Friday, December 30, 2011

Love Llanview Out Loud


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Save the Date!

Chicago Welcomes Stars of ABC’s One Life to Live to Sidetrack Video Bar as they “Celebrate Llanview!” honoring 43 years on the ABC Network. Come to Chicago to watch the very last episode with fans of the show on January 13, 2012, once again being held at Sidetrack Video Bar.

Following the success of “Celebrate Pine Valley!” in September, “soap opera socialite” Jason Spitzer will welcome past and present actors from ABC’s ONE LIFE TO LIVE for “Celebrate Llanview! A Tribute Party" honoring the Series Finale, benefitting Season of Concern.

“The event was a huge hit with the fans and the actors,” says Jason of the All My Children event back in September. “We raised over $5000 for Season of Concern and I would love to raise even more in January. I hold a special place for Season of Concern in my life and believe in what they do. To be able to do this again for them and the dedicated soap fans, I think we’ll have even more success this January!”

Festivities begin at 11AM CST when the actors make an appearance on ABC 7 Chicago’s 11AM Newscast with meteorologist Tracy Butler broadcasting live from the Sidetrack Video Bar interviewing the actors. At 12PM, it’s the “Live from Ultra Violet” talk show where Jason will interview the actors about their time on the show and take questions from the fans. After the One Life to Live finale, stay for the live auction and the meet & greet session.

Scheduled to appear are Ilene Kristen (Roxy Balsom), David A. Gregory (Robert Ford), Nic Robuck (James Ford), Lenny Platt (Nate Salinger), Josh Kelly (Cutter Wentworth), Tonja Walker Davidson (Alex Olanov Buchanan), Mark Dobies (Daniel Colson), & Don Jeffcoat (Joey Buchanan). Many more actors and special guests will be announced over the next several weeks. (Talent attendance is subject to change without notice.)

Tickets are available for purchase online at General Admission tickets are $35 and at this time, all VIP packages are sold out. All ticket proceeds benefit Season of Concern. For more information, please visit their website. Doors open at 11AM and you must be 21 and over to attend. Mark your calendar to “Celebrate Llanview!” in Chicago on January 13th!

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Celebrating Llanview, Nic Robuck Loves Out Loud

The youngest of four siblings, Nic Robuck grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Scecina Memorial Catholic High School where he did many shows and plays. “I really enjoyed it, but I wanted to be a Disney animator when I was younger. I was into art. Then I saw the movie Titanic.” He then decided to be an actor said to myself “and make movies just like that … I wanted to affect people that way as well.” He played "A wide-range of characters. I was in Fiddler on the Roof, and I played Motel, the tailor. That was my first singing solo and that was just gut-wrenching. I was also in the play version of Pillow Talk where I played the assistant to one of the leading ladies; [he] had a French accent. I took French at the time, so I was really proud of the work I did with that." He graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California, where he did Cabaret and a couple of original plays. Before joining One Life to Live as James Ford in June of 2010 Nic appeared on television shows in guest roles on The Young and the Restless, CSI: Miami, and iCarly.

"I was just brought on to be new love interest in Starr's life. It wasn't intentional for me to be Ford's brother. When they noticed how much we really did resemble each other, they said, 'Let's make him Ford's younger brother.' The resemblance is astonishing. Even my dad has confused us. He was looking through a magazine of another interview I had done, and he said, 'Oh, here you are.' I said, 'That's not me. That's the guy who plays my brother.'" Nic views his time on One Life to Live as a new beginning. Let’s hope that it is just the beginning for this young man. His presence at Celebrate Llanview at Sidetracks on January 13, 2012 to benefit Season of Concern will help bring many of his devoted fans to the cause. Get your tickets here. Go! Meet Nic.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Love Out Loud for Season of Concern from David A. Gregory

David Andrew Gregory was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, on August 19, 1985. At an early age, he knew that he wanted to be an actor. One summer he went to Interlochen Center for the Arts. The experience at the summer arts camp left him with the feeling that he had no other choice; performing arts was a part of him, and he was meant to act. In 2008, David graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. During his college years, he had exposure to acting opportunities that he had not received anywhere else, and he really appreciates the insight that he has taken away from his mentors and teachers. Leading up to his role as Robert Ford on One Life to Live, David endured seven months of unemployment.He eventually got a call to audition for One Life to Live’s casting director, and although he didn’t feel the vibe, afterwards he got invited to read for Executive Producer Frank Valentini. Before he even making it home, he got the call, and they had an answer for him: Meet Robert Ford, everyone!

David is also very fortunate to have a great family who supports his ambitions, and he credits them for where he is today.Concerning his role on One Life to Live, he thanks his fans for their support, and he really appreciates their role in bringing his character, Ford, back to the show. David was also quite memorable in a comical Airborne TV advertisement. [thanks to Jen Faulkner]Tickets are on sale for Celebrate Llanview at the Season of Concern website. Go! Meet the talented Mr. Gregory!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Love Out Loud for Season of Concern from Josh Kelly

A labor of love got lovelier when the generous Josh Kelly decided to come on board for Celebrate Llanview, the fundraiser for Chicago's Season of Concern,

Having grown up in a military family and born in Japan, Josh Kelly has called several places home through the years, including Guam, the Philippines, Maryland, Georgia and Maine. The self-proclaimed former computer nerd would often create simple computer games when he wasn't competing in matches as a member of his high school's lacrosse and wrestling teams. Kelly knew he wanted to perform from an early age, however, and also participated several theater productions.

After graduating high school, Kelly enlisted in the Army and was deployed to Afghanistan one month after 9/11. He became an Army Ranger and led his highly-skilled unit through three more tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. In 2003, he returned to his passion for acting and moved to Los Angeles. He studied drama for two years and landed several TV appearances, in True Blood, Ugly Betty, Las Vegas and CSI:Miami. In 2009, he was cast in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He also co-wrote, acted in and co-directed a short film about post-traumatic stress, Cope, with his fellow Army buddies and was later cast again and served as a military consultant in Transformers: Dark of the Moon after director Michael Bay saw Cope.

In 2010, Kelly auditioned for the role of Joey on One Life to Live (his Transformers co-star Josh Duhamel helped him prepare for his screen test). The part was ultimately given to Tom Degnan, but Kelly was offered the part of Cutter, Aubrey's mysterious boyfriend.

Tickets are now on sale for Celebrate Llanview on the Season of Concern website. Go!