Here's the latest:
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis, theatre, film, and TV productions have shuttered. Here are a few of Melody's recent projects:
Melody returned to South Coast Repertory's 40th Anniversary production of A Christmas Carol as Sally/Toy Lady/Scavenger. We celebrated the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters--Tiny Tim and the Cratchit familly, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come, and Hal Landon Jr. as everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge. ("The quintessential Ebenezer Scrooge!" according to the Daily Pilot). This was Hal Landon Jr's final performance as Scrooge. It's the end of an era.
Melody was thrilled to reunite with director Seema Sueko in the world premiere production of Right To Be Forgotten at Arena Stage. The Internet never forgets. A young man’s mistake at 17 haunts him online a decade later. Desperate for a normal life, he goes to extraordinary lengths to erase his indiscretion. But freedom of information is big business, and the tech companies aren’t going down without a fight. Secrets, lies and political backstabbing abound in this riveting new drama about one man’s fierce battle to reclaim his right to privacy. Playwright Sharyn Rothstein (By the Water, USA Network’s "Suits"), winner of the prestigious 2015 Primus Prize and whose work has been called “touching & affecting” (New York Times), has written a striking allegory about privacy, social media and human forgiveness in the age of the internet.
"As Marta, Butiu dominates the show with her humor, bombast, and passion. Her quick rejoiners and faith in Derril and the cause immediately endear her to the audience...Butiu imbibes the character with such charisma and passion, that the audience's adoration is inevitable. Marta is smart, resourceful, and ideological, and willing to take on the herculean task of challenging Big Tech - all with a smile, a witty remark, and an incredible facial expression."--Broadwayworld.com
Melody recently tackled the role of Bloody Mary in the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival production of South Pacific. Based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning “Tales of the South Pacific,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s famous musical bursts to life on the Playhouse stage. Set against the backdrop of an island paradise during WWII, this musical comedy features all of the songs you know and love, including “Gonna Wash That Man,” “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i,” “Honeybun,” and the iconic “Some Enchanted Evening.” Directed by Scott Weinstein, with Choreography by William Carlos Angulo, and Musical Direction by Corinne Aquilina, this production examines this timeless classic from today's perspective. Winner of 10 Tony Awards and 3 Academy Awards. See the video on the left for highlights.
"Short but forecful, Butiu is complicated and irreverent, her Bloody Mary a fireball of energy, deviousness, wit, good heart and a great voice."--Barbara Adams, Ithaca Times.
"Melody Butiu is a marvel. Few can wring laughs and heartache so well."--David Wilcox, AuburnPub
Melody had the honor of playing Comrade Chin in David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, directed by Desdemona Chiang. When this rich, compelling drama debuted on Broadway, it became an instant sensation, sweeping the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. A married French diplomat. A mysterious Chinese opera diva. A passionate 20-year affair. Inspired by true events, this break-out hit by the author of Chinglish and Golden Child proved much more than a steamy tale of seduction. Obsession, perception and the allure of fantasy make for a remarkable tale of espionage and betrayal described as “visionary” by The New York Times.
The Patients, a short film by Tess Paras, was an official selection at the 2019 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. After a “bad fight” with her boyfriend, Filipina-American party girl Regina Ramos ends up in the ER where her Dad works. When her family rushes to her aid, they stumble to connect as a trending topic becomes a real-life issue that affects them all. Written and directed by Tess Paras, and starring Tess Paras, Jon Jon Briones, Eugene Cordero, Melody Butiu, Josephine De Jesus, Lilan Bowden, Haneefah Wood. Check out the film's trailer, to the left. It was part of the festival's "I Gotchu Fam, Always," program at Downtown Independent on May 5th, 2019.
Order the HERE LIES LOVE original cast album! Released by Nonesuch Records, it includes an 80-page full color book with lyrics, credits, and two essays by David Byrne about the creation of the piece. To order and listen to sample tracks, click HERE. Also available on iTunes!
The REMIX Collection from HERE LIES LOVE is also on sale! Matt Stine and Justin Levine created over 40 minutes of energetic and exciting dance mixes related to the show. You'll hear elements from the all-star recording from a few years ago—and some songs written for the show but never used. There are mash-ups of show music, too. It's all seamless, non-stop fun.
Melody's latest television apearances! Melody recently played Nurse Barbara in the season four finale of THIS IS US. It was a quick role, but she had a great time working on this excellent show!