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Tuesday
Jan022018

Call Answered: Charles Socarides: "20th Century Blues" & "When We Rise"

Charles Socarides, Photo Credit: Rachel ShaneEarlier this year, I was immersed in the ABC mini-series When We Rise. It was heartbreaking, uplifting, & inspirational all at the same time! One of the actors that caught my eye was Charles Socarides, who played his real-life brother "Richard" in the mini-series, as they are the sons of Charles W. Socarides, the American psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, physician, educator and author who focused much of his career on the study of homosexuality, which he believed could be altered.

Needless to say, when I was offered the opportunity to interview Charles, I rose to the occasion. Charles is currently starring as "Simon" in Susan Miller's 20th Century Blues, directed by Emily Mann. 20th Century Blues is about four women who meet once a year for a photo shoot, chronicling their changing (and aging) selves as they navigate through love, careers, children, and major world events. But, when these private photographs have the potential to go public, their relationships are tested, forcing the women to confront who they are, what they’ve become, and how they’ll deal with whatever lies ahead.

20th Century Blues plays at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center in NYC (480 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue) through January 28. Click here for tickets!

For more on Charles be sure to visit https://charlessocarides.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

For more on 20th Century Blues visit http://20thcenturyblues.com and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Probably being a NYC kid and seeing amazingly live theatre performances growing up. I was aware from an early age that this was a thing people did.

2. You are currently starring in 20th Century Blues at NYC's Signature Theatre. What attracted you to this show? Emily Mann reached out to me, and I am a huge fan of hers. Then I read Susan’s play and fell in love with the role of "Simon."

3. What do you relate to most about your character "Simon"? What is one characteristic of his you are glad yourself you don't possess? I can definitely relate to "Simon’s" closeness to his mother. I’m lucky enough to have an awesome mom to whom I could say almost anything. And "Simon" is a really good guy but he seems like a workaholic. I’m trying to be less of that in my real life.

4. Let's break down this plot a little bit. In this show there are four women with forty years of friendship and one afternoon that could end it all. If you only had one afternoon left, how would you spend it? I’d probably want to go somewhere dramatic and amazing with my best friends and family and just explore. Like Macchu Piccu or the Grand Canyon. Victoria Falls. Someplace I’ve never been.

Charles Socarides and Polly Draper in "20th Century Blues", Photo Credit: Joan Marcus5. The women also meet once a year to have their pictures taken and these private phots have the potential to go public. I have two questions for you about this. One, what is the most private thing you are now willing to make public? Two, what is the one picture you have on your phone that you would never want to go public? I mean, maybe there are a couple of risqué photos on my phone somewhere but the most embarrassing stuff is probably just the stuff that shows how basic I am. Like a million drafts of an Instagram post. Or too many photos of something I cooked. 😬

6. I do have to switch gears now and ask you about When We Rise, which I loved! My jaw dropped upon learning you are the son of the psychoanalyst Charles Socarides & that you played your real-life brother in this mini series. What was it like to audition for something you actually lived through? What kind of discussions did you have with your brother prior to filming and after? I'm so glad you liked it! It was the craziest audition I’ve ever had. I had to compete against other actors doing an audition scene in which my own father was a character. I’m very very very glad I got it.

My brother Richard and I are very close so he was of course pulling for me to get it. Once I did, he totally let me pick his brain and was so open about revisiting this difficult (but defining) time in his life. We are definitely closer as a result of When We Rise. I think we both appreciate the opportunity to have bonded through this experience. And we got to contribute to an important, beautiful project at the same time.

Guy Pearce (left) as "Cleve Jones" and Charles Socarides (right) as "Richard Socarides" in Dustin Lance Black's "When We Rise", Photo Credit: Eike Schroter/ABC7. How did you mentally prepare for this role? What was the hardest day of filming? It was surprisingly hard to prepare! I wanted to do all of the research I could but then also let go of all of it so I could play the character as written. So I researched a lot and then just prayed I could actually behave like a human being.

