Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell will appear on the hit Fox show “Glee” to play the previously unseen gay dads of Rachel Berry, the character on the show played by Lea Michele. The actress tweeted a picture of herself with Goldblum and Mitchell on the set of Glee on January 18 with the caption “Dads:)” The casting news was quickly confirmed. TV Line reports that the two dads are called Hiram and LeRoy Berry, and that they will appear and sing in the Valentine’s Day-themed episode airing, appropriately, on Valentine’s Day.
All three characters have appeared on Broadway in the past, and Mitchell is a Tony Award winner. The actor won the Best Actor in a Musical Tony in 2000 for his work in the 1999 revival of Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate.” He also is known for his roles in “Mail,” “Jelly’s Last Jam,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Ragtime,” “King Hedley II,” and “Man of La Mancha.” He was nominated for the Tony for Best Actor for the latter three performances. He also has had an extensive film and television career, beginning with a seven-year stint on the M*A*S*H spin-off “Trapper John, MD.”
Though Goldblum is more known for his film and television roles like “Jurassic Park” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” he has appeared in eight Broadway performances, including “Two Gentlemen of Verona” “The Pillowman” and “The Play What I Wrote.” Goldblum also has a musical past and is an accomplished jazz pianist.
As a child, Michele began working on Broadway in performances of “Les Miserables” and “Ragtime,” and states that she has known Mitchell for many years. Later, she starred in the role of Wendla in “Spring Awakening” before joining the “Glee” cast. She made her big screen debut late last year in the film “New Year’s Eve,” which also starred Ashton Kutcher.