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GH's Jason Thompson Shares The Inspiration Behind Writing Patrick & Emma's Nurses Ball Tune: "Nothing I Can't Do" Now Available on iTunes!

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All the rage since Monday’s episode of General Hospital’s Nurses Ball part two was the adorable and touching musical performance by Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) and his daughter Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer).

At the ball, the father/daughter duo took to the stage with guitars in hand and performed the tune: Nothing I Can’t Do!  And if you listened to the lyrics it was the perfect song knowing the history of these characters.  And, who can forget Grandma Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) shedding a tear watching her granddaughter perform the song so well!

But what fans didn’t know until today was that Jason Thompson actually wrote the music and the lyrics, and the arrangement for the duet.  It was recorded by GH’s musical director, Paul Glass, and the song is  also now available on iTunes!

So, how did it come about that Jason crafted this tune for the Nurses Ball 2015?  This afternoon, he shared the following with On-Air On-Soaps: Jason related:  “It was Brooklyn’s idea to do a duet.  She told Frank (Valentini), and when she gets excited about something it’s pretty tough to say “no” to her.   I asked if I could write it, and so it went.  I spent a few days just thinking about it, bringing in personal elements that I know she would love …  like the “Glitter” line …  she LOVES glitter.  I thought story-wise it would be really a beautiful thing to share … their are own lullaby.  One they could sing together … and something Patrick could believe in also.  Let alone Brooklyn and Jason .. and of course, Paul Glass, our music man, brought it to life.”

Watch Jason Thompson and Brooklyn Rae Silzer perform Nothing I Can’t Do after the jump! Then let us know what you thought of the tune, Jason’s inspiration for writing it, and the duet during the Nurses Ball!

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Love the song and the performance on GH. Too bad it seems not to be available in CANADA, not sure why. Since Jason is Canadian. Oh well there is youtube.

I thought their performance was inspiring.

They are great!
The Song was perfect for them!
ALL, all the numbers of the Nurses Ball were top notch and very entertaining..
The cast and crew put much thought. hard work and and care to bring us the Nurses Ball..
The participating cast had fun performing for us and I had a fun time watching them all 🙂

(why some found need to bitch and whine/complain about the Ball, I do not understand))

THANKS to all who brought us the Nurses Ball, 2015 !!!

It was the only musical number I really liked— but you would have to have a heart of stone, not to be moved by that number. The only thing that might have made it better is if they could have shown Robin in Paris watching that number on the internet—but that is just a tiny flaw, otherwise, for me it was the highlight of the Nurse’s Ball.

YES!

Really loved Emma and Jason together. They are really awesome singing together. The whole 2015 General Hospital Ball was very good. I loved every performance. The actors really worked hard and it sure did show.

Father & Daughter Duet was Extremely sweet, they are affectionate, kind
and thoughtful at all times toward one another.
Jason & Brooklyn seem to have a lovely rapport.

Without knowing Jason Thompson wrote the song…. I felt that this duet/number with Brooklyn and Jason T, was by far was the top performances on a whole, at the Nurses Ball. So personal, so moving.

ahh I dunno about that, Jeremy :)..
It was touching and cute
but-
Duke and Anna’s tango was sensational ..
I really was giggly seeing their sensual dance, could feel their love..
They were very good, the tango suits them well ..

I don’t know , Su. I LOVE Duke…but even I have to admit he seems very wooden in his dialog and dance. The backdrop of the two of them dancing when they were younger was stunning…as were the two of them. But I felt lile Anna during the Ball dance could have been dancing with a broom. Ian doesn’t seem to be ” bringing” it this time around. Don’t know why…he’s a seasoned soap guy/actor and certainly has the looks/talent…

Loved Patrick and Emma. Childhood delight and innocence, daddy’s little girl….sweetness personified.

I love their tango. A real highlight for me.

The tango has been done before BUT, it could be Anna and Duke’s last?

It really was one of the better moments of the Nurse’s Ball. Brooklyn is such a great little actress and it is clear that Jason and her have something special when they act and sing together.

It was nice of the Silzer family to let GH use those clips and photos of Brooklyn.

Long time fan, seen Kimberly (Robin) grow up, now Brooklyn! (Emma)
Cute song, she is so cute. Bring Kimberly back soon. Miss her.

i loved it b/c of the chorus. patrick was a “race car driver” (too) when he got to PC, and of course, robin’s a dr. it was sweet 2 hear “their daughter” singing about growing up to be either, or whatever she wanted.

I just loved the song. It was beautiful and Well written. They did a great job singing it. I think it was the best performance At the nurses ball 2015 besides the last song. Great job you two.

I thought it was really sweet to begin with. But knowing Jason wrote it makes it even sweeter.

GH saved some of the best for last…Patrick and Emma duet, and Sabrina singing ‘It Might Be You,’ the theme song from Tootsie (a great “soap” movie). I’ve also liked all of Lucy’s dresses/gowns. They stand at least on par with the probably-way-more-expensive-ones on other Red Carpets seen on prime-time networks, as does Lucy and many performers at the Nurses Ball. Hint, hint…bring the Daytime Emmys to national tv so everyone can see them live.

Oops! It was Spinelli singing ‘It Might Be You.’ But I also thought Sabrina and Epiphany did a nice rendition of ‘You’re Not Alone.’ Just shows what great talent the actors on GH have.

Special song which has a great message. Also enjoyed Bradford Anderson’s (Spinelli) meaningful song to Kirsten Storms (Maxi) and Emily Wilson (Ellie).

I really enjoyed listening to Spinelli singing “It might be you” He did a great job looking torn between Maxie and Ellie. That was my favorite. I’m just not into most of the songs from the first part, not my cup of tea.

I’ve watched this performance several times now and I still get teary eyed. Definitely a major highlight at the Nurse’s Ball. Jason and Brooklyn were incredible and portray a beautiful father and daughter relationship. It’s also nice to know that JT wrote the song himself. He’s very talented. Would love to hear more music of his or even see him guest star on something like Nashville.

This song was awesome…..from writing to execution to performance. Other than this song, they just basically dusted off last year’s script and performance roster and ‘re-used it. What’s funny to me is when do these people find time to come together and rehearse?? Lol. They are battling mobsters and murderers but somehow find the time to get together to practice and choreograph show numbers. And honestly…after 3 years…I would much rather be alone than ever hear that finale song again. Please…….

Jason & Brooklyn are “the real deal.” If there was an Emmy for best actors in a parent/child relationship on a Daytime Drama, it would be Jason & Brooklyn, as Dr. Patrick Drake & Emma Scorpio Drake! Bravo to both of them for this CHARMING, heartfelt musical performance!

I just loved it! I cried and smiled all the way through the song, found myself singing it all day yesterday!

I just loved the entertainment and Spinelli, brought tears to my eyes. He has some voice! So did Ned, and also the kids that were just adorable. They all have so much talent. Been watching Gen. Hosp. forever and just love it.

very nice!!!

Why cant Robin ever be at the nurses ball anymore. She wrote she was free and she is to be coming back. If she is coming back is her part going to be more than a few months?? If not dont bother but Patrick belongs with ROBIN FOREVER!111

Is there anyway to get the guitar chords for the song Nothing I can’t do? What a beautiful song!

I am in Canada. I have tried searching for this song on iTunes but I have been unable to find it using several search variations. Can anyone assist me? I would love to purchase this song.

I love it. Favorite line “Dr, lawyer, or race car driver” . These are the things my little girl wants to be!

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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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