I was tested right away on my first night of shooting when we filmed the scene where Richard comes out to our father. I was very nervous because Richard was on set. I really had to separate myself to stay calm!

8. I feel like this interview is leaning more towards serious, so I would like to lighten things up. I read on your website that as a child you were terrified of vomiting. What part of vomiting were you actually afraid of? Are you still scared of throwing up today? Haha no I got over that. (And I should update my website - thank you Adam). I got terrible food poisoning as a kid and for some reason it stuck with me for a long time. That moment when you know you’re going to be sick is never any fun. Though you feel so much better after!

9. I also read you are obsessed with learning how to cook. What are your top 3-5 meals you really want to master? When I can I come judge your cooking? (hahaha) I recently crushed some pumpkin pancakes that were sooo good. I will also say I make really good chili. That’s probably my top. I make these stuffed tuna melts that are delish as well. To be honest, all of my recipes are pretty basic so far. I’m trying to expand. Then I’ll invite you over!

Charles Socarides More on Charlie:

Earlier this year, Charles was a lead on the ABC miniseries When We Rise. Other recent film and television credits include Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, and the feature Bad Hurt. His theatre credits include KINGS (Women's Project), SONS OF THE PROPHET (Roundabout), RED (opposite Tim Daly, Dorset, Broadway World Best Actor), TRUST (Second Stage), THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO (Roundabout), INDIAN BLOOD (Primary Stages), TWELFTH NIGHT (Pig Iron), GUADALUPE IN THE GUEST ROOM (Two River) and Colt Coeur's production of HOW TO LIVE ON EARTH.

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Wednesday
Dec272017

Call Answered: Conference Call: Tom Gualtieri & David Sisco: "Departures: The Songs of Gualtieri & Sisco" at Feinstein's/54 Below

David Sisco (left) and Tom Gualtieri (right), Photo Credit: Jonathan BellerI was so excited when I found out Tom Gualtieri & David Sisco were going to be presenting an evening of their music at Feinstein's/54 Below this coming January! I have known Tom for a few years, but have yet to experience Tom & David's work together, so when the opportunity came up to interview them, I was eager to hit every note & learn about this dynamic duo! After interviewing Tom & David, I'm really looking forward to hearing their music.

Departures: The Songs of Gualtieri & Sisco will play Feinstein's/54 Below on Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30pm. Click here for tickets! 

For more on Tom & David visit http://www.tomgualtieri.com, http://www.davidsisco.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

For more on Feinstein's/54 Below visit https://54below.com and follow them on FacebookTwitterYouTube, & Instagram!

1. Who or what inspired you to become composer/lyricist?

David Sisco: For me it was melding my love of classical music with the American Songbook and popular music. Our diverse interests made us oddly right for each other as a composer/lyricist team.

Tom Gualtieri: I’ve always been drawn to storytelling whether it was through acting, directing, or writing. And with my love of all kinds of music – classical, pop, opera, standards and contemporary - the addition of lyric-writing seemed a natural progression.

2. How did you come to work together?

David Sisco: We met in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in 2003. The first two years of the Workshop are driven by exercises designed to expose theatre writers to all the facets of dramatic songwriting: structure, storytelling etc. Through each assignment, writers meet potential collaborators.

Tom Gualtieri: David and I were paired for one of the oldest exercises in the Workshop: we had to write a song for Willy Loman in an imagined, musical version of DEATH OF A SALESMAN - a notoriously difficult exercise because parody was not allowed. The songs had to be legit.

David Sisco: There were some beautiful songs written by the writers of the Workshop, but it is a daunting exercise.

Tom Gualtieri: We discovered that we had a similar musical sensibility and loved the same types of music and drama. We favor innovative and intellectually stimulating musicals but also appreciate what would have been called "musical comedy" back in the day.

