Idina Menzel heading to 'Glee'

1:05 PM PST 12/09/2009 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

Broadway star would play glee club coach

Meet Will Schuester's new rival.

Broadway star Idina Menzel is in negotiations to join Fox's "Glee" as a recurring.

Menzel, who is expected to appear in all of the remaining nine episodes of the season, will play the coach to 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 Rachel Berry's (Michele) biological mother.

They've got their wish ... sort of.

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 recur 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," which chronicles the road of McKinley High's glee club, a group of misfits led by Spanish teacher Schuester (Matthew Morrison) to the national championships, wraps its fall run Wednesday with the "Sectionals" episode.

Schuester's biggest nemesis so far has been the coach of the school's cheerleading squad Sue Sylvester, played by Jane Lynch.
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