The former costars — who reunited with their Spring Awakening cast members in November, over 15 years after the show debuted in New York — tell PEOPLE that the recent experience was surreal and that they couldn’t have done it without one another.
Michele was 19 when the show began performances Off-Broadway in 2006 prior to its Broadway transfer that year, and Groff was 21. They’ve since become best friends and went on to star in numerous film and TV projects together, including the musical hit series Glee.
“To see our sons playing together!” she adds. “I’m just so grateful, I’ve experienced so many versions of life with these girls.”
While rehearsing for the one-night-only event — which was filmed for an HBO documentary, airing May 3 — Michele, Cooper, 32, and Pritchard, 34, had some bonding time with their boys (Michele’s son Ever, 20 months; Cooper’s son Bodie, 7 months; and Pritchard’s son Xander, 20 months), taking strolls in New York City in their downtime.
When asked if being around so many tiny tots gave Groff baby fever, he responds: “Great question!”
Though he played coy on whether he wants to eventually become a father, there’s one thing he knows for sure: Michele is willing to be his surrogate.
“I’ll carry your baby. I will,” she tells Groff, to which he asks, “You will?”
Michele responds, “Hell yeah! I love being pregnant. It’s so much fun.”
“Good to know,” Groff says.
There’s only one problem if he decides to have kids, according to the two-time Tony Award nominee. “I have this weird quirk where I scare small children because — this was with my two nieces as well, between the ages of 0 and 2 — I come in hot with the enthusiasm, and it freaks them out.”
“This is the case with Ever as well,” says Groff. “So I’m slowly trying to play it cool to gain his love and affection back.”
Still, one thing wins little Ever over with Uncle Groff. The actor says that Michele’s son is actually a big fan of the hit Broadway show Hamilton.
“My one in with him is that he likes ‘You’ll Be Back’ from Hamilton,” says Groff, who played King George III in the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical. “Whenever we FaceTime and Ever’s there, I’ll be like, ‘Da, da, da, da, da!’ [I’m] waiting [for] the age when he’s going to be able to watch Frozen, and then maybe I’ll have another in, but I’m working on it.”ORDER A COPY OF ROB’S NEW BEST SELLING BOOK! Called “America’s Number ONE Gossip Columnist” by The National Enquirer. Rob ‘Naughty But Nice’ Shuter breaks celebrity news every day on his website NaughtyGossip.com where he delivers all the dish about the stars we love in his naughty but nice signature style. You can also catch him co-hosting and breaking celebrity news on Good Day New York, The Today Show, The Talk, Wendy Williams Show, CNN, Extra and Z100’s ‘Elvis Duran.’ Previously, Rob was the Huffington Post’s only celebrity columnist and the former executive editor of OK! Magazine. Rob has also hosted his own Saturday night talk show on Mark Cuban’s channel and his own daily morning show, ‘The Gossip Table,’ on VH1! Breaking some of the biggest entertainment stories, including Jamie Lynn Spears’s pregnancy news, Britney’s first post-meltdown interview, Eva Longoria’s wedding, and baby exclusives for Jessica Alba, Tori Spelling and Mathew McConaughey’s tots, Rob always knows where to find the best scoop. Before Rob was one of the world’s most successful entertainment reporters, he was a publicist working for Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson and Jon Bon Jovi! Now he is bringing all this experience to his new show on I HEART MEDIA in his unique cheeky way, that is always a pinch and never a punch!