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Melody has landed the role of Tita Yvonne in Amblin's Easter Sunday, based on the life and experiences of comedian, Jo Koy. "Starting production on Easter Sunday is the culmination of a lifetime of dreaming and decades of hard work," said Koy. "It's especially meaningful that we've been able to assemble such an incredible group of diverse and talented filmmakers and comedians to bring this slice of Filipino culture to the world." Also joining the cast are Eva Noblezada, Brandon Wardell, Tia Cerrere, Eugene Cordero, Asif Ali, Lou Diamond Phillips, Lydia Gaston, Rodney To, Joey Guila, and Elena Juatco. Click here for the latest press announcement from Amblin.
Melody is honored to reprise her role in ALLOS: The Story of Carlos Bulosan, by Giovanni Ortega. Directed by Fran de Leon, and presented by Artists At Play. This streaming presentation part of the Free Theatre for Young Audiences performances in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Like so many immigrants seeking a better life, Carlos Bulosan followed his brothers from the Philippines to Seattle. He lived and worked across California, taking whatever jobs he could to survive, finding his voice in writing and fighting for workers' rights along the way. ALLOS tells the story of his struggles in the United States, and how with courage and strong spirit, he came to love and call this country home. Available April 24-May 7, 2021. For more info, click here.
During the recent months in isolation, Melody worked remotely with a team from all over the world, from Thailand to Chicago, to Michigan, New York, and Hawaii, to help create a prototype for a future podcast production of Land of Smiles, a musical by Erin Kamler. Land of Smiles is part one of a trilogy set in Southeast Asia between 2012 and the present. Produced by Gregory Franklin. Directed by Seema Sueko. Music Supervision by David O. Sound Design by Andre Pluess and Sound Engineering by Thomas Van Ness. Listen to a sampling of two of the songs, featuring Melody and Cathy Ahn (Netflix's "Over the Moon") here.
Melody voiced the role of Tessa Vecchi in TELL ME WHY, the latest narrative experience from DONTNOD Entertainment, the studio behind Life is Strange. In this intimate mystery, twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan use their special bond to unravel the memories of their loving but troubled childhood in beautiful small-town Alaska. Tell me why unfolds across three chapters and will be released Summer 2020 on Xbox One, Windows 10, and Steam. For more information, visit www.tellmewhygame.com.
Prior to the pandemic, Melody reunited 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
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 Spotify and 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 made appearances in two recent shows, Call Me Kat on FOX, and Mom on CBS.
Melody plays Tala Navarro in Swearing, a new short film by Mary Bronaugh. Ninabelle Navarro is a spirited young Filipino woman whose sheltered perspective is obliterated by a chaotic first week of college. Accidentally recruited for the campus comedy troupe, Nina will discover a world where provoking god is a prerequisite - and she'll let loose the surprisingly loud and angry voice inside her. This Filipino-American coming-of-age story is part of Film Independent's Artist Development Program.
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. The Patients was also an official selection of the Bend Film Festival.