A trailer for Peacock's forthcoming comedy Girls5Eva gives a brief glimpse into the world of one-hit-wonder girl groups. The clip is only less than a minute long, but enough to excite fans of Tina Fey, who executive produced the show along with 30 Rock showrunner Robert Carlock and series creator Meredith Scardino. In it, actors Busy Phillips, Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and famed Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell relive their glory days on an otherwise empty stage. Though some may be looking for more clues about the show, the trailer is a delightful peek at the actors harmonizing about fame and why "forever is too short."
News of the musical sitcom about the fictional '90s stars who were given a second chance at superstardom was first announced in August. Bareilles' lead character, Dawn, is described as “a former member of Girls5Eva, who is now a bit restless in life managing her family’s small Italian restaurant in Queens.” Phillips, Goldsberry, and Pell round out the rest of the reunited girl group as characters Summer, Wickie, and Gloria, respectively.
In August, Bareilles told Variety, “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." She continued, "I am so excited to help bring to life what I will know to be a smart, creative, hilarious show with a lot of heart.” Girls5Eva is Bareilles’ TV comedy debut, however, the performer did show off her golden vocal chops on the small screen alongside John Legend for NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert broadcast in 2018.
Bareilles isn't the only Girls5Eva cast member who has portrayed a singing character on television. Phillips fans may remember her as Joey Potter’s free-spirited college roomie, Audrey Liddell, on Dawson’s Creek. Not only was Liddell a Worthington University college student, but she was also an aspiring singer.
Goldsberry and Pell are also accomplished singers in their own right. Goldsberry portrayed Angelica Schuyler in the Off-Broadway, Broadway, and filmed-for-TV production of Hamilton and has a Tony award to boot. In 2021, Pell, who crafted a memorable performance in Wine Country, told WNYC Studios’ Here’s The Thing that she held down a job “singing and dancing at a Florida theme park” before joining Saturday Night Live as a writer.
The premiere date of Girls5Eva is currently unknown, but let's hope it comes soon.