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Tamara Braun on Her New Play, and Her Soap Life as Carly, Ava,Taylor & Reese!

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Photo Credit: Helen Watson

One of the best actresses we know, Tamara Braun, is currently starring in Tennessee in the Summer, a new play about the life of prolific playwright, Tennessee Williams at the Sidewalk Studio Theatre in Burbank California now through May 20th!

Braun caught up with TheatreMania for an interview discussing the play and her time on the soaps including her various roles as Carly Corinthos on General Hospital, her Daytime-Emmy winning role as Ava Vitali on Days of our Lives, and then returning to  the NBC soap in a different role as Taylor Walker.  She also discusses her important time as Reese Williams, who was part of  soaps’ first same-sex wedding on All My Children.  Here are a few interesting excerpts!

Tamara on which of her daytime roles she identified with the most:  “I identified with all of them on a human level. I must find a common human thread with all the characters I play; otherwise, I fear I would be playing a caricature. Carly and Ava were the most dynamic and colorful. Reese was the most normal, yet she had the most historic impact. The storyline I was in with Eden Riegel (who played Bianca Montgomery) was nominated for a GLAAD Award, and I feel very proud of the work that Eden and I did portraying the first same-sex married and parenting couple. We tried to bring honesty and integrity to the story we were given. I was so proud of the show for bringing the issue to the forefront and for being a part of it.”

Tamara on if she misses being part of a daytime soap cast:  “I miss being able to work every day in a role that I love. But what I don’t miss is the pace at which the soaps are now moving. I think that a certain quality gets lost when you have to shoot 120 pages every day. Everyone’s work gets compromised. But they are still fighting for their rightful place on television. General Hospital just got renewed after a lot of concern that it wouldn’t! Congrats to them.”

Tamara on if she would do another soap, should an offer come:  “Daytime changed my life and taught me to become a better actress. If the right role and situation presented itself, then I would be open to it.”

What soap role of Tamara’s was your favorite? Let us know! And if you are in the Southern California area make sure to check out Tennessee in the Summer!

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Ce'Ron
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Ce'Ron

She is phenominal! I need her back on General Hospital stat! She was such a great Carly!

Mark F.
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Mark F.

I agree!! If not as Carly, then as a new character!!

barbara t
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barbara t

A new character.

carlos
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carlos

She should go over to the young and the restless as a new Victoria or maybe Samantha (Cane’ sister) Tamara call Maria Anna Bell!!!

aria
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aria

tamara, don’t call maria, call Frank, you and sarah brown can return to gh playing sister, now there’s an idea!

barbara t
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barbara t

I agree with you Aria,I would love for sarah brown to come back as johnnys mother this time around ,there are a lot of stories to tell with the zacarras that dont have to be mob related. tamara make that call to Frank like Aria says.

SallyV
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SallyV

I loved her as Carly; thought she was OK as Reese. I’l like to see her back on daytime…as a Victoria re-boot on Y&R.

Jess
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Jess

Hands down…Carly Corinthos!!!! She was GREAT!!!! I wish she’d come back to GH as another character…

RJ4
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RJ4

Loved Tennesse Williams and all his plays. Sounds like an interesting play. I am sure that Tamara will be great. She was good as Ava on Days. I know that this is uncomfortable and awkward to talk about,but best be said because she is a good actor – the Taylor role in Days was a tough role for her to come into – the character and story line development was not there, and the casting was not right, so it did not go well, but that was not her fault. It was not the right situation. I have seen her… Read more »

RJ4
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RJ4

Just want to add – Tennessee in the Summer (with Tamara) should be done in the Ogunquit playhouse (in Ogunquit, Maine) – think it would go over great there! Sorry if the is off topic.

Allie
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Allie

That’s a tough decision. Have to say Carly Corinthos, because she had to prove herself to Sarah Brown fans that she could be a Carly Corinthos. She should have won Emmys for Carly, too! The amazing storylines she had,

Sean
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Tamara is desperately needed at General Hospital. As of now, I could only see her returning as Carly. I just dont think Tamara or the show wants that. They are content with a complasent actress(Laura Wright) and Tamara just doesnt want to play ring around the rosie with the Head Honchos of ABC..

