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GH Nurses Ball 2017: The Greatest Hits, The Hottest Numbers!

Daytime Emmy winner for Outstanding Drama Series, General Hospital, is getting ready to air its annual Nurses’ Ball episodes. It all kicks-0ff next Monday on the May 22nd episode of the ABC daytime drama series.

Extra’s Mario Lopez, will make a guest appearance during the “ball” episodes reporting from the gala’s red carpet! Will he get the names right of the citizens of Port Charles and whom will be on the arm of whom when they make their entrance?

This year the Nurses Ball will feature musical numbers honoring the late George Michael, and David Bowie. As well music by Billy Joel will also be on the docket.

Who will perform these numbers on stage?  Share your thoughts below.  But first, after the jump, watch the latest promo for “The Ball is Back!”

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James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I can’t wait. This is a favorite time of year for me on GH. I remember the ball in 2001 when tee shirts and little pins could be ordered. I got 2 sets because my partner I had at the time had wanted one. He loved the Nurses’ Ball too.

joseph
joseph

you said he loved the Nurses’ Ball too and your name is james so are you gay

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Yes I am.

Joseph Reeves
Joseph Reeves

r u to boyfriends

Steve
Steve

It’s 2017, why is any of this important?

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

I hope its not the same old male striptease and Lucy loosing her clothes whatever…put on a good variety show…dont know how writers…check out youtube…soaps here and abroad done variety moments in their shows that are good and entertaining…Days done them-wand were the best…Coronation Street old eps done them….i will wait and judge when i watch Monday!!!…please include Dr.O doing Greta Garbo…Corries Rita done in back in the 70s-she was good!!!…still it should had been a live show with fans calling in making donations and bidding on show props like Tracy’s portraits and that daggar Helena gave Alexis ect.,…show might had raise some money for a worthy cause!!!

Shay
Shay

Dr. O. and Helena should do a duet….Constance Towers is a trained opera singer and we already know that Kathleen Gati can deliver a blockbuster performance regardless of musical genre!

Rhonda
Rhonda

I can’t wait! But please, ABC, repeat the airing at midnight because another Trump shit storm is surely going to hit the fan.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Amen, Rhonda!

su0000
su0000

The past 3-4 years the Nurses Balls were disappointing.
They were were cute but nothing special..

The past 4 Nurses Balls reminded me of School Plays, a High School production of song and dance.

The writers, producer, directors really need to step up their productions, up into the 21st century entertainment.

The balls have been Cutesy and it’s always fun to see the actors showing off their talents, but whoa the balls are on the lame side of entertainment.
Perhaps this ball will be better ..Looking forward to the ball..

su0000
su0000

0ooooh oh !!

Jake will bring out the Death Canister out at the
nurses Ball as a magic trick…

Y&R..

Nell is going to need a kidney=== most likely from Michael..

It is all to obvious, sigh ..

Need new writers for both Y&R and GH…

Celia
Celia

Jske will make Helena appear from his magic box, with a snake’s ‘tail’ swinging under her ballgown. Surprise!!

su0000
su0000

hey there you are! hi Celia!

That would be entertaining and fun- a real laugh ..
I have not had a laugh not even a chuckle in years while watching GH (( that in itself is sad 🙁

good idea! LOL

Celia
Celia

How right you are, su!! You are usually right on the mark.

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

Helen will go all Hocus Pocus and the witch will sing,’I put a spell on you…and now you are mine!’…She will hypnotize the crowd who will try to kill each other-lol

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

Helena-sigh!

Celia
Celia

Oh, Jimmy…you never fail to entertain me with your visuals. And the song? How a’ propos!!

Suz tm
Suz tm

Just not interested in this. Lucy should not be involved and get rid of the male dancers, very tacky. Years ago it was great, not so much anymore

Steve
Steve

Lucy Coe is to the nurse’s ball what Steve Hardy was to General Hospital. As the founder of the ball, she’s earned the right to be there until her dying breath.

Shay
Shay

“Earned the right?” How? By stripping down to her undies every time, which gets more and more ludicrous with the passing years? Um, no thanks! I would much rather see the funds allocated for Lucy’s tired act to be directed to legacy character appearances by those who actually have performing talent like Rick Springfield…as himself, Noah or Eli Love!…or Jack Wagner, who despite that former Frisco fiasco on the 50th anniversary event, really should come back to Port Charles for at least a quick drop-in to visit Maxie and maybe even meet his granddaughter, Georgie!