3. On January 10, you are returning to Feinstien's/54 Below with a new collection of music, Departures: The Songs of Gualtieri & Sisco. What excites you about this upcoming concert?

Tom Gualtieri: We've set aside two projects in the last couple of years and we didn't want to go an entire year without working as we search for a new one. We decided to put our energy into practicing the most important part of our collaboration: the actual writing of songs. We made it a goal this year to examine contemporary and pop forms and filter them through dramatic storytelling. So, the songs in Departures are a hybrid.

David Sisco: Also different from our previous concert is that many of these songs were initiated by talking about our personal experiences. Because of that, I think the audience will get to know us even better as writers and individuals. 

Tom Gualtieri: I should add that we are also excited to be working with Laura Josepher again. She’s directed all of our past projects and she seems to understand our work. She asks the right questions. She holds our feet to the fire when necessary and praises us when - IF - it’s appropriate.

David Sisco: Any opportunity to work with Laura is a blessing. We think she's one of the best unsung directors in the business so we're lucky to have her.

David SIsco (left) and Tom Gualtieri (right), Photo Credit: Jonathan Beller4. What do you think will surprise fans about these new songs?

Tom Gualtieri: The people who are familiar with our work know us best for traditional theatre songs. We've been bringing our voice to traditional styles and forms since we started our collaboration, but now we've had a great shift toward contemporary, musical landscapes.

David Sisco: We're not giving up our classical and traditional influences, but we're also trying find this new facet of our voice.

Tom Gualtieri: In "the old days" - that is, the golden age of musical theatre - popular music and theatre music were the same. Some of the great standards come from musical theatre. After a long dry spell, musical theatre has entered a new golden age - and we think that's partly due to the crossover appeal of contemporary musical theatre.

David Sisco: Our fans may be surprised that many of the songs in Departures are heavily influenced by pop structure.

5. Since this concert celebrates and skewers contemporary life & relationships, what has been the best part about working together and the most challenging part?

Tom Gualtieri: David and I work well together - we've got a shorthand after 14 years of collaboration - but no matter how at ease we are as a team, it's still tricky to tell your collaborator, "I'm not crazy about this or that idea."

David Sisco: We are mindful of the effort we each put into our work, but we haven't got time to get married to anything we've written…

Tom Gualtieri: If it needs to change, we change it. Writing is a process of rewriting, after all.

David Sisco: And because of that, we are pretty merciless self-editors. The most important thing is the work itself. There's a 'just do it' attitude that helps us as we look toward the ultimate goal: writing good songs.

Tom Gualtieri: We're tremendous fans of each other's work so that makes it easy - most of the time. Haha!

Tom Gualtieri (left) and David Sisco (right) at Feinstein's/54 Below6. Press notes also state these songs in the January 10 concert explore the intersection between compelling storytelling & exciting musical form to create a dynamic cycle of songs/ What do you feel makes a song compelling & exciting?

Tom Gualtieri: All genres have unique qualities that are compelling in one way or another. With pop music, many people don't listen to the lyrics but for me, a song is most exciting when it reveals something through a combination of music AND lyrics. An exceptionally "hooky" song might be spoiled by rotten lyrics and on the opposite side, great lyrics can go unnoticed if the song isn't musically compelling. Artists like Joni Mitchell and James Taylor write gorgeous lyrics but more current writers like Ed Sheeran and Sara Bareilles also bring tremendous intelligence to the table and still create hook-driven, emotionally rich work.

David Sisco: For me, it's the specificity of the lyric and music, which Tom is hinting at, that make me want to listen to a song more than once. Songs (in any genre) than can walk the tightrope of neither being overly poetic or too on-the-nose - that make the listener fill in the blanks, getting them emotionally invested in the storytelling - excite me the most.

7. I love that you are collaborating with book writer Michael Zam (FX Feud) on a project. What, if anything, can you tell us about this piece?

