin Chenoweth, guest-starred on "Glee" earlier this season.

Menzel is the second Broadway name to land a recurring role on "Glee" this spring.

Jonathan Groff, who co-starred opposite Michele in the Broadway production of "Spring Awakening," will be doing a five- to six-episode story arc, playing the lead male vocalist of Vocal Adrenaline and a potential love interest for Rachel Berry.

"Glee" chronicles the road to the national championships for McKinley High's glee club, a group of misfits led by Spanish teacher Schuester (Matthew Morrison). Schuester's biggest nemesis so far has been the coach of the school's cheerleading squad, Sue Sylvester, played by Jane Lynch.

The show wraps its fall run Wednesday with the "Sectionals" episode.