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General Hospital Previews Their Nutcracker Gala With First Look Photos!

Photo Credit: ABC

Photo Credit: ABC

Christmas is coming to Port Charles, and many of the citizens of the town will be attending The Nutcracker Gala to benefit Toys for Tots!

The upcoming event will begin airing on the December 21st episode of the ABC daytime drama series, General Hospital.

The episodes team GH with Toys for Tots to bring awareness to the annual Christmas drive by the organization. Featured in some first look photos released from ABC are series stars: Tyler Christopher (Nikolas), Roger Howarth (Franco), Rebecca Budig (Hayden), Leslie Charleson (Monica), Robert Palmer Watkins  (Dillon), Kirsten Storms (Maxie) , Haley Pullos (Molly), William deVry (Julian), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Vinessa Antoine (Jordan).  The musical special guest for the Nutcracker Gala is none other than soul songstess Indie Arie!

So, what do you think will happen during the gala?  Will it be a night of celebration and good will, or will it turn into a drama-filled evening?  Check out a few more photos after the jump, and then let us know how you think the gala will turn out!

 

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Mister Media
Mister Media

It will be both a night of celebration and a drama-filled evening. I suspect it will herald the return of Robin or Scorpio or both. What a great cast! There are some heavy hitters in that group photo. And it’s all for a good cause. Long live GH!

Nancy
Nancy

Can’t wait. Love my GH!!!

Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

It’s a soap, if an event goes smoothly something would be very wrong in regard to writing! Lol My money is on Tracey /Monica mayhem. Then of course Franco will bust out the popcorn and maybe throw fuel in that fire.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Looks good…good they included Monica… good cause…

Shay
Shay

True enough, jimh……but here is our fantabulous “Dr. O.?”

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe she will make an unexpected appearance with Krampus but unfortunately that is something Ron C. might have done…i still have my fingers crossed!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hey, Shay, my love: off topic, but, I saw your much loved JULIE BERMAN on CHICAGO MED tonight. I think she may be a regular. Later.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee…..So, what did you think of “Real LuLu?” I’m sure JMB’s character on CHICAGO MED is vastly different from the bold and blonde streetwise offspring of the legendary Luke and Laura that she portrayed on GH, but could you envision her in her original role, and see why we still pine for her version of Lesley Lu Spencer???? The difference between her spunky, gritty “Cupcake,” and the porcelain-perfect princess played by Emme Rylan is like day and night. (That’s no knock on Rylan’s talents….I actually like her presence, I simply cannot reconcile her more refined demeanor with being Luke’s once so spirited and scrappy little girl.) I’ll tell you one thing, CeeCeeGirl….JMB’s canny Lulu would have NEVER tolerated Val-Chops moving in on her man….she would have seen her coming a mile away and stopped her cold in her tracks! Fact!

Shay
Shay

That should be “where!”

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hey, ShayGirl.
I actually caught a few episodes of GH with Julie as Lulu. From the little I was given, I truly liked her a lot. I do hope you will catch her on CHICAGO MED…..she plays a highly skilled doctor, Toni Zannetti by day, per se, LOL. But, by night, the audience was given a very sexy, revealing scene …..lacy, black intimates and all, with her favorite guy.
I won’t compare her with Emme, since as yourself, I love Rylan. Each is beautiful in her own way. I guess I identify with Emme; same hair and stature; but a bit more endowed, I am, lol.
Dr. Zannetti surely knows how to turn her male counterparts heads. And, I am sure you’re right. She would have given Valerie the one-two and a left hook by now. ‘Nite, babes.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Should read, ‘male counterparts’ heads…’.

Shay
Shay

@jimh…I do believe the Krampus left the GH building with Ron C….but hopefully, Liesl will come up with another wonderfully cringeworthy antic to crash the Christmas festivities! And she’d better perform at least one number, if not two….a campy and comical opening and a fitting, beautiful song of the season to close the show. Kathleen Gati’s Dr. O. can convincingly do both types of presentations, and it would be a shame not to utilize her versatile talents to the utmost.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

She has a lovely voice…i do hope the new writers use her…she could recite the alphabet and id be happy!

