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 Komen New York City Race for the Cure®

Sunday September 14 Maura West and her daughter Kate will be participating in the Komen New York City Race for the Cure® as part of the As the World Turns Team. This is the 18th annual 5K run/walk — the Komen New York City Race for the Cure® — its premier fundraiser.

One in eight women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2008, that’s over 170,000 people. More than 40,000 will die.

Monies raised are used to fund education, screening, and treatment programs for underserved women in the NY metropolitan area, as well as for local and national peer-reviewed clinical research. Donations are tax deductible.

Last year, Komen Greater NYC raised over $5.2 million, which allowed it to fund more than $3.8 million in grants and research.

With your help, this year’s Race for the Cure® will be even more successful, and Komen Greater NYC will be able to award more grants in 2009.

If you support this cause and can spare a few bucks, let's show some support for Maura Visit Maura's Page and her daughter Kate Visit Kate's Page.  I know Maura would appreciate it and it's a terrific cause!

View photos of the event HERE.

Broadway on Broadway

Michael Park will be appearing in Broadway on Broadway.

WHEN: September 14, 2008 at 11:30am.

WHERE: 43rd Street and Broadway.


DETAILS:  One of New York's great outdoor events, Broadway on

Broadway is a free concert co-produced in the heart of

Times Square by The Broadway League and the Times Square Alliance.

Broadway on Broadway will be hosted by Drew Lachey, currently starring in Monty Python's Spamalot and perhaps best known as the winner of "Dancing With the Stars" and a member of the phenomenally successful pop group 98 Degrees.

This free outdoor concert, attended by more than 50,000 fans, features musical numbers and appearances from almost every play and musical on Broadway, as well as sneak peeks at several upcoming shows opening in the new theatre season.

Broadway on Broadway 2008 will feature appearances and performances by stars from upcoming productions such as A Tale of Two Cities, Billy Elliot and 13, A New Musical, as well as some of Broadway's most beloved shows, including Avenue Q, Chicago, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Grease, Gypsy, Hairspray, In The Heights, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Legally Blonde, Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins, The Phantom of the Opera, Spring Awakening, [title of show], Wicked, Young Frankenstein, Mr. Lachey's show, Monty Python's Spamalot, and more. All appearances are subject to change.

Rock Show for Charity 

Bradley Cole's Annual Rock Show for Charity 2008
To Benefit the American Red Cross.

With performances by the Bradley Cole Band, Kim Zimmer, Ron Raines, Trent Dawson, Michael Park, Nicole Forester, Jon Driscoll, Caitlin Van Zandt, Mandy Bruno and other special guests from Daytime Television!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Two Shows! 7:00 and 9:30 Two Mix-n-Mingles! Tickets available at

Actors tentatively scheduled to appear are:

Murray Bartlett Robert Bogue
EJ Bonilla Mandy Bruno
Beth Chamberlin Crystal Chappell
Daniel Cosgrove Bonnie Dennison
Frank Dicopoulos John Driscoll
Marj Dusay Nicole Forester
Jessica Leccia Ron Raines
Marcy Rylan Gina Tognoni
Caitlin Van Zandt Kim Zimmer
Trent Dawson Michael Park
Jon Prescott Marnie Schulenburg
Chantee Schuler

  More to be added

For more information and updates, visit


Soap Star & Nazareth Alumnus Joins RCT Joseph Cast

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Rochester Children’s Theatre and Nazareth College Arts Center are proud to announce that As the World Turns actor and Nazareth alumnus, Michael Park, will guest star in RCT’s fully-staged, professional production of the hit Broadway musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, under the “Big Top” at Nazareth College (4245 East Avenue).

The Emmy Award-nominated actor, who has played Detective Jack Snyder on the CBS daytime drama since 1997, will perform as Pharaoh during the show’s opening weekend for two performances: Saturday, August 2 at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 3 at 4:00 p.m. Auburn actor David Autovino will play the role in the following weekend’s performances: Saturday, August 9 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 10 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available in person at area Wegmans’ That’s the Ticket! locations, or by calling Rochester Children’s Theatre at 585-385-0510.

