Mae Whitman & Carlos Valdes on Why the Songs Make the Story (VIDEO)
In New York Metropolis in 1999, two former strangers named Lindsay and Miguel fall in love and uncover that the only best impediment to discovering happiness collectively would possibly simply be themselves — and the recollections, obsessions, fears, and fantasies that lives inside their heads. These Up Here psychological gymnastics are expressed via music in Hulu‘s new musical sequence, streaming as of Friday, March 24.
Mae Whitman and Carlos Valdes convey these songs to life together with their merry band of musical gamers. With songs from the EGOT-winning musical duo behind Frozen (real-life married couple Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez), Up Right here is an emotional romp attending to the guts of what makes or breaks relationships.
The celebs sat down with TV Insider’s Kate Hahn throughout the Winter 2023 Television Critics Association Press Tour, sharing what makes the story so relatable and the way the emotional arc of Up Right here sticks the storytelling touchdown.
“I believe it’s at all times the mark of a very gifted storyteller when A) you could be humorous with out being imply, B) there’s actually tangible development in a personality, and C) the character is ready to communicate naturally — there’s what’s on the floor, after which there’s every part beneath, and it’s all stated by some means in all of the items that you just’re combining,” Whitman explains within the video interview above.
“[Writer Steven Levenson] wished to write down one thing the place you couldn’t have the present with out the songs, as a result of the story could be interrupted,” she provides. “That’s one thing that we actually wished from the start. It wasn’t like, ‘Take a look at this false factor!’ It’s only a completely different manner of expressing these moments and people fantasies now we have in our heads, ’trigger all of us have them! I believe combining it with having the vulnerability of those horrible insecurities and emotions and voices in your head with the fantastical notion of how wild your creativeness could be is a very thrilling and unusual and sophisticated situation.”
“Additionally the drama of individuals shaking up their lives and taking dangers on stuff,” provides Valdes. “It necessitates the bigness of musical therapy.”
Up Right here is predicated on the 2015 stage musical created by the Hulu sequence’ music duo. The forged options an thrilling group of musical theater vets reminiscent of two-time Tony winner Katie Finneran, Andréa Burns (Broadway’s Within the Heights), Brian Stokes Mitchell, Norm Lewis, Micaela Diamond, and Judy Kaye.
Study extra concerning the musical love story within the full video interview above.
Up Right here, Streaming now, Hulu