Celia
Celia

Love, love, love Lucy!!

rose
rose

Steve…I’m with you on Lucy. And Robin showing up. Lucy might not be to everyones taste, or all of the acts. But if it wasn’t for her energy, and Sabrina, the Nurses Ball wouldn’t have been resurrected. Must admit I liked it better when “talent” was more homegrown, or at least had a history with GH, instead of importing others like Mario Lopez (nothing against him personally). But it is shaping up that Jake and his magic act may provide some “drama” to the Ball this year.

dmr
dmr

I love the Nurse’s Ball. I remember it way back in the day, during its heyday, when there was no expense spared (in the ’90’s). I just hope this year’s is not focused on that stupid scarecrow and chimera storyline that Monotone Sam, and Emotionless Jason, Elizabeth, Franco, and Jake are involved in. It’s SO boring and stupid. Let the kid do his magic tricks and move on to the next act!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Anna, Alex, Robert, Helena, Valentin are involved in the chimera story, as well. I can’t yet see how they all connect to it but it’s holding my interest…I guess we all assume Jake’s magic tricks will result in something strange or catastrophic. I’m into it! LOL…as far as GH “out-there” stories go. But you’re not the only one not into it. With all these stories, there doesn’t seem to be one consensus. Can’t be too easy for the writers to keep coming up with daily new happenings that work for all the people all the time. I’m actually curious to find out what it’s all about. Will it pay off? Fifty-fifty shot. I do think thought that it’s a perfect spot for Jake to do his magic. Now if he could make AJ appear I’d be happy!

dmr
dmr

I love AJ, too-Sean Kanan, not that short, wimpy, Billy Warlock-UGH! Seriously, I didn’t mind Sonny putting him on a meat hook, lol. I love Sean Kanan, though, and TPTB seriously screwed up his return.

Shay
Shay

@dmr…I hear you on AJ…and Sean Kanan, too!…But seriously, the character in the form of this particular actor will probably never again appear on GH…or at least as long as the present regime is in charge. You see, not only did AJ leave Port Charles on an extremely sour note, but our Sean committed the cardinal sin of repeatedly appearing on the Fox News network to intelligently discuss politics and eventually endorse a certain presidential candidate, who um, how shall I put this???? Well, HE won! Need I say more? (Check it out on YouTube if you don’t believe me!) I’m also surmising that at least a few other favorite ex-leading legacy males won’t be making any future guest shots on GH for their similar political proclivities, and no, I shall not name names.

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

Long Live George Michael
I can’t wait to see who pays tribute
TO him! The main reason I’m watching this year’s ball episodes

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

What I always amusing (in a ridiculous sort of way) is that there are typically no more than about 20 people in the audience, sitting at no more than 6 tables. And it’s supposed to be this massive fundraiser…

As others have noted, yes, the male striptease is pretty stale and lame.

On a related note, as much as I love Lucy — hmmm, wouldn’t make a great name for a sitcom — is she still going to end up in her underwear in her 70s?

I am not a fan of lip synching…

Steve
Steve

Too bad they couldn’t think of a creative way to fill the tables? A contest for viewers, maybe?

The striptease is stale. As long as Lynn Herring looks as great as she does, keep it up. Eventually, TPTB will bring on Serena, who can take over for her mother.

rebecca1
rebecca1

It didn’t used to be like that Jamesj75. Budget cuts…sigh. Used to be a full house with most of our characters. A few years ago it was just a few tables with fillers and extras…barely a recognizable face! Last year at least they paid to have the actual cast at the tables! Let’s see who they come up with this year. Hoping it’s not Richard Simmons….

Patrick
Patrick

“someone” POSTED ???? last year the year before… the BEST idea ; yet

@GH fill that ballroom with FANS… loud festive hollah all the time partay

su0000
su0000

hi Jamesj75 ..

Yes! About the ”striptease”
If they are going to do that then they should do it right or not at all.
Never do anything halfway–
They either strip or not, if not its just silly nonesense and not a stripease..

You are right– I’ve said it too.. the Ball is rather ”lame” a high school stage show performance. LOL

but– still fun to see the actors strutting their talents. I like that.
hey! this year the ball might be spectacular ! ((bawaahaa)
it’s nonetheless something different to see and that is good thing!