Michael Park, a Canandaigua native, was a lead in Rochester Children’s Theatre’s very first show, as The Lion in Androcles & the Lion, at the Memorial Art Gallery in 1991.

“Michael definitely contributed ‘star quality’ back then, and I am thrilled to have him shine in Rochester again,” says RCT Producing Artistic Director Deborah Haber, who co-founded the company 17 years ago.

Park went on to play Raoul in the national tour of Phantom of the Opera. From there, he appeared in two productions at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center (Hello Again and Carousel) before making his Broadway debut in the original cast of Smokey Joe’s Café. He then originated the role of Monty in off-Broadway’s Violet, during which time he was cast on As the World Turns. He appeared with Martin Short and Faith Prince in the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Little Me, and performed in City Center’s Encores productions of Bloomer Girl (2001) and Applause (2008).

Park is a Nazareth College alumnus, as are the show’s director, Deborah Haber, its Musical Director Don Kot (who is also director of Nazareth College’s Musical Theatre program as well as musical director at Geva Theatre Center) and its lead, Jason Mincer (Joseph). Cast member Paul Ianniello (Dan) is a 2008 Musical Theatre graduate, and Audra Cramer (Issachar’s Wife) is currently enrolled in that program. Joseph Choreographer Lorraine Person is an Assistant Professor in Nazareth’s Theatre Arts program. Rochester Children’s Theatre has been Nazareth College Arts Center’s theatre-in-residence since 2003.

“We’re thrilled to have this reunion of sorts,” says Nazareth College Arts Center Director, Lindsay Korth. “Michael appeared on our college stage in both Guys and Dolls and Chicago. His talent, energy and joy in theatre have always been hallmarks of his work. We couldn't be prouder to have him as an alum.”

Based on the “coat of many colors” Bible story, this production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical will take place under a huge tent (the “Big Top”) on the beautiful Nazareth College campus. The show will include a special Children’s Chorus made up of RCT’s Musical Theatre Summer Conservatory participants.

Joseph is sponsored in part by Time Warner Cable, New York State Senator Jim Alesi, Wendy’s Restaurants of Rochester, M&T Bank and New York State Council on the Arts.

Maura West Nominated for Daytime Emmy!

On April 30 the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy nominations were announced and once again Maura West has received a nomination in the Outstanding Lead Actress Category.  2007 brought Maura her first Daytime Emmy win, also in the lead actress category. 

This marks Maura's fifth nomination.  She haa been nominated twice for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2001 and 2002 and for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2004 and 2007. She finally won a long overdue Daytime Emmy in 2007 for Outstanding Lead Actress.

You can view a list of all the nominees HERE.

The Daytime Emmy Awards will be telecast June 20, 2008 on ABC at 8:00 p.m. (ET) live from Hollywood’s’ Kodak Theatre.

On there is a video up now about the 12 nominations the show got. Chris Goutman talks about all the nominations and then there is a brief clip with the nominees. There is a box on the right hand side of the site to click on that takes you to it or you can go to the Video Vault and click on the picture in the center of Chris Goutman

Read Maura's interview at HERE.  View clips of the scenes she submitted HERE.


Hoty, Park, Glynn, Kennedy, Newman and Brown Will Sing Pure Country in Workshop


By Kenneth Jones
28 Apr 2008

Dee Hoty
photo by Aubrey Reuben
Producers Randall L. Wreghitt, Chris Presley and Ellen Rusconi announced casting for the current workshop presentation of Pure Country, the new Broadway-bound musical based on the movie of the same name. Its world premiere will be in the 2008-09 Broadway season.

Principal workshop casting includes Broadway veterans Michael Park (Smokey Joe's Café, Carousel, Little Me, the recent Applause for Encores!) as leading character Rusty, a country singer who reassesses his life; three-time Tony Award nominee Dee Hoty (The Will Rogers Follies, City of Angels, Mamma Mia!) as Lula; Tony Award winner Carlin Glynn (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Young Man from Atlanta) as Mama Ivy; Lauren Kennedy (Spamalot, Side Show, Sunset Boulevard) as Harley; Jeb Brown (currently in Grease, High Fidelity, Ring of Fire) as Earl; Jim Newman (currently in Curtains) as Charlie; and Michael McCormick (currently in Curtains) as Marty.