David Sisco: We are adapting Henry James' THE WINGS OF THE DOVE. Tom brought this to me years ago but we kept getting distracted by other ideas. Most recently we decided, after setting aside two projects, that it was time for us to let someone else do the adaptation. Tom and Michael have known each other for years and we proposed it to him. He's a brilliant guy and he came up with a thrilling concept for this.

Tom Gualtieri: Something that's not been done before in a musical.

David Sisco: We are excited and even a little impatient to get started. There's a tremendous amount of research involved and late James is challenging....

Tom Gualtieri: It ain't beach reading. But THE WINGS OF THE DOVE is a beautiful story with fascinating characters and gorgeous settings - London and Venice at the turn of the century - so it will transport us to another world.

Call Me Adam and "Feud" writer Michael Zam8. Since Michael was a writer on the hit FX series Feud, if you had to write one original song to sum up the series, what would you call it and what would be just a few lyrics?

Tom Gualtieri: Haha - we are SO INSANE right now that trying to answer this question is like putting a straw on the back of a camel that has walked through the Sahara without water. But off the top of my head, I'd write a song based on something Bette once said, "Old Age Ain't No Place for Sissies."

9. What do you hope this new year brings for you with regards to your music?

Tom Gualtieri: We love writing something that makes a singer WANT to sing and we hope that continues to happen. We're also incredibly excited to get started on THE WINGS OF THE DOVE.

David Sisco: Writing for this concert has also challenged us to write faster and, we think, helped our actual writing process evolve, which is a pretty neat trick after all these years. We look forward to continuing that conversation as we work on new projects.

Tom Gualtieri: More than anything, we want to share our work. All of the songs from this concert will be available online when the sheet music is finished and proofed. So we hope people will use our work for auditions, cabaret, and concerts.

David Sisco, Photo Credit: Roberto AraujoTom Gualtieri, Photo Credit: Rob Sutton10. If you had to select one of your songs to describe today's climate, which song would best represent where we are at politically & socially? Then, which of your songs would you say provides hope?

Tom Gualtieri: So, there are two pieces here: the social and the political. The political climate today is detrimental to everyone's health.

David Sisco: And we’re not just talking about the news coming out of Washington, but also the social messages we are getting from elected leaders.

Tom Gualtieri: One of the ways artists can affect change is by taking up the issue of diversity in our industry.

David Sisco: We get frustrated when theatre pieces, which are not specifically about issues of race, sexual identity, or those with perceived disabilities, are cast in ways that do not reflect diversity nor draw from the enormous pools of talent which remain underrepresented.

Tom Gualtieri: Those are huge subjects to tackle and our writing tends to focus in on individuals and their personal experiences. There are two songs in our upcoming concert which capture small aspects of the anger and anxiety that buzzes through our culture right now: "My Call to Fly" is about finding your inner strength in the face of cynicism, and "Compared to You Blues" is a comic song about the negative effects of social media.

David Sisco: We think our most hopeful song is a non-political one called "Morning, Love." It's a deeply personal song about looking for love - looking for that one person you know is out there waiting for you and feels the same way. In these most-troubled times, we need love. Maybe now more than ever.

Tom Gualtieri (left) and David Sisco (right), Photo Credit: Jonathan BellerMore on Tom & David:

Tom Gualtieri and David Sisco began their collaboration at the BMI Musical Theater Workshop in 2003. Their first musical Falling to Earth, has been developed through the Syracuse University New Play Workshop and The York Theatre Developmental Reading Series. They have provided material for We Are the Song, sponsored by the After The Storm Foundation, which offers assistance to the youth of post-Katrina New Orleans. Currently, they're working on a new musical entitled I'm Afraid, You're Afraid: 448 Reasons to Fear And Why. Tom and David are the recipients of a grant from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust and their songs have been featured in various cabarets and concerts. In addition to their writing partnership, they appear on stage together in David’s multi-award-winning comedies BAIT n’ SWISH. They have also led seminars and workshops on a variety of topics, and were featured lecturers and performers at the 2011 MTNA/NATS Conference.