— Celia has a great plan for Helena, above… 🙂 if only huh,,

Celia
Celia

Hi, James,
I have one wish……to have Lucy Coe’ s body when I’ m seventy. LOL.
And, for my husband to have Sonny’s stamina. I want my husband to take what Sonny’s taking.
WOW…one after the other ‘interludes’! DOUBLE LOL.
Later, my friend.

Debra m
Debra m

I am so looking forward to the Nurses Ball,at the same time worried the show will be again interupted with Trumps latest charade. Hope somehow ABC will be able to show the full shows later at night because somehow I have this feeling the show will be interrupted next week with whatever Trump. I always look forward to the Nures’s Ball every year!

gh'er
gh'er

It’s time to move on from Magic Milo or seriously change that routine.
It’s the same thing, just different color …..pants.

Celia
Celia

Magic Milo? The Incredible Hulk? All he needs is green paint. Ugh!!
I like Shay’s idea. Real-honest-to-goodness entertainment by real entertainers, with a splash of witchcraft, as su0000 suggests. Yeah!!

Shay
Shay

Hey, CeeCeeGirl…I think both Helena and Dr. O. could provide all the “magic” and “witchcraft” necessary! They would make for a dynamic—and diabolical—duo!

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Hiyah, Shaybelle.
Wouldn’t a duet with Liesl and Helena be perfectly imperfect ( pardon the oxymoron)?????
Oh, yeah…bats, gargoyles and inverted crosses floating around their heads. LOL.
Sorry, for not answering sooner, Shay…..for some reason I am not receiving ‘soap’ emails in my inbox. So, it’s hit or miss. I apologize in advance if I miss some of your replies, amica cara.

Shay
Shay

Not at all, CeeCeeGirl! As if we don’t already miss each other enough when our posts are “disappeared!” LOL….But, yes, an Helena and Liesl a deux performance would be a match made in h#!!…..utterly devilish, not to mention a real meeting of the minds….and immense innate talent, to boot!

RM
RM

What is the song Valentin sang at the Nurses Ball?

Monica H
Monica H

And so it goes by Billy Joel. He did a great job.

Monica H
Monica H

Watching the Nurse’s Ball this week. It looks like most of the singers are lipsynching. What’s up?

Sue X.
Sue X.

What song did Joclynn sing at the nurses ball.

Cat Holland
Cat Holland

I guess I was the only one disappointed that the Magic Milo Act not performed in 2017. Was the only act I was really looking forward to! Kudos to the Valentin, though, at least I got solace in that act.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’ As Ava Learns The Devastating Truth About Ryan

Last week on key episodes of General Hospital, the truth was finally out that Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) was masquerading as his twin brother, Dr. Kevin Collins, and that Ava Jerome (Maura West) was an unsuspecting victim in all of this.  As the week began, Ryan and Ava had gone over the bridge, but Jason (Steve Burton) was able to save Ava and pull her back to the bridge, and that set the stage for a powerhouse series of performances by West.

On the bridge with Laura (Genie Francis), who is trying to make Ava comprehend the harsh realization that she has been with a serial killer this entire time, and not the real Kevin (Jon Lindstrom), Ava doesn’t believe what Laura is attempting to tell her.  She believes that Kevin had a mental breakdown.  Laura explains to Ava that Kevin is at General Hospital, while Ryan has been posing as him.  In Ava’s version of the situation, she thinks the switcheroo happened in the last 48 hours when Ryan wanted to whisk her away to be married.  Laura then tells Ava that Ryan switched places with Kevin months ago, and she has never been with Kevin.

It is a horrifying reality for Ava to grapple with as she insists that Kevin loves her.  However, moment by moment, Ava can no longer deny that harsh truth that is right in front of her.  She had sex with her daughter Kiki’s murderer the night she was killed, and she has been sleeping with the wrong man this entire time.

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In heartbreaking scenes, Maura, along with another wonderful performance by GH icon, Genie Francis, illustrated the raw pain and devastation of a woman who has been so blindsided by love, violated, and deceived all at the same time.  The scene where Laura holds Ava on the bridge as she collapses with anguish was soap gold.  But, never underestimate Ava Jerome!  You know she will get her payback.