Do i think in the end it will be either Vanessa or Tamara returning for Sonny… ABSOLUTELY…Laura will only be the final carly if Vanessa does not return.. If they decide to pursue Carson as his FINAL COURTSHIP… Tamaras phone will be ringing…

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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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Eva LaRue Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

During former All My Children, B&B and GH star, Jacob Young’s podcast, Real Conversations with Jacob Young, he welcomed his good friend and former Pine Valley cast mate, Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, AMC, and Celeste, Y&R).

At the very top of the episode, LaRue revealed she and her daughter Kaya tested positive for Covid-19.  She shared, “We thought we had dodged a bullet, but sure enough, on New Year’s Eve, we both tested positive.”

“Oddly enough,” she goes on to say, “I really feel like we’ve been so sick of being scared to death of the invisible monster underneath the bed all last year, always looking over our shoulders.”  Eva added, “Nobody knows which one they are. Are they someone who’s going to survive it or succumb to it? Or have residual effects? All we can do is pray for the best.”

 

However, LaRue has been trying alternative methods of helping her with Covid-19 via IV treatments.  “I’ve got this amazing integrative doctor who I’ve been working with for a long time, and I know a lot of people are like, ‘No, we only do Western medicine,’ and that’s fine, I love Western medicine… but integrated medicine and Western medicine have to go hand in hand, in my opinion. Because, I just feel like, we need to open our minds to what is new and what is out there.”   So because of that, Eva has chosen to receive these treatments to hopefully starve off any long term effects of Covid.

In addition, Eva told Young she has hopes for the new primetime All My Children reboot that is in the works:  “I have my fingers crossed that they’ll be doing something with this new Pine Valley show.”   Remember, the Santos family and the Kanes are said to be the epicenter of the revival, so perhaps LaRue will be a guest-star on it, since she is also close friends with two of the EP’s, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley, AMC) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC)!

Send your well-wishes to Eva and her daughter, Kaya and let us know would you love to see LaRue on the ‘Pine Valley’ primetime reboot?  Comment below.

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All My Children Primetime Reboot “Pine Valley” in the Works at ABC from Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos and Andrew Stearn

Huge news that could bring back a new updated version of daytime’s All My Children to primetime!

ABC is eyeing a revival of Agnes Nixon’s long-running beloved series that ran for 41 years on the network and then saw an online reboot from Prospect Park that lasted only one season.

According to Deadline, former AMC stars Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo) will executive produce along with Andrew Stearn and Agnes Nixon’s son, Robert Nixon.

 

The series is currently in the early stages of development, but what has been revealed is: the reboot will be written/executive produced by Leo Richardson (Katy Keene, Star), and it will center on a young journalist with a secret agenda who comes to expose the dark and murderous history of a town named Pine Valley only to become entangled in a feud between the Kane and Santos families. The series explores all the secrets that come with the Kane and Santos family names.

In the new incarnation, Pine Valley, will feature a new generation of characters and some old favorites.  As of this moment, no original cast members have deals, but the plan would be to have them make appearances, plus Ripa and Consuelos could also make a cameo.  Of course, many are already pondering if Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) might actually be a mainstay on the new primetime series; since the Kanes are one of the core families in the reboot.

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Pine Valley plans to continue the original series’ tradition of tackling difficult social issues of our time and being inclusive, which the show was known for under the iconic Agnes Nixon’s storytelling.

Of note is that Stearn is also a lifelong fan of AMC and has been the driving force behind the reboot.  In fact when he was deciding between ABC Signature and one other studio for an overall deal, he chose ABC Signature because it was going to allow him to pursue his dream of rebooting All My Children.  It was then he started tracking down the rights to the soap.  As soap fans know, the rights to AMC reverted back to ABC after Prospect Park’s online version fell apart.

Later, after meeting with a number of writers to helm Pine Valley, Stearn went with Richardson, who had worked on the British soap EastEnders in his native Britain. Stearn also got on board the estate of Agnes Nixon, with son Robert Nixon joining the project as an executive producer.

So what do you think of “Pine Valley”, the All My Children primetime reboot being in development?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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