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Saturday
Dec232017

Call Redialed: Facetime Conference Call with Molly Pope & Kim David Smith: "No Thrill From Champagne" NYE at Pangea

Molly Pope, Kim David Smith, and Call Me Adam at The Algonquin Hotel in NYCKim David Smith and Molly PopeLive from the Algonquin Hotel in NYC, cabaret greats Molly Pope & Kim David Smith stand, pose, & laugh with me in this hilarious interview about their upcoming New Year's Eve show No Thrill from Champagne that will be taking place at Pangea NYC (178 2nd Avenue) on December 31 at 8pm & 10:30pm!

No Thrill From Champagne is a champagne-sprinkled evening of Cole Porter, Nöel Coward, and Marlene Dietrich-inspired delinquency at the hands of two of Downtown NYC’s favorite post-ingenues. Musically directed by Tracy Stark, No Thrill From Champagne summons a neo-retro glamour, juxtaposing yesteryear with the here-and-now, through idiosyncratic arrangements and razor wit. Click here for tickets!

For more on Molly Pope visit http://www.mollypope.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

For more on Kim David Smith visit http://kimdavidsmith.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Call Me Adam Facetime interview with Molly Pope & Kim David Smith:

More on Molly:

Molly Pope is a critically-acclaimed cabarettist whose shows have played Joe's Pub, Feinsteins/54 Below, Feinsteins at the Regency, Ars Nova, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, OBERON (A.R.T.), Teatro ZinZanni (Joe's Pub Seattle), and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Australia. Hailed as "One of downtown cabaret's most adventurous performers" by the New York Times, she is the recipient of both the 2016 Bistro Award for Creative Cabaret Artistry and the 2016 MAC Award for Musical Comedy. She has been named a Time Out New York Top Ten Cabaret Act of 2008 and 2012 and a Village Voice Best of NYC 2011 for Best Singer To Turn Life Into A Cabaret. Most recently she recorded her first album, An Audience with Molly Pope, live at Joe's Pub. She has also performed at The Cafe Carlyle (Tales From The Jazz Age), the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown, The Amber Zone at Sid Gold's Request Room, Our Hit Parade at Joe's Pub and as a resident artist at The Kimmel Center (Philadelphia) and The Orchard Project. Stage credits include FOUND (Atlantic Theater Co, Philadelphia Theater Co), Horseplay, or the Fickle Mistress (LaMama ETC/Theatre Askew), Dan Fishbacks' The Material World (Dixon Place). 

More on Kim David Smith:

Kim David Smith is described by Broadway World as the "David Bowie of cabaret," "slyly subversive" by the Wall Street Journal, and labeled the "male Marlene Dietrich" by the New York Times, Australian Kim David Smith is a Helpmann Award nominated singer and cabaret performer, known for his Weimar-era inspired works that juxtapose authentic musical material with stylistic takes on current popular tunes. His electro-pop albums Nova, Supernova, and cabaret EP, The Tease, are available on iTunes and Amazon.

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Friday
Dec222017

Call Redialed: Seth Rudetsky: "Seth’s Broadway Diary, Volume 3"

Seth RudetskyIt's always great catching up with Seth Rudetsky! His Broadway stories are always so engaging & enjoyable. It's no wonder, he just released his latest book, Seth's Broadway Diary, Volume 3 from Dress Circle Publishing. Filled with the juicy tales of working with such Broadway luminaries as Patti LuPone, Andrea Martin, Andrea McArdle, Gavin Creel and so many more, Seth's Broadway Diary, Volume 3 is a can't put it down romp on-stage, back-stage, and everywhere in between!

If you think Seth's book are loaded with goodies, wait until you see what he revealed direct from the orchestra pit!

Seth's Broadway Diary, Volume 3 can be purchased at https://www.dresscirclepublishing.com!