In another episode, a now drunken Ava heads to the GH to see Kevin for herself, but finds Franco (Roger Howarth).  First, she blames Franco, then he makes her understand that it was Ryan who murdered people and deceived everyone.  He was just helping the PCPD snuff out the serial killer.   She tells Franco that Ryan made her feel like a goddess and that he worshipped her and helped her in her time of need following Kiki’s death.  Ava tells Franco that she hopes Ryan’s still alive so she can kill him herself!

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And still in another moment, Ava runs into the real Kevin in the hospital hallway.  Ava loses her grip and slaps him in the face accusing him of killing her daughter.  Scott (Kin Shriner) pulls her off Kevin, and tries to get her to understand that Kevin was in surgery at GH when she was with Ryan in Niagara Falls.

Sitting down with Ava, Kevin apologizes for what Ryan did to her and everyone else.  Kevin thinks she needs to speak with a therapist, but not him and he will recommend someone.  Later, alone in the hospital corridor, Ava sees a poster of Kevin Collins and rips it to shreds as Scott comes by to calm her down. She sinks to the floor in sorrow over Kiki’s death, and how she ended up falling for Ryan.

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Scene after scene, moment after moment, you can’t get better than West.  Ava is a delicious complex character, who has been so unlucky at love, is so flawed, and at times so revenge-filled, and yet in the hands of the oh-so-skilled and talented Maura West, she has humanized Ava, so that we can’t help root for her to get back on her feet after she falls so far down, so we can witness what trouble she will stir up next.   All of this to say: Michael Fairman TV names GH’s Maura West the ‘Power Performance of the Week”.

So, what did you think about of Maura’s performances on  GH? Did Ava finding out the truth about Ryan live up to everything you hoped it would be? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Bryan Craig Talks Javi In ‘Grand Hotel’, Recasting GH’s Morgan, And His Post-Daytime Career

When Grand Hotel finally makes its highly-anticipated debut this summer (Monday night, June 17th) on ABC, soap opera fans will see some very familiar faces in primo roles as this sudsy drama, based on the Spanish series Gran Hotel, tells the story of a family-owned hotel in Miami, the people who run it, and all of the secrets they keep from one another.

Brought to you by executive producers Eva Longoria and Ben Spector, the show explores the family dynamic of the Mendoza family. Longoria herself will play a mother in four episodes of the show, as well.

General Hospital fans will take note that Daytime Emmy-winner, Bryan Craig (Ex-Morgan Corinthos) is front and center in the cast as Javi Mendoza, the troubled son of the family who has some major obstacles in front of him.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Craig during the recent ABC TCA’s Press Tour for the network to get some insight into his new role, how he would feel if GH would recast the role of Morgan (he recently propped up former DAYS star Billy Flynn as a potential viable candidate) and what it has been like post-daytime in his burgeoning career in film and TV.  Here’s what he had to say about his TV life past and present.

What has this experience been like for you taping the episodes of Grand Hotel and working with such a stellar cast?

BRYAN:  It’s been incredible   It feels like it went by so fast.  It’s an awesome group of people.  We’ve got a fun show.

How would you say your character of Javi Mendoza stacks up against GH’s Morgan Corinthos?

BRYAN:  I think it’s one of the most layered characters that I’ve ever played.  There’s a lot going on with Javi.  He has a big disability, kind of like Morgan did.  It’s a physical disability, and there are a lot of challenges that come along with that.  He also has a substance problem.  So, some of the same issues and in the same world that Morgan was in.  Javi is a very troubled character, but he is also a lot of fun, and a ladies’ man … and sleeps with a lot of women! (Laughs)

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Do you think the audience will care for Javi, though?  

BRYAN:  Oh yeah, one hundred percent.  He was written in a very kind-hearted manner.  He’s a great guy, who has had a tough life.

Did they put you through a audition process to nab the role in Grand Hotel?

BRYAN:  They had read hundreds and hundreds of people for this role.  I came in at the tail end of it, and then the process went pretty quickly.  I read once, and the next think I knew, I was in a room with Eva Longoria and director, Ken Olin.  Then two days later, I was testing with Eva, and then I got the call that I had the part.

You’re a part of the core family, the Mendozas, on Grand Hotel, and on GH, you were part of the Corinthos clan.  How do the family dynamics stack-up?

