Friday, April 19, 2013

NEWS: DAYS OF OUR LIVES Stripping; First Look at CORONATION STREET's New Home; Rewrites For "The Assembled Parties"

The men of Salem come to the aid of Dr. Cameron
Davis (Nathan Owens).
Eric Martsolf and Galen Gering Strip for a Cause on DAYS OF OUR LIVES
[SPOILER ALERT] Martsolf (Brady) and Gering (Rafe) claim they had no problem shooting the soap's Magic Mike spoof airing April 23.

"DAYS brought in a choreographer who showed us a few choice moves, some of which are banned in certain countries," Martsolf tells TV Guide Magazine. "But Galen and I had no issues — certainly not after Passions where we'd take off our clothes for any mundane reason."

The men of Salem take part in the strip show to benefit Salem University Hospital but also to aid fellow stud Cameron Davis (Nathan Owens), who secretly moonlights as a stripper to pay his medical-school bills.

"There's nothing quite like taking off your clothes in front of Caroline Brady," says Gering of the character played by Peggy McCay.

Lifetime’s Jodi Arias Movie Casts LOST's Tania Raymonde As Arias, AS THE WORLD TURNS alum Jesse Lee Soffer As Travis Alexander
The will play the leads in Dirty Little Secret: The Jodi Arias Story, Lifetime‘s original movie about the tragic couple.

CORRIE's new 7.7 acre set.
First look at CORONATION STREET's new Salford home
Aerial pictures show the shell of the Rovers Return, Dev's corner shop, Norris Cole and Rita Sullivan’s Kabin and the still scaffolded Underworld knicker factory. And you can see work has started on Barlow’s Bookies and Dr Carter’s Medical Centre, too.

The Manchester-based soap’s top team of set designers have used 19 different types of brick, seven different types of mortar and have a mountain of cobbles on order. They will even fit Tyrone Dobbs’ yellow and blue stone cladding.

And while every care is being taken to keep the Street’s unique identity, there is one very big difference — size.

The new larger set is 7.7 acres. And the street will now be wide enough for two cars to drive down side-by-side.
Construction on the new set, based at MediaCityUK, is expected to continue until the end of this year.

Broadway's 'Assembled Parties' gets rewrites after Boston bombings
In response to Monday’s bombings in Boston, Tony-winning playwright Richard Greenberg made last-minute changes to his new play, "The Assembled Parties," before its Broadway opening on Wednesday. Three people have died and more than 170 were injured after two bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Greenberg voluntarily cut from the play both a negative reference to Boston as well as a reference to a bomb being built.

“The Assembled Parties,” a Manhattan Theatre Club production, is about a Jewish family on the Upper West Side of New York circa the 1980s and 2001. MTC's Lynne Meadow directs. It stars Tony Award winner Judith Light (“Other Desert Cities”) and Tony nominees Jessica Hecht (“Harvey”) and Jeremy Shamos (“Clybourne Park”).

"All of us involved in the production of “The Assembled Parties” were saddened by Monday's tragedy in Boston and have deep compassion for all who were affected," MTC artistic director, Lynne Meadow, told "In response to that event, playwright Richard Greenberg chose to cut one line from his play. He also chose to rewrite a brief description of an off-stage character who, as a college student in 1980, attempted to build a bomb."

The changes to the play were all made in Act 1. At one point, Shamos’ character, a Harvard graduate student, is asked how he likes the city of Boston. "There's something wrong with Boston, isn't there? But Cambridge is fun," he says. Later in the act, there's a reference to a student who got extra credit for building a bomb. Greenberg rewrote the scene in which the bomb-maker was raised.

Other cast members in the play include Obie Award winner Mark Blum (“Gus and Al”), Lauren Blumenfeld (“We Are Proud to Present…”), Jonathan Walker (“The Divine Sister”), as well as Alex Dreier (“Billy Elliot”) and Jake Silbermann (AS THE WORLD TURNS).

Peter Beale is returning to EASTENDERS with Ben Hardy taking over the role
peaking of his new role, Hardy said: “I’m really excited to be joining the fantastic cast of EASTENDERS – a show which my family have watched for years. I can’t wait to step into the shoes of a character with so much history and am looking forward to getting stuck in.”

EASTENDERS actress Charlie Brooks admits it is hard to get other work because of Janine Butcher typecasting
The EASTENDERS star, who returned to the show last night, admitted she finds it hard to get other work when she is not in the soap.

"I think there is typecasting and you probably do have to convince people that you can come out of a soap that you can be other things and be somebody else and it can be tough for us, but it is hard for an audience to see past it, especially for a character like mine, to see you as anything but Janine because I’ve played her for so long."

Review: Rocked by an alternate history in 'American Misfit'
"Eden Riegel supplies the closest thing to a “normal” perspective — and a stunning singing voice — as Little’s intellectual equal, who tolerates his excesses and lulls him into domestic complacency. "


  1. That quote by Galen Gehring about taking his clothes off in front of Caroline Brady is 2013's funniest yet!

    And speaking of Jake Silbermann, he'll be on BlogTalkRadio next Friday (4/26):

  2. Interesting article about the very highly praised The Assembled Parties! Thanks for posting. Looking forward to hearing Jake on BlogTalkRadio!