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True Blood:The Musical In The Works! What About A Defunct Daytime Soap Hitting The Great White Way?

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Over the weekend, online sites were abuzz with the news out of the New York Post that the mega-popular former HBO vampire series True Blood has a musical version of itself that has been quietly in development, until now.

NY Post reports: “Like the TV show, True Blood: The Musical is set in the fictional town of Bon Temps, La., where vampires live among humans. The town also boasts witches, fairies, shape-shifters and werewolves. If a full production ever materializes, there will be plenty of special effects.  Director Pam MacKinnon, recently staged a workshop version with the cast included Ellen Foley (of TV’s Night Court”), Claybourne Elder (Broadway’s Bonnie & Clyde) and Ann Harada (Avenue Q). The music is by Nathan Barr, who scored the TV series it’s based on; YA fiction author Elizabeth Scott (who wrote the novel Living Dead Girl is writing the book and lyrics.

Their sources also report that True Blood creator, Alan Ball is also keeping close tabs on what happens with the development of the musical version of his TV show.  However, the NY Post is quick to point out that Vampire musicals have not done well on Broadway, in fact they were flops!  Lestat ran only 39 performances in 2006, Dance of the Vampires ran only 56 performances in 2002, and Dracula, the Musical in 2004 was able to get to 137 performances before being closed down.  ven vampire-driven soap Dark Shadows was being workshopped into a musical but never got off the ground.

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All of that had us thinking; since the Vampire genre has sunk previously on Broadway, and other TV shows have come to “Big Apple” audiences, and made attempts at a musical reinterpretation of themselves, what about a defunct Daytime soap hitting the boards?  Could you see One Life to Live: The MusicalAll My Children: The Musical?  Another World: The Musical Ryan’s Hope: The Musical?  We could go on and on!  Think about it: there are definitely already stories built within the histories of the shows with familial drama, romance, intrigue, mystery, heartbreak, and humor that are cornerstones of Broadway formulas.   Obviously, primetime soaps such as Dallas, Knots Landing, and Dynasty have more of allure and recognition to Broadway audiences, probably than their daytime counterparts, but with the right, re-imaginging, packaging, musical score, book, and talent, you never know.

So, what do you think about True Blood: The Musical?  Great idea …  or do you think it will never see the lights on Broadway?  If you were to take one daytime soap that is no longer on network TV and make it into a Broadway musical, which would you choose and why? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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

Dark Shadows:…the musical!!!!!!!!!…….its the only soap still popular with reruns, fan club and reunions!!!!!!..

Jay Keaveny
Jay Keaveny

That was in the works at one point. Rupert Holmes was going to do the music. But it never got off the ground.

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

They could revive it….

Lew S.
Lew S.

Good choice, Jimh!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think it’s a horrible idea. Loved True Blood for its cgaractets, relationships, setting, mystique…just everything. The only revuval I’d live to see is the series back with the same characters/actors, a min seriez ir movie. Another one “bites” the dust…

rebecca1
rebecca1

see subtitles…grrrrrrr

Tim Clarke
Tim Clarke

Sounds completely idiotic to me but whatever.

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Kelly Ripa Shares Her Grief and Remembrances of John Callahan on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’

There was always something special about the wonderful actors and the cast pictured here from ABC’s All My Children.  After all, this is where Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) met her husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo) and where Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) met her ex-husband John Callahan (Ex-Edmund).

Then, over this past weekend this family picture from Pine Valley was forever changed, when the soap world was rocked by the news that John Callahan passed away at only 66/

Heartbreaking remembrances poured in on social media …. and none more so than from Eva LaRue, who also shares a daughter with John, named Kaya.  Eva and Kaya rushed to John’s bedside where he has been put on life-support following a reported massive stroke.

Now on Monday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, which is being done remotely from the hosts individual hosts due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kelly Ripa shared her grief over the loss of her dear friend John Callahan with Ryan.

Kelly said “I had a really a bad weekend this weekend.  A very dear friend of mine for many, many years, almost 30 years, passed away over the weekend. He was a great actor, a really good friend. One of the funniest people I’ve ever met. He was the ex-husband of my first-born son’s godmother, Eva LaRue. His name was John Callahan. He was 66 years old—way too young to be taken from us.”

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Ripa went on to to tell her co-host: “A gentleman of, I mean, Ryan, you two would have loved each other. He would say the funniest things and we were all going through our brains about all of the funny, like the funny ‘Callahan-isms’ over the years. He was just one of these guys and you know and he just died way too soon. His daughter and my daughter are good friends, they’re the same age and I just want everyone to know, Eva and Kaya, that we are thinking of you and we are just so sad and so devastated. So, I apologize in advance if I seem out of it. I really actually am, I’m terribly out of it. You know, forgive me for it.”

Watch Kelly discuss the death of John Callahan with Ryan Seacrest below.  Then share your thoughts on what Ripa had to share and more on the loss of John Callahan via the comment section.

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Soap Vet and All My Children Alum John Callahan Dead At 66

Absolutely heartbreaking news this Saturday afternoon.  John Callahan, best known to soap fans for his role as Edmund Grey on All My Children has passed away after suffering a massive stroke.  The stroke happened on Friday, March 27th when paramedics responded to a call at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66-years-old.

According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

John played Edmund on All My Children from 1992-2005.  He also appeared throughout his soap career on: Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bay and primetime’s Falcon Crest and Desperate Housewives; in addition to many more television appearances.

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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Former All My Children Stars, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Donate 1 Million Dollars To Coronavirus Relief Efforts

We knew them when, and over the years, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have become households names since their humble beginnings as Hayley and Mateo Santos on ABC’s All My Children.

Now the co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan along with her real-life hubby, and Riverdale star are swinging into action to help those in need affected by COVID-19.

According to PEOPLE: “The couple have donated $1 million to aid in relief efforts amid the ongoing pandemic.”

Kelly and Mark’s contribution will be allocated in part to the New York Governor’s Office for the purchase of urgently needed ventilators and additionally towards WIN, an organization running 11 women’s shelters across New York City.

New York has been one of the U.S. states hardest hit by Coronavirus, which as of Thursday had reported 4,152 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 29 deaths.

Many celebrities and pro athletes are jumping into action, making donations and helping others including” Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Ciara and Russell Wilson, JJ Watt, Kristen Bell and this weekend Rosie O’Donnell with her live-stream talk show for the Actors Fund.

What do you think of the good will shown by Kelly and Mark? Comment below.

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