The workshop's ensemble features Eric Anderson, Becca Ayers (currently in South Pacific), Brad Bass (currently in Wicked), Darrell Blackburn, Bridie Carroll, Anderson Davis, Ryan Dunkin, Sarah Jane Everman (the upcoming Shrek The Musical), Jared Grimes, Stephanie Kurtzuba (currently in Mary Poppins), Courtney Laine Mazza (currently in Cry-Baby) and Allie Schulz. Production stage manager is James Harker.

Rehearsals for the workshop began the week of April 28 (when this casting announcement was made) and will culminate in three private industry presentations to be held May 22-23.

As is usually the case with readings and workshops, this workshop casting does not reflect final casting for the Broadway production, which has yet to be finalized and announced.

Pure Country — based on the 1992 film of the same name — will begin previews in spring 2009, with exact dates, casting and a theatre to be announced.

The musical features an eclectic, original score "drawing on the sounds of New and Classic Country, as well as Broadway and Adult Contemporary," according to the producers.

Peter Masterson, best known as the co-writer and co-director of the hit Broadway musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, will direct and is co-author of the book with screenwriter Rex McGee. The score is by Grammy Award nominee and Emmy Award nominee Steve Dorff (music) and Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar nominee John Bettis (lyrics).

The film soundtrack went to No. 1 on the U.S. Country Album Chart and spawned two No. 1 Country singles, "Heartland" and "I Cross My Heart." Both songs were written and co-produced by Dorff, the composer of the musical, and have been added to Dorff's otherwise new and original score for the stage musical.

Producers characterize Pure Country this way: "Sometimes fame and fortune aren't enough. In the new Broadway musical Pure Country, Rusty is a country music superstar at the height of his career with all the high stakes pressures that come with it. When they start to take their toll and he walks out of an overblown concert tour, his search begins to find himself — and the love he left behind. Pure Country is about the price of fame and one man's journey home."

The creative team includes Tony-nominated scenic designer Derek McLane (The Pajama Game), three-time Tony-nominated costume designer Ann Roth (77 Broadway shows including the original The House of Blue Leaves, Singin' in the Rain and The Odd Couple), Tony-winning lighting designer Kevin Adams (Spring Awakening, Passing Strange) and the Drama Desk Award-winning sound designers Acme Sound Partners (for La Bohéme, plus Spamalot, In the Heights).

Choreography will be by internationally-renown choreographer Seán Curran (James Joyce's The Dead).

Music director will be Eugene Gwozdz.

The film "Pure Country" (1992, Warner Brothers) was written by Rex McGee and directed by Christopher Cain. It starred George Strait (in his film debut), Lesley Ann Warren, Kyle Chandler and Rory Calhoun (in his final film appearance).



Tammy Rubin Rice Celebrity Softball Game!

CBS vs ABC - 10th Annual Tammy Rubin Rice Celebrity Softball Game

Saturday, June 7, 2008
Midwood High School Field
Avenue K & East 16th Street
Brooklyn, NY
11:30 a.m. Game Start

Tickets $25.00
Payable to: Shorefront Friends for Hospice
Mail to: Jodi Waxman, 61 Bay 35th St, Brooklyn, NY 11214

Tentatively scheduled to attend:

Allie Gorenc (Sage) Jake Silbermann (Noah)
Dylan Bruce (Chris) Agim Kaba (Aaron)
Billy Magnussen (Casey) Michael Park (Jack)
Jon Prescott (Mike) Austin Peck (Brad)
Mick Hazen (Parker) Ewa da Cruz (Vienna)
Daniel Manche (JJ) Ashley Marie Greiner (Faith)
Marnie Schulenberg (Alison)  


Friends of the Arc Foundation 8th Silent Auction

The Arc's Silent Auction & Basket Raffle will be held on April 5, 2008 at the Yahnundasis Golf Club in New Hartford. Michael Park of the daytime drama "As the World Turns" hosts the annual event. The Saturday-evening auction is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. and is presented by the Friends of the Arc Foundation. Park has made several fundraising appearances on behalf of people with developmental disabilities.