BRYAN:  It’s pretty special.  There are a lot of similarities.  It feels like we have kind of shifted GH into prime-time.  In Grand Hotel, we have Demián Bichir, who plays Santiago Mendoza, and he is my Sonny Corinthos now.   They gave us a very heavy, heavy storyline … just like they gave Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) and me.   So, I think the fans are really going to buy into it.   ABC, (I think) wanted to marry that bond a little bit, and I feel it was very apparent in the writing.  This network has been very good to me.

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Did you know that your co-star Denyse Tontz was in Prospect Park’s All My Children reboot as Miranda Montgomery and had a soap past, as well?

BRYAN:  Yes! I did know that.  Denyse plays my sister on Grand Hotel and we work together a lot on the show.  There were quite a few people on the show who came from soaps.  Even some guest stars who came in were big in soap at points.

So, this kind of all  worked out for you!  You left General Hospital, and landed a major primetime series, plus your other movie roles!

BRYAN:  It was a scary move, but it worked out.  I did a few things; a couple of movies, and I did a show for CW for a while, and then this.  So, it’s been back-to-back.  I’ve been fortunate.

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How would you feel if General Hospital, ultimately, recast the role of Morgan?

BRYAN:  You know, if it was to behoove the show, then so be it.   I feel like it was a pretty nice end for me there, but I can’t sit here and be selfish and be like, “I’m the last person who could play that role!”  Would that be awesome?  I mean, yeah!  But, who knows?  They’ve got to do what’s best for the show.

GH’s Maurice Benard had great story in 2018 with the Alzheimer’s storyline involving Sonny’s dad, Mike Corbin (Max Gail).  Had you been checking it out at all?

BRYAN:  I know!   I do keep up with Maurice a lot.   We are good friends.

To remind those who have not seen the trailer to Grand Hotel check it out below.  Will you be watching Bryan in his exciting new role on Grand Hotel? Will you be OK with a Morgan recast on GH, or hope the show will wait for Bryan to return one day? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Is Trapped With A Serial Killer

Ava Jerome (Maura West) got an eyeful on Thursday’s episode of General Hospital when she finds Carly (Laura Wright) gagged and knocked out in the trunk of “Kevin’s” (Jon Lindstrom) car.  Just then, Carly begins to open her eyes, but Ava is stunned when she finds “Kevin” standing behind her.   When Ava is trying to process what she just saw and her groom’s reaction to the sight of Carly in the truck of his car, he tosses it off, and lets her know he has a handle on everything and to go back to their motel room and wait for him.

Later, in their motel room in Niagara falls, Ava considers calling 911, but in that moment decides against, and begins to think that “Kevin” has had a mental breakdown as he has in the past.  When he shows up, “Kevin”asks Ava to trust him,  But when Ava asks why Carly was in the trunk of his car, he responds that it’s a wedding gift for his bride-to-be.

Meanwhile, the manhunt is on for Ryan Chamberlain as the real Kevin Collins has now been admitted to General Hospital.  Chase (Josh Swickard) fills Lulu (Emme Rylan) in on what is going down and she finally remembers it was Ryan, not Franco (Roger Howarth), who stabbed her, and she was his victim when Ryan hypnotized her to believe Franco was the serial killer.

Laura (Genie Francis)is on her way to Niagara Falls with Jason (Steve Burton), who is going to find Carly and bring her home as he is worried sick about his best friend.  Cameron (William Lipton) who is in the Falls with Joss (Eden McCoy)and Oscar (Garren Stitt), who has had a major seizure, runs into Ryan, but doesn’t know it, until he has a phone call with Liz  (Rebecca Herbst) who fills him in that Franco is not the murderer, but Ryan is.  Cameron has the tip to help all, with the name of the motel where Ryan is at.  Liz phones Laura and she and Jason head off to find the motel..

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When Jason and Laura arrive at the cabin, Laura stays in the car as Jason grabs his gun and heads to Ryan’s room.   When an unnerved Ava tries to  tell “Kevin” that he must let Carly go and bring her back to Port Charles safely before they get married, he informs  Ava there is nothing for her to worry about.  He has already taken Carly five miles east of the motel.  Next thing you know, the scene transitions to a shot of Carly lifeless on the ground.  We go back to Jason, who kicks down the  door to Ryan’s room with his gun drawn.

So, what did you think of Ava’s reaction to a kidnapped Carly in the trunk of Ryan’s car? What will happen when Ava realizes she is with Ryan Chamberlain? Share your thoughts as this story heads to its major conclusion, or is it?

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