From executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (30 Rock), Peacock's satirical, star-studded musical-comedy series, Girls5eva, promises to be one of the most high-profile original programs on the newfound streaming service. Starring Sara Bareilles, Busy Philipps, Paula Pell, and Renée Elise Goldsberry as our titular girl group, this acclaimed sitcom is praised for its sharp writing, winning performances, and catchy tunes. If you're wondering why this musical ensemble looks familiar, we're here to help! Here's where you've seen the Girls5eva cast, including Ashley Park and Daniel Breaker.
Sara Bareilles (Dawn)
As Dawn, the most chill member of our titular girl group, Sara Bareilles plays the lead role in Peacock's Girls5eva. An acclaimed singer-songwriter, Bareilles wrote the Tony-nominated music behind Broadway's Waitress. She was also Tony-nominated for the music she contributed to Broadway's SpongeBob SquarePants. Furthermore, Bareilles won a Grammy for her single "Saint Honesty" from her 2019 album, Amidst the Chaos.
Additionally, Sara Bareilles was Emmy-nominated for her portrayal of Mary Magdalene in NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Also, the musician received two Emmy nominations for co-hosting the 72nd Tony Awards. Furthermore, Bareilles served as a judge on the third season of NBC's The Sing-Off. The artist can also be seen in 30 Rock, Community, Sesame Street, and Apple TV+'s Little Voice, which Bareilles co-created.
Busy Philipps (Summer)
In the role of Summer, the hottest member of Girls5eva, Busy Philipps plays one of the lead characters in this brand new comedy show. Prior to this streaming series, Philipps was notably known for her performances as Audrey Liddell in Dawson Creek, Laurie Keller in Cougar Town, Kim Kelly in Freaks and Geeks, and Dr. Hope Bobeck in ER. Additionally, Philipps can be seen in Vice Principals, Undeclared, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Drunk History. Furthermore, Philipps hosted E!'s talk show, Busy Tonight.
Additionally, on the big screen, Busy Philipps provided starring or supporting turns in White Chicks, Made of Honor, He's Just Not That Into You, The Smokers, Home Room, and I Don't Know How She Does It. Also, the actress appeared in Made in Cleveland, A Case of You, The Gift, and I Feel Pretty. Additionally, as a voice actress, she's heard in The Reef 2: High Tide. Outside of acting, Philipps received a story credit on Blades of Glory. She's also the author of the best-selling 2018 memoir, This Will Only Hurt A Little.
Paula Pell (Gloria)
Playing the part of Gloria, the workaholic member of the group, Paula Pell takes on one of the lead characters in Peacock's Girls5eva. Most notably, Pell was a long-standing, Emmy-winning SNL writer. She also produced and wrote for NBC's 30 Rock, where the actress played the role of Paula Hornberger. Additionally, Pell is the screenwriter behind Sisters (and she can be seen in the role of Dana). She also wrote episodes of A.P. Bio (where she plays Helen Henry Demarcus) and Camping. Furthermore, Pell created and starred in Quibi's short-lived Mapleworth Murders. She also wrote Netflix's Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine. Pell also starred in and wrote Hudson Valley Ballers.
Outside of writing, Paula Pell provided supporting turns in movies like Other People, Brother Nature, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. She can also be seen in shows like Love, Documentary Now!, Parks and Recreation, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Additionally, Pell can be heard in Inside Out, Bless the Harts, Big Mouth, and The Awesomes. Away from film and TV, the actress lent her voice to last year's Audible mini-series, Escape From Virtual Island.
Renée Elise Goldsberry (Wickie)
As Wickie, the fiercest member of the ensemble, Renée Elise Goldsberry plays a sharp personality in Girls5eva. Most notably, Goldsberry won a Tony for her outstanding performance as Angelica Schuyler in Broadway's Hamilton. Additionally, the actress appeared in the original Broadway cast of The Color Purple and she played Mimi Marquez in Rent. Her other Broadway credits include The Lion King and Good People.
Away from the stage, Renée Elise Goldsberry received two Emmy nominations for her role as Evangeline Williamson in One Life to Live. She also played Geneva Pine in The Good Wife, Defense Attorney Martha Marron in Law & Order: SVU, and Quellcrist Falconer in Altered Carbon. Her other TV credits include Ally McBeal and Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist. As a voice actress, she's heard in Fast & Furious: Spy Racers. Outside of TV, Goldsberry played supporting roles in Waves, Sisters, The House With a Clock in its Walls, Pistol Whipped, and Every Secret Thing. Earlier in her career, she starred in and composed All About You. Next, Goldsberry will be seen in She-Hulk.
Daniel Breaker (Scott)
In the role of Scott, Dawn's husband, Daniel Breaker provides a recurring character in Girls5eva. Most notably, Breaker played Donkey in Broadway's production of Shrek the Musical. His other Broadway credits include The Book of Mormon, Passing Strange, Well, Cymbeline, The Performers, and Hamilton. Away from the stage, Breaker provided supporting parts in Limitless, He's Way More Famous Than You, Sisters, and Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer. Additionally, the actor's notable television credits include playing Virgil in Amazon Prime's Mozart in the Jungle, Roger "Scooter" Dunbar in Showtime's Billions, and Agent Dunleavy in Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Breaker can also be seen in episodes of Helpsters, Submissions Only, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Jonathan Hadary (Larry Plumb)
Playing the part of Larry Plumb, the former manager of Girls5eva, Jonathan Hadary takes on another supporting character in this Peacock original series. Most notably, Hadary performed in Broadway productions of As Is, Gemini, Torch Song Trilogy, and Monty Python's Spamalot. Additionally, the theater actor was Tony-nominated for his starring role in 1989's production of Gypsy. Away from the stage, Hadary played Hoss in Adult Swim's The Heart, She Holler and Sherman Tanz in HBO's Veep. He can also be seen in Russian Doll, At Home with Amy Sedaris, Horace and Pete, and Sex and the City. Additionally, Hadary has appeared in Louie, Law & Order, Party of Five, and Miami Vice.
