Despite the current bleakness of the coronavirus pandemic, audiences all over the world were able to join together and enjoy Disney+’s Hamilton in July. One of the biggest breakouts from the musical is the multitalented Renée Elise Goldsberry. Up next, the Tony Award winner will team with a multiple time Tony Award nominee. As first reported by Deadline, the singer-actress will join with the equally-talented Sara Bareilles to star in a new musical-comedy series titled Girls5eva.
The original series will stream exclusively on NBCU’s recently-launched Peacock streaming service. Girls5eva features a script penned by screenwriter Meredith Scardino (Saturday Night Live). Scardino will also produce the series alongside Golden Globe winner Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt).
The comedy series will reportedly focus on the former members of a one-hit-wonder girl-group from the ’90s. When their song is sampled by a young, upcoming rapper, the musicians reunite in the hopes of giving their pop-star dreams another chance. However, their lives have shifted drastically since the ’90s. They must now balance their dreams and passions with spouses, children, jobs, kids, aging parents, and crippling debt. Bareilles and Goldsberry will star as characters named Dawn and Wickie, respectively. The show’s cast will also feature a wealth of talent from the likes of Carson Daly, John Goodman, April Stewart, and Tony Hale.
In a statement to Deadline, Goldsberry speaks of the new role and her excitement to collaborate with Bareilles and Fey.
“This wickedly talented team is creating something brave and new,” said Goldsberry. “I’m grateful I get to be in the room with them. I honestly can’t think of a better way to transition out of this year and into the new one than laughing with strong and beautiful women.”
Outside of her role in Hamilton, Goldsberry touts an impressive résumé. She has appeared on-stage in the original Broadway cast of The Color Purple, The Lion King, and Rent. Most recently, Goldsberry starred in the film Waves opposite Sterling K. Brown and in Netflix’s Altered Carbon. Moreover, the actress previously worked with Tina Fey in the 2015 comedy Sisters, and she is the voice of Ms. Nowhere in Netflix’s Fast & Furious Spy Racers. Meanwhile, Sara Bareilles is a multi-time Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominee. The singer recently produced the hit Apple TV+ series Little Voice alongside The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams. The platinum-selling artist will likely return to the stage to star in her self-written Broadway musical, Waitress when coronavirus pandemic restrictions are lifted.
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