Sara Bareilles continues to surprise us! Five years after the pop singer-songwriter published her first book and unveiled her musical Waitress, and just weeks after premiering her TV series Little Voice (she wrote all the songs and executive produces), Sara can now add acting to her ever-growing resume. Today it was announced that Sara has secured her first acting role. She will star in the upcoming comedy series, Girls5eva. Tina Fey and Robert Carlock serve as producers, Meredith Scardino will write and produce, and the show will appear on the new streaming platform, Peacock.
In the show, Girls5eva is a retired ’90s girl group who had only one hit in their short career. Now, over two decades later, a popular young rapper sampled their song, and the girl group reunites to give their pop star dreams another chance. Sara will star as Dawn, one of the Girls5eva members, who’s now managing her family’s Italian restaurant in Queens. She’s reluctant to get the group back together, but it may be exactly what she needs right now.
In a statement about Girls5eva, Sara shared:
It is a pinch me moment to get to cross paths creatively with women like Meredith Scardino and Tina Fey, who I have been a fan of forever. I am a longtime admirer of so many of the characters they have brought to life in other projects, and I am already in love with the women at the center of Girls5eva. I am so excited to help bring to life what I know will be a smart, creative, hilarious show with a lot of heart.
We never saw this move coming, but we’re excited to see Girls5eva! Sara has continued to prove how talented and capable she is. From pop music to books, from musicals to TV production, she continues to shine. We’re sure her acting will be nothing short of spectacular. It’s unclear when Girls5eva will premiere, but we’ll keep you posted.
More from Sara: Little Voice and a Concept Album
Ever busy, Sara’s had a lot going on this summer. One month ago, her show Little Voice premiered on Apple TV+. It centers on a young songwriter, Bess King, navigating New York City and trying to find her own voice. The themes loosely resemble Sara’s own start in the music business, and it’s fitting that the TV show’s theme song also works as its title track. Sara serves as an executive producer and she composed the show’s music.
Sara has already released her version of “Little Voice,” and there’s more where that came from. Sara is currently recording a concept album of the songs used in Little Voice. Some are songs she wrote for the show, while others are leftovers from earlier in her career. In some ways, this concept album can be seen as a bit of a rarities album, too. Sara’s Little Voice-themed concept album may be out before the end of 2020.
Amidst The Chaos
In April last year, Sara made her big comeback to (pop) music with the release of her album, Amidst The Chaos. It launched the singles “Armor” and “Fire,” plus promo singles “No Such Thing” and “Saint Honesty.” Though, truth be told, some of our favorite songs weren’t even singles. Check out our track-by-track review of the stellar album and be sure to listen to it (and maybe all of Sara’s albums… we’re feeling nostalgic!).
Last August, Sara Bareilles released a new EP, What’s Not Inside: The Lost Songs From Waitress. It followed Sara’s 2015 album, What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress, which featured songs she wrote for the hugely popular Broadway musical, Waitress. The EP features 6 songs that didn’t make it into the musical, plus Sara’s show-stopping ballad, “She Used To Be Mine.”
In November, five old Sara demos leaked online. She recorded them in the 2000s with Ryan Dusick, formerly of Maroon 5. Earlier this year, Sara also appeared on lovely acoustic version of “Teach You” with Emily King.
Girls5eva Coming Soon
We’re shocked and excited that Sara will star in the comedy series Girls5eva, coming to Peacock in the coming months. While we await more news on that, be sure to enjoy her Apple TV+ show, Little Voice; the first seven episodes are out now. Many of the cast recordings are available to stream now; we can also look forward to Sara’s own concept album by the end of 2020. Keep checking back here for all the latest Sara Bareilles news.
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