On the big screen, meanwhile, Jonathan Hadary provided supporting turns in Private Parts, A Time to Kill, Bait, Intolerable Cruelty, and Margaret. The esteemed character actor also appeared in A Simple Wish, The New Age, Montana, and Love the Hard Way.
Ashley Park (Ashley)
As Ashley, the fifth member of the girl group who kept the band together until her untimely death in 2004, Ashley Park adopts a tragic figure in this streaming series. Most notably, Park is celebrated for her Tony-nominated performance as Gretchen Wieners in Broadway's 2018 production of Mean Girls. Her other Broadway credits include 2015's The King and I revival, Mamma Mia!, Sunday in the Park with George, and Grand Horizons. Away from the stage, Park plays Mindy Chen in Netflix's Emily in Paris. The actress also appeared in Netflix's Tales of the City and Pop's Nightcap. Additionally, Park's film credits include Are You Joking? and Low Low. Last year, the stage performer appeared in Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical. Next, she'll be seen in Mr. Malcolm's List.
Erika Henningsen (Young Gloria)
In the role of Young Gloria, an earlier version of one of our leads in the show's flashback sequences, Erika Henningsen plays a blast from the past in Girls5eva. Most notably, Henningsen was seen in Broadway's Tony-nominated 2018 production of Mean Girls. Her other Broadway credits include Les Miserables and Flying Over Sunset. Away from the stage, Henningsen starred in short films like Interface, Bad Girls, and Wide Awake.
Dean Winters (Nick)
Playing the part of Nick, Dawn's brother, Dean Winters has a minor role in Peacock's Girls5eva. Most notably, Winters is known as the personification of Mayhem in several Allstate Insurance commercials. He also notably played Ryan O'Reily in Oz. Currently, Winters has a recurring role in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Additionally, the actor is known for his performances as Brian Cassidy in Law & Order: SVU, Johnny Gavin in Rescue Me, Dennis Duffy in 30 Rock, and Tony Silvercreek in Divorce. Additionally, Winters starred in the short-lived procedural drama, Battle Creek. His other TV credits include Wayne, Life on Mars, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Homicide: Life on the Street.
Away from television, Dean Winters provided supporting turns in John Wick, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Rough Night, Father of the Year, and Lost Girls. His other movie credits include Framing John DeLorean, Hellraiser: Hellseeker, P.S. I Love You, and After Everything. Recently, Winters appeared in Palmer. Next, the character actor stars in Christmas vs. The Walters, Street Justice, and Rites & Wrongs.
Andrew Rannells (Kev)
As Kev, Summer's long-distance husband, Andrew Rannells provides a guest role in Girls5eva. Most notably, Rannells was Tony-nominated for his leading role as Elder Price in Broadway's acclaimed 2011 production of The Book of Mormon. Later, the stage actor received his second Tony nomination for his performance in Broadway's 2016 production of Falsettos. Additionally, Rannells' other Broadway credits include Hamilton, Hairspray, Hedwig and the Angry Itch, Jersey Boys, and The Boys in the Band.
Away from the stage, Andrew Rannells is best known for playing Elijah Krantz in HBO's Girls. Also, the actor had a leading role in NBC's The New Normal. His other television credits include Black Monday, The Knick, Another Period, and How I Met Your Mother. As a voice actor, Rannells is heard in Big Mouth, Central Park, Welcome to the Wayne, Invincible, and Sofia the First. In film, he recently starred in The Prom and The Boys in the Band. Rannells can also be seen in The Stand-In. His other notable film credits include A Simple Favor, The Intern, Sex and the City 2, Bachelorette, and Why Him?
Tina Fey (Dolly Parton)
In the role of Dolly Parton, a fictionalized version of the singer-songwriter who appears in Dawn's imagination, executive producer Tina Fey plays a standout guest character in Peacock's Girls5eva. Most notably, Fey was a head writer and Weekend Update correspondent for SNL. She also created and starred in NBC's 30 Rock. Additionally, Fey co-created Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Away from television, Fey wrote and appeared in Mean Girls. The Emmy-winning writer also penned the 2018 Broadway adaptation, which scored a Tony nomination for the newfound playwright. The actress also starred in Date Night, Baby Mama, Sisters, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Wine Country, and Muppets Most Wanted. Additionally, Fey lent her voice to Megamind and Soul.
Most recently, Tina Fey co-created NBC's Mr. Mayor, which premiered earlier this year. She also produced, wrote for, and appeared in NBC's short-lived Great News. Her other film credits include This is Where I Leave You, Admission, The Invention of Lying, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Fey is also heard in the English dub for Ponyo.
Bowen Yang (Zander)
Playing the part of Zander, a major fan of Wickie, Bowen Yang provides a guest role in Girls5eva. Most notably, Yang is known for his Emmy-nominated work as a writer and performer on SNL. The actor's other TV credits include Awkwafina is Nora from Queens, The Outs, Broad City, High Maintenance, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Away from television, the performer briefly appeared in Isn't It Romantic. Next, Yang is signed on to write for the upcoming Apple TV+ musical-comedy series, Schmigadoon! Away from acting, the SNL comedian co-hosts the popular pop culture podcast, Las Culturistas.
You can stream Girls5eva on Peacock now.
Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
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