Shay
Shay

So true, jimh! KG is multi-talented….comedy, drama, tragedy or the absurd….she’s on top of it, no matter the task at hand! Whilst I love her musical numbers, I especially enjoy when Dr. O. lets loose in German….now if she did the alphabet in her “native tongue,” it would be an absolute hoot!

Harry
Harry

Well, I am happy to see Monica and Tracy anyway.
Franco and Nina? Square pegs in round holes–they don’t fit and they have zero chemistry. I wish they’d stop trying to make these two work, give up and call it a day. In other words, Bah Humbug!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Bah humbug indeed Harry. yay to the Franco and Nina! Love those crazy “kids!”

Rodd
Rodd

I agree. I love Franco and Nina together.

Shay
Shay

So very well put, Harry! I’m in total agreement about Monica and Tracy….those glammed-up vets are putting their less-elegant counterparts to shame, and your most excellent “square-peg” analogy is absolutely spot-on!!! In fact, it could apply to at LEAST a half-dozen other characters on the current GH canvas, as well! (I know you know to whom I’m referring…..)

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thanks Rodd. I think there are a lot of us in the silent majority who have grown to enjoy and care about this not-too-hard-on-the-eyes duo…these two lost souls who found each other…the development and evolution of each to fiercely loving and loyal. They add heart. Would like to see them more integrated somehow…perhaps with the their new espective jobs.

su0000
su0000

I LUV FRANCO & NINA!!
the most unique couple, ever..!
I am enthralled when they are on screen !

Matilda
Matilda

Yup Harry, Toys for Tots and Franco, what could be more perfect.

Frank will never stop with Franco, he thinks he’s Todd and he thinks GH fans really care about Roger Howarth, wanting to see him more than GH characters and actors that they have loved for years. Hasn’t been the case yet and it’s not going to happen.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Matilda. Bite your tongue, now!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yup, Harry. Square pegs. But, that’s what makes them interesting to me. Besides, those round holes? Well, they should be square….all’s well with the soap world with Nina and Franco in it. TaTa…..lol.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@AJQ.
Hi,
Now, that would be unrealistic, would it not….tuning in just for Franco, that is. I, for one, love my Roger/Franco; by the same toke, I definitely do not watch BECAUSE of him. C’mon! Give those of us who are Franco/Nina fans some credit.

edie bailey
edie bailey

So glad to see Franco & Nina featured in a Port Charles party arc. They are pure magic, just wish they would be allowed to consummate their relationship. The waiting time on this has been totally ridiculous.
Never watched GH until Roger Howarth brought Todd Manning to Port Charles and I do wish he could still be Todd–but Roger has done wonders with the challenge of humanizing Franco. Love his work with Kiki, too. Indeed, I only tune in and really watch the Franco episodes. Hoping that Franco & Nina enjoy a lot of overdue romantic scenes, complete with mistletoe and ring in a happier 2016 with champagne. We need more Franco who deserves much more airtime!!!

AJQ
AJQ

Lol! Franco deserves more airtime. When he got all the air time in August the ratings plummeted from the already all time lows. The demo fell from the 450-460K range of june/july to below 400K, down to 369K and 380K on successive weeks.

As soon as Franco was gone and dropped to two episodes in September, the ratings rebounded to where they were before the August of Franco.

If people are tuning in just for Franco, then it begs the question of how many tune out when he’s on and the answer is a lot.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Port Charles.

Charday
Charday

Great to see “Monica” (Leslie Charleson) back. The hairstylists need to work on her hair–it’s too flat.

su0000
su0000

Toy’s for Tots is cool and needed..
but– most everywhere I go is collecting toys for the children..
It would have better imo if it were for the homeless ..
mothers and their children sleeping in cars and under bridges.. they need shelter/food/and a Christmas, too ..

