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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Glee's Lea Michele on singing as Dorothy Gale

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"She has a definite innocence"

Glee's Lea Michele takes on the iconic role of Dorothy Gale in this animated 3-D musical about the merry old land of Oz. Watch our exclusive sound bites to hear what Lea had to say.

Based on the fantasy books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum, writer of the original book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this continuation of Dorothy's adventures has a cast that's over the rainbow.

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Broadway titan Bernadette Peters plays the good witch Glinda, Martin Short plays the Jester and Kelsey Grammer plays the Tin Man. And of course, Glee's Lea Michele does the voice of Dorothy.

In these exclusive sound bites, Michele talks about what it was like to sing as such a widely known character, Dorothy Gale, whom we all know so well. It seems she wanted to bring something different to the role, including a real youthful quality.

"In all aspects, you bring a different energy to something, but I wanted to make sure that, obviously it's my voice and my sound, but remember that you're playing a character who's young, and she has a definite innocence to her, so it was fun singing as Dorothy," Michele said.

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But it seems she also really treasured getting to sing with the other actors, like Hugh Dancy (Our Idiot Brother) and Megan Hilty (The Pirate Fairy).

"One of the songs I particularly enjoyed recording was "Even Then," which I got to sing with Hugh [Dancy] and the amazing Megan Hilty, who I love so much. She's a Broadway girl and from New York. Now we're out here in LA, in this new world, and it was so great to get to do that song with her," she said.

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return also stars Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi and Patrick Stewart. Click your heels on Friday, May 9, to see it in theaters.

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