For more on Seth be sure to visit http://www.sethrudetsky.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

1. You just released your latest book Seth's Broadway Diary, Volume 3. What was the first story you knew had to be in this book? When I got to play an entire concert with Patti LuPone! It was such a thrilling experience. Every time I’d heard her sing from Evita, it was always "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina." I was much much much more obsessed with "Buenos Aires" and "Rainbow High." These are songs I listened to all the time as a kid and I never got to see her play the role. I thought I’d never hear her sing them live. I tentatively asked her to sing them in our show…and she said YES…and in the SAME KEY!!! Plus she gave me so many amazing stories about Evita, and Les Miz and Anything Goes, etc. There is so much Patti scoop in this book and I love it!

2. Which story were you on the fence about including, but ultimately you felt it would help complete this volume? Well, I actually did cut it. During the years that all my interviews and shows take place in this book, my doggie got sick. I documented it while it was happening but it was too depressing to put in the book.

Patti LuPone and Seth Rudetsky3. As you go back through these columns, what would be one or two that made you pinch yourself and think, "I can't believe, me, Seth Rudetsky, from North Woodmere, Long Island, got to do this" (that as a kid you only dreamed about)? Well, definitely, the entire Patti LuPone experience. I never even met her until I was 29 and all I got to say was an awkward "I love you!" And the next thing I know I'm making her belt half the Evita score. Then things like working with Andrea McArdle. Anyone who grew up loving Broadway in the '70s was obsessed with her voice. She was the Broadway star we all wanted to be.

4. Since your columns are called Onstage & Backstage, what is something that happens on stage that causes chaos backstage during a show? One of the things I continue to get in trouble for is when I’m writing a show: often times I’ll tell an actor a new line I thought of and tell them to add it to that performance. I always forget that everything is mic’d nowadays and when an actor has a new line or cuts a line, it completely screws up the sound people. Half the time my so-called amazing new line is said and no one hears it because the actor’s mic is off!

5. It seems like everyone you work with becomes a friend of yours. Whose friendship were you most surprised by? Definitely Andrea Martin. I watched SCTV religiously as a teen. My friends and I would memorize her sketches, especially her feminist musical with Catherine O’Hara called "I’m Taking My Own Head, Screwing it on right, and No Guy’s Gonna Tell Me That it Ain’t!" Suddenly, I'm an adult and she's on my window frame in my apartment scrubbing my windows because they're "filthy" and redecorating my apartment. And by "redecorating," I mean taking objects and literally throwing them out because they don’t match her aesthetic. Sadly for me, she's always right.

Seth Rudetsky, Photo Credit: Jay Brady6. I have a new segment to my interviews called "I Can See Clearly Now," where I try to clear-up misconceptions about people. What do you feel is the biggest misconception out there about yourself that you would like to clear-up once and for all? I think people always think I'm incredibly busy. I, myself,  think people who have actual 9 to 5 jobs are incredibly busy! I can make my own hours, I can go to the gym, I can take breaks whenever I want, I get to travel to super fun places. To me, busy is having to wake up and get ready for work, work 8 hours, travel home, make dinner for family. I'm very impressed that those kind of people have time for fun, gym, and creativity.

7. Since you have interviewed so many people over the years yourself, what is one question I didn't ask you that you wish I had (please provide the answer to said question)?

Q: Who are your favorite authors?

A: I read all the time and love so many writers! Please read these people because they are amazing: Elin Hildenbrand, Stephen McCauley, Phillip Pullman, William Goldman, Curtis Sittenfeld, Sarah Waters. Thank you!

8. Has anyone ever rejected an interview request from you? If so, who? Lots of people! Celebrities get so many requests for interviews and sometimes they're just too busy. Also, I only like to to do them live, face-to-face. People sometimes want to do them over the phone and I think that sounds so awkward on the radio because I can't tell when person is about to talk, stop talking etc. I hate it and I always say no if that's all they're available for. So I guess the answer is, I have rejected interviews from people!