Amyways.. it looks like a fun affair..

CeeCee
CeeCee

What a very noble and altruistic thought, su. Believe me, there are a million and one charities taking care of the homeless. In my neck of the woods, things are speeding up as we speak. We try our best for needy families to get a decent meal, especially at Christmas.
I would like to point out, su, that every child needs to receive a toy. His/her joy is priceless to watch….what is Christmas without a toy for a child? Mentally and emotionally, makes these kids feel worthy; gives them a sense of belonging; makes them feel loved. Peace on earth, my friend!!

su0000
su0000

hi CeeCee,,
All the big retailers as Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target, Costco, Toys r Us and the list goes on and on, all donate a truck load of toys for tots, also..
Most every organisation donates toys…
It is HUGE the toys donations.. HUGE! there is more than enough toys for the tots..
I still would rather that much help went to the homeless, they greatly suffer..

CeeCee
CeeCee

@su.
I understand, su. But, I have first-hand knowledge of how much effort is put into feeding, helping or sheltering the homeless. The sad part, su, is that most of them do not want to be helped. They do show up for a meal; they do show up for shelter on freezing nights; but, an overwhelming many slip out as silently as mice. There are, however, those who are more than willing to be ‘rescued’. We never give up, su…..
The children are our future. Regardless, I would never let a child suffer; not if I could help it. My hand is always open…palm up!!

Guest
Guest

Where are ALL the VETS!! This is ridiculous! Lucy & Kevin, Mac& Felicia, Anna, Jason, Sam, Laura, Scott,etc… That does not look like much of a Gala.. smh

Soapluv2010
Soapluv2010

It’s premature to start whining. We have no idea who will be at the event. It’s just one picture. No one said those cast members are the sum total of the attendees. Besides, Lucy and Kevin are not on the show at this time. Same for Scott and Felicia. They’re not in any current story and it’s a holiday celebration not a reunion.

Tracy’s dress is amazing! Monica looks absolutely lovely. Same for Laura. She shed 10 years right along with all those pounds and looks fabulous. Glad she signed a contract with GH before Y&R came sniffing around again.

Helen Conboy
Helen Conboy

There is always drama when PC throws a party & this one will be no exception. I bet Liz shows up & there will be fire works btw Sam Carly & Monica. Also I’m so mad that GH did not include Ric in this. Can he have at one holiday celebration with his daughter Molly. At least I hope his name his mentioned & after this Rick Hearst (Ric) gets back on screen with a story & a love interest. It’s long overdue for him.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I agree Helen. I like Rick.

Timmm
Timmm

This is nice to see. It gives the cast another chance to shine and show off other talents. Indie Arie does nothing for me. Since its such a great cause I bevel they could have scored someone like Barry Manilow or Michael Buble? Anyway, TFT is a great charity and it would have been nice to see GH get a prime-time spot to air their show and have a live call center for donations? BUT, this is just me thinking out loud, I’m not complaining about ANY of this and cannot wait to see that Frank has lined up? I hope they do this every year. Oh, one other thing, since this is a charitable event for kids I hope they let Emma, Spencer and Cam do a number together.

Mary
Mary

Where is Genie Francis

Bonnie
Bonnie

This was their charity of choice last year, with the multiple plugs. This will be different, I imagine a sub for the NB

Rodd
Rodd

Remember folks, these are “first look” photos and don’t show everyone that may be in the episode. Enjoy the pictures and look forward to more and watching the episodes. Theses are just teasers.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I hope that this, much like the Nurses’ Ball, because an annual event.

Debbie
Debbie

I am happy to see Leslie Charleson involved in this celebration. I have missed seeing Monica on screen. It will be a real treat seeing her and Tracy!

Charday
Charday

I’m still waiting for the scene where Monica confronts Sonny for murdering AJ!!!

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

Charday, I totally agree. The Qs should make it their mission to destroy Sonny.

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