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Melody finished shooting Amblin's Easter Sunday, in Vancouver, Canada, playing the role of Tita Yvonne. The movie is 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 were Eva Noblezada, Brandon Wardell, Tia Cerrere, Eugene Cordero, Asif Ali, Lou Diamond Phillips, Lydia Gaston, Rodney To, Joey Guila, and Elena Juatco. Easter Sunday is scheduled for a wide release from Universal and Amblin on April 1, 2022. Click here for the most recent news of the film.

Melody is excited to return to live in-person theatre with Geva Theatre Center's production of Vietgone, by Qui Nguyen, with original music by Shane Rettig, and directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh in Rochester, NY.

It’s 1975, and Saigon has fallen. He lost his wife. She lost her fiancé. But now, in a new land of Harleys, hot dogs, and Howdy! they just might find each other.

This modern twist on the classic boy-meets-girl story takes audiences on a hilariously rip-roaring adventure across 1970s America with a hot soundtrack that serves up hip-hop, sass and comic-book quick cuts.

 

The cast includes Andrew Cristi, Geena Quintos, Hansel Tan, and Kurt Uy. Performances September 28-October 24, 2021. For tickets and more information, 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 was 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 by Sharyn Rothstein at Arena Stage in Washington D.C.

 

"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 also tackled the role of Bloody Mary in the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival (now, REV Theatre Company) production of South Pacific

 

"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.

 

 

Film/TV:

Melody stars as Mary in Untold: This is My Story, which will have its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater on September 6, 2021. Several years in the making, Writer/Director Gina M. Garcia tells her inspiring true story in her feature film debut of the crime that triggered disturbing flashbacks to her childhood traumas, causing her to seek treatment for P.T.S.D. within the V.A. system. Gina's journey for the truth implodes her family and nearly takes her life. Also starring: Terri Ivens, Jennifer Rubin, Carlos Gomez and Civil Rights Attorney Gloria Allred. It is an official selection of the Dances With Films: LA Festival and Cinema Diverse Festival in Palm Springs. For more information on the film and screening dates and cities, click here.

 

Melody's latest television apearances! Melody 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. Check it out on the trailer.

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.