Mae Whitman To Star In Hulu Musical Series ‘Up Here’

Mae Whitman has signed on to star in Up Here, a musical romantic comedy series in development at Hulu. The show is set in 1999 New York, and follows a couple as they fall in love and struggle to keep their relationship afloat.

However, the main obstacles in their relationship aren’t necessarily what’s going on outside, but instead their inner wants, needs, and dreams for what a healthy romantic relationship with another person means to them that might just be their downfall. The series intends to combine the power of comedy and romance with the beloved Broadway-esque flair of musicals.

Steven Levenson (Tick Tick…Boom!, Dear Evan Hansen) will write the show alongside Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (The Carmichael Show).

Hamilton‘s Thomas Kail will direct, while songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Frozen, WandaVision) will write original music for the series. Hulu have certainly got some impressive musical talent on board for the show.

Whitman began her career as a child actor, appearing in such 90s films as Independence Day, When A Man Loves A Woman, and One Fine Day.

She’s since gone on to star in over 100 episodes of Parenthood and also had key roles in Arrested Development and Netflix series Good Girls. On the film side, she’s starred in movies such as The DUFF and Operator.

With the musical genre making a bit of a comeback, this show makes sense for Hulu. We’ll see what kind of audience it can pull in. There’s no word yet on who Whitman’s co-lead will be. Production on Up Here is expected to begin in New York this summer.


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