Seth Rudetsky, Photo Credit: Lauren KennedyMore on Seth: 

Seth Rudetsky has worked as the music director and/or pianist for some of Broadway’s biggest stars: Audra McDonald, Andrea Martin, Gavin Creel, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole, Jessie Mueller and many more. He spent years as a pianist on Broadway playing such shows as Les Miserables, The Producers and Ragtime and currently divides his time between being the afternoon deejay on the Sirius XM Broadway channel/host of Seth Speaks as well as touring North America doing his show Deconstructing Broadway. His novels, My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan, and the sequel The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek are available on the Random House label and his Broadway musical Disaster!, which was a New York Times "Critics Pick," is licensed by MTI.

Wednesday
Dec202017

Call Redialed: Jennifer Bassey: "All My Children", "General Hospital", "Anacostia", Cabaret

Jennifer BasseyIt's so great to catch up with All My Children's Jennifer Bassey, whom I first got to interview in 2012. Well, Jennifer has been keeping busy over these past five years and we are finally getting a chance to talk about it all.

We first reminisce a bit more about her days on ABC's All My Children. Then we get into Jennifer's return to the world of soaps! This time around, Jennifer's in Port Charles on ABC's General Hospital in the recurring role of "Quinn." It was so great hearing about the differences between the way soap operas used to be filmed compared to how they are done today! The changes are music to Jennifer's ears! 

Speaking of music, Jennifer is hard at work on her cabaret show. Most of the details are under lock & key, but I was able to pry some of the news out of her for an exclusive reveal!

Finally, Jennifer will be guest starring on the Emmy Award winning web series Anacostia in the role of "Beverly." Her episodes air December 30 & 31st, just in time to wrap this year up.

For more on Jennifer be sure to visit https://www.jenniferbassey.com and follow her on Twitter & Instagram!

Jennifer Bassey & David Canary on ABC's "All My Children", Photo Credit: Ann Limongello/ABC via Getty Images1. It's so great getting to catch up with you after our last interview in 2012! We have so much to talk about, so let's get to it. Before I get to your new stuff, I have to start with an All My Children question. Who do you still keep in touch with from the show? Francesca James, Alicia Minshew, Rebecca Budig, Carrie Genzel and Wisner Washum the original head writer of All My Children.

2. In our last interview, we talked about your most cherished memory of the show, but what I'd love to know is, what was the most ridiculous story line you felt "Marian" had? One of the most ridiculous things I had to do playing "Marian Colby" was  making a pass at a very handsome doctor over the coffin of my dead husband. Even "Marian" had better taste than that.

Jennifer Bassey, Ryan Paevey, and Risa Dorken on "General Hospital"3. Now you are back in the world of soaps once again, this time, delighting the fans of General Hospital as "Quinn." What is one characteristic of hers you are glad you yourself don't possess? I'm loving playing "Quinn" on GH and the cast is fabulous. "Quinn" is very manipulative and I'm thrilled to say I'm not.

4. What is the biggest difference between Port Charles & Pine Valley? There seems to be a lot more people in Port Charles which makes it a lot of fun.

5. What changes have you noticed in the way soaps are filmed today? Of these changes, which ones are you like, "Oh this makes the work so much better!" In the old days we shot everything in sequence which meant you were at the studio all day. Now we shoot all the scenes that you're in one right after another so you are in and out pretty quick, which is great.

6. You have joined the cast of the Emmy award-winning digital series Anacostia. You're character in this show, "Beverly" plays a huge part in the twists & turns that will mark the end of this season. What is the biggest twist & turn to happen in your career that you felt has lead to you where you are? The fabulous Robin Strasser told Anacostia's producer, Ben Bryant, that I would be perfect for the part of "Beverly." He in turn contacted me on my website and the rest is history. I'm so grateful to Robin who may also be appearing on the show in the future.

