Thursday, March 7, 2013

NEWS ROUNDUP: Michael Park, Alley Mills, Jane Elliot, Y&R 40th, Nurse's Ball

AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Michael Park hits Broadway in "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof"
“In a play like this, the connections on stage are so emotional that if you were to even think about the audience being out there for a second, you would probably drop the ball,” Park said. “You have to keep the story afloat and that means more than any nerves that you might be having on any given night.”

After “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” closes, Park will take a couple of months off before travelling to Boston for a performance of “Tuck Everlasting” at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre. Park will play Pa Tuck in an adaptation of Natalie Babbitt’s classic novel. It will be directed and choreographed by Tony award-winner Casey Nicholaw (“The Book of Mormon”) and will run from July 28 through August 18.

Don’t Touch That Remote: TV Pilots Turn to Net, Not Networks
When Amazon sizes up the television marketplace, it sees opportunity. Internet-delivered TV, which until recently was unready for prime time, is the new front in the war for Americans’ attention spans. Netflix is following up on the $100 million drama HOUSE OF CARDS with four more series this year. Microsoft is producing programming for the Xbox video game console with the help of a former CBS president. Other companies, from AOL to Sony to Twitter, are likely to follow.

The companies are, in effect, creating new networks for television through broadband pipes and also giving rise to new rivalries — among one another, as between Amazon and Netflix, and with the big but vulnerable broadcast networks as well.

GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nurse's Ball 2013 coming soon
GH's Teresa Castillo ‏tweeted a photo from a Nurse's Ball dance rehearsal.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Looks Back on 40 Years of High Drama
For three weeks starting Monday, March 11, each Y&R episode will be prefaced by a brief on-camera interview with one of the show’s stars. “The videos are a love letter to longtime fans,” executive producer Jill Farren Phelps tells TVLine, “and will also help new viewers develop a greater appreciation for the fascinating history of these iconic characters.”

Behind the scenes at the Y&R cast photo shoot
A new cast photo to mark Y&R’s 40th anniversary was cause for reflection, celebration, and balloons.

Jane Elliot Talks GENERAL HOSPITAL's 50th, The 'Heady' Tracy Quartermaine
"It's such a privilege to be part of something for such a long time. It is the only place in the industry that you can do something like this unless you're Rod Stewart and you do your 97th album. But to go back in and play the same part and work with a lot of the same actors and work with a lot of the same crew, and have that kind of continuity? I've come in and out, and in and out, and in and out like four times, and I've lived other lives and I've gotten married and divorced and raised children and been on other shows... I have gotten to live this full, rich life, with this being the constant in my life... That I was lucky enough to be hired to play a part that would have this kind of longevity is miraculous."

B&B's Alley Mills and her husband, Orson Bean, became surprise witnesses at a wedding
“We asked them if they had friends or family with them and when they said they were all alone, we offered to be their witnesses,” commented Bean in an article in the Antigua Chronicle. “They were so thrilled, but we felt honored to be able to do this for them.”

Soap opera loving general delivers North Korean ultimatum
General Kim Yong Chol heads North Korea's "Reconnaissance General Bureau", the agency that leads intelligence operations in the South. Born in 1945, Kim has had spells in intelligence and in special forces. He met many times with his South Korean counterparts at talks in the early 2000s when relations between the two Koreas thawed and Washington and Pyongyang negotiated over the North's nuclear program.

It was at those meetings, according to people who were present, that he revealed his penchant for South Korean soap operas, banned for the most part in North Korea but nonetheless a staple of escapism for many in the isolated and impoverished country.

Sitting at military talks in 2007 at the truce village straddling the rival Koreas' heavily armed border, Kim baffled those at the table by using most of his opening remarks to talk about a South Korean soap opera he had recently seen.

1 comment:

  1. Gee - Spring is looking like a good time to take in Broadway to not just see Michael Park in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof but also catch fellow ATWT alums Billy Magnussen in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (at the John Golden Theatre) as well as Jake Silbermann in The Assembled Parties (at The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre)!