Producers of TV’s smash musical-comedy have tapped The Fly star to play one of Rachel Berry’s (Lea Michele) gay dads on an episode premiering next month. His partner will be played by acclaimed theater actor Brian Stokes Mitchell, TV Line gossip guy Michael Ausiello has learned.
And get this, Goldblum is expected to sing during his Glee appearance. Not that that’ll be out of the ordinary. Jeff is an accomplished pianist and made his Broadway debut back in 1971 in the Tony-winning musical Two Gentlemen of Verona.
He’ll join Mitchell for a duet on a special Valentine’s Day edition of the Emmy-winning show.
Hiram and LeRoy Berry are often mentioned on camera, but this is the first time Gleeks will get a peek at Rachel’s dads. Fans met Rachel’s biological mom Shelby Corcoran when Rent star (and Lea doppelganger) Idina Menzel guest-starred during the show’s first season.
Word is Goldblum and Mitchell edged out Elton John, Hugh Jackman and Taye Diggs (Menzel’s real-life husband), who were among the favorites to portray the fatherly duo. Rocker Jon Bon Jovi, Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes and Broadway alum Matthew Broderick were also reportedly courted for the roles.
Goldblum and Mitchell join succession of stars who are dropping in to play the parents of McKinley High Glee Clubbers: ’80s pop superstar Gloria Estefan just made a cameo as the mom of Cheerios cheerleader Santana (Naya Rivera). Comedian David Alan Grier is expected to appear as Mercedes’ (Amber Riley) estranged father on a future episode.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy says meeting the characters’ parents continues to be high on the list of demands from many of the show’s devoted fans.
“Across the board, a huge amount of fans want to see parents. That’s not to say we’re going to heavily feature them, but I think it’s interesting to see some of them — not all of them.”