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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
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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
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joseph

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

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Yes I am.

Joseph Reeves
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Joseph Reeves

r u to boyfriends

Steve
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Steve

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

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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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… Read more »

Shay
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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
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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
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Jamesj75

Amen, Rhonda!

su0000
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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
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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
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Celia

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

su0000
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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
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Celia

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

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

Helena-sigh!

Celia
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Celia

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

Suz tm
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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
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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
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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
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Celia

Love, love, love Lucy!!

rose
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

dmr
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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
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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!)… Read more »

Allen Saint James
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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RM

What is the song Valentin sang at the Nurses Ball?

Monica H
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Monica H

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

Monica H
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Monica H

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

Sue X.
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Sue X.

What song did Joclynn sing at the nurses ball.

Cat Holland
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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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Kin Shriner Celebrates 45-Year Milestone as General Hospital’s Scott Baldwin

What would General Hospital be without Kin Shriner, who has always played Scott Baldwin to the hilt with unique style and acting chops? Today on August 2nd, Kin marks his 45th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, and the series just would never be the same without his four decades plus of performances, making him an enduring fan favorite.

Shriner debuted on GH back on this date in 1977.  Scott’s love story with Laura (Genie Francis) would begin to set a new trajectory for GH. Later, when Laura married Luke (Tony Geary) in 1981, and Scott made a shocking appearance at the reception and caught the bouquet, the character turned to the dark side which started a new era of story for Scott/Laura/Luke and more.

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Scott is the stepson of attorney, Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and Dr. Gail Adamson (the late Susan Brown); although through the years they tangled over differences, the family loved and cared for one another.

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In more recent years, Scott’s legal eagle courtroom antics are always a must-see for viewers, as well as any time Shriner gets to show Scott’s emotional side, such as the time he learned his son Franco (Roger Howarth) had died.

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Kin’s scenes with his current on-screen love interest, Kathleen Gati (Liesl) are always a delight for GH fans, as well.

In addition to his General Hospital run, Shriner appeared as Scott in the GH spinoff; Port Charles from 1997-2000 and again in 2001.

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Share your congratulations to Kin on his 45th anniversary in the comment section, and then let us know what has been your favorite Scott Baldwin scene through the years. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out our interview last year with Kin on the Michael Fairman Channel below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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Tony Dow, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘General Hospital’ Alum, Still Alive But in ‘Last Hours’ Despite Reports On His Death

UPDATED:  Since the original posting of this article, Tony Dow has now passed away.  On Wednesday, July 27th his son, Christopher confirmed his death on Facebook sharing: “Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey.  We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best—“It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.”’

The original post below is the story on how Tony’s wife, Lauren Dow, had shared that her husband was still alive after erroneous news articles on his death were premature:

Lauren Dow, the wide of Tony Dow, best-known of his role of Wally Cleaver – the All-American older brother of “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) on the TV sitcom, Leave it to Beaver, shares that he is still alive amid previous reports of his passing early today.

Earlier, Tony’s management team had posted news of Dow’s death at the age of 77 on a Facebook post, but that has since been taken down.

Now comes word from Lauren to ABC7 in Los Angeles, that her husband is still breathing, but is in hospice care in their home.  She admitted that based on some health issues that happened overnight, she inferred that Tony had passed away when she informed people close to her and the family.

However, Dowd’s son Christopher confirmed to PEOPLE that his father, “is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.”

Daytime fans recall that Tony played the part of Ross Jeanelle on General Hospital back in the mid-70’s.   On GH, Ross was investigating the murder of Dr. Phil Brewer and in story, Ross also dated nurse Beth Maynard, who was the sister of Diana Taylor.

Some of Dow’s other TV credits included: Adam-12, Mod Squad, Emergency, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote plus he directed numerous TV episodes.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Tony Dow and his family via the comment section.

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