Jennifer Bassey as "Beverly" on "Anacostia"7. "Beverly" also reveals a lot of secrets people didn't know. What is one secret you've held onto that you are ready to let out? I can't reveal that to you because its still a secret until the show airs on the 30th and 31st.

8. You are also in rehearsals for your upcoming cabaret show which will open Off-Broadway in 2018. What can you tell us about this project? When do you anticipate it to premiere? Probably going to do it in October 2018. Haven't set a date yet. The fabulous Marilyn Maye is directing it and we are having a terrific time. I'm really looking forward to it.

9. What do you still want to accomplish that you haven't? An Academy Award would be nice, ha ha.

10. I have a new segment to my interviews I call "I Can See Clearly Now" where I try to clear-up misconceptions. What do you feel is the biggest misconception about yourself out there that you would like to clear the air about? I would like to make it clear that I am not a nymphomanic even though I played one for 30 years, on and off. People really thought I was sex crazed because "Marian" was a sexual predator.

11. I also have a segment on my website called "One Percent Better" (inspired by my interview with All My Children's Terri Ivens) where, through my own fitness regime, I try to inspire people to improve their lives by 1% better everyday. What is something in your life you would like to improve by 1% better everyday? My prayer and meditation.

Jennifer BasseyMore on Jennifer:

Emmy Award nominated Jennifer Bassey was born in Chicago. Her first job in entertainment was as a singing Playboy bunny in the very first Playboy Club. Looking back at her two year stint at the House of Hefner, she recalls, "I was the meanest bunny in the hutch, but I made a fortune, darlings!"

She left her bunny ears behind and was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where she got the lowest entrance marks in the history of the academy. Three years later she graduated from the RADA with honors finishing just below classmate and future Academy Award winner Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Jennifer went on to the Big Apple, where she appeared in several Broadway and Off Broadway productions, including Neil Simon's California SuiteNot Now Darling, directed by George Abbott, In Praise of Love with Rex Harrison and The Homecoming (The Original Royal Shakespeare Production).

Off-Broadway credits include Moliere's Tartuffe and Wendy Wasserstein's Isn't It Romantic, both staged at the Tribeca Playhouse. Other off-Broadway appearances include playing "Katherine" in The Taming of the Shrew at the Roundabout Theatre, "Lady Macbeth" in Macbeth at the Stratford Theatre and Love Letters in which she co-starred with Ken Kercheval.

The Cast of "All My Children" (1990s)In 1983, Jennifer won the role of "Marian Colby" on ABC TV's All My Children, initially signing for a five-month stint. Due to the incredible popularity of the character, Bassey played "Marian Colby" for over 30 years. She became a contract player on All My Children in the summer of 1998, after having portrayed borderline nymphomaniac "Marian Colby" since the early eighties.

Beyond her other dramatic successes, she has enjoyed a flourishing film career. Jennifer has played characters in feature films such as WaxworkTwogether (which also featured both the performing and directing talents of Nick Cassavetes) and Dunston Checks In, where in a scene-stealing, skin revealing moment, she received an orgasmic massage from an orangutan! Jennifer has achieved prime-time success as a guest star on Law & OrderBody of Proof and Grey's Anatomy. Other notable appearances include LA LawFalcon CrestMurphy BrownSilk StalkingsMatlock and Coach. Most recently Jennifer has been guest starring on ABC's General Hospital.

Jennifer BasseyIn addition to her Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress, Jennifer also received two Soap Opera Digest Awards, the second of which was shared with her costar David Canary for Favorite Couple.

Jennifer shared her life for 30 years with famous playwright and screenwriter Luther Davis until his death in 2008. Today, she is engaged to George Bamford, a Law & Order alum and fellow actor. Each are working on their theater projects: a play Bamford wrote and a nightclub act for Bassey she’s planning for Feinstein’s 54 Below.

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