The silent auction and basket raffle will be from 7 to 10 p.m. followed by dancing to The Band Charlie from 10 p.m. until midnight. 
Park and the band are donating their time on behalf of people with disabilities.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 272-1533 or e-mail

The event is sponsored by The Friends of the Arc Foundation. Proceeds from this event will benefit Arc programs such as Saturday Friends (recreation/respite program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their siblings); TOPS (Teen Outreach Peer Socialization) program; Charles B. Wolkon Day Camp and CollegeWorks (college program for individuals with disabilities). 


As the World Turns Fan Club Luncheon


Luncheon, Autograph and Photo Session. Meet the Cast of As The World Turns!

Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 12:00 Noon until 4:00 p.m. (Doors Open at 10:30 a.m.) Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway (Between 45th & 46th St.), New York, NY


Cast Members tentatively scheduled to attend:

Tala Ashe (Ameera)                     Noelle Beck (Lily)

Dylan Bruce (Chris)                      Ellery Capshaw (Natalie)

Terri Colombino (Katie)                 Justine Cotsonas (Sofie)

Ewa da Cruz (Vienna)                  Trent Dawson (Henry)

Ellen Dolan (Margo)                      Eileen Fulton (Lisa)

Allie Gorenc (Sage)                      Ashley Marie Greiner (Faith)

Meredith Hagner (Liberty)             Van Hansis (Luke)

Don Hastings (Bob)                      Mick Hazen (Parker)

Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda)          Agim Kaba (Aaron)

Jennifer Landon (Gwen)                Billy Magnussen (Casey)   

Marie Masters (Susan)                  Eric William Morris (Matt)    

Michael Park (Jack)                        Wole Parks (Dallas)               

Colleen Zenk Pinter (Barbara)         Austin Peck (Brad)      

Jon Prescott (Mike)                      Jake Silbermann (Noah)           

Marnie Schulenberg (Alison)            Chauntee' Schuler (Bonnie)   

Lauretta Vaughn (Kit)                    Kathleen Widdoes (Emma)      

Marie Wilson (Meg)

Visit the GALLERY to view photos of Michael at the event!


Michael Park will be performing at "When You Wish Upon a Star..."

On March 8, 2008 the “When You Wish Upon a Star...” benefit will be held for the Music and Art Therapy Programs at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY.

Michael Park will be performing in an evening of cabaret music, along with his wife Laurie, Martha Byrne, Arthur Colombino (Terri's husband) and more.

When: Saturday March 8, 2008 7-10p.m.
Where Westchester Medical Center, Steven A Galef Lobby, Valhalla, NY
How: Tickets $150.00 a person, call (914) 762-2670 for information.

The Maria Fareri Children's Hospital is the only hospital in the nation named after a child. After Maria died, her parents, John and Brenda Fareri, learned that Maria had made a special wish as part of a school project - for the health and well-being of all the children in the world. With her spirit guiding them, her parents, family and other 20,000 members of their community made this wish a reality.  More information


Michael Park will be performing at Blend Bar

Blend Bar

Michael Park will be performing at Blend Bar. Also performing is Joya Bruno Lead Singer from (Expose) and Artie Colombino (Terri Columbino's real life hubby) and his band. Terri will be attending.

This will benefit Autism Marble Jam Kids on Saturday, February 23rd at Bend in Ridgewood, NJ. Tickets are $125.00 for info call 201 251-4343 or go to



Michael Park to appear in Applause at Encores!

From Broadway World

'Applause' at Encores! Feb.7-10 with Ebersole, Zien & Davie

Saturday, January 12, 2008; Posted: 2:41 PM - by BWW News Desk

Christine Ebersole New York City Center Encores! begins its 2008 season with the 1970 Tony Award-winning hit, Applause, starring Christine Ebersole, Kate Burton, Mario Cantone, Tom Hewitt, Michael Park, Megan Sikora, Chip Zien and Erin Davie. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall with Music Direction by Rob Berman, Applause will play five performances, from February 7-10 at New York City Center, 131 West 55th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues). 

Applause, based on the classic Bette Davis film, All About Eve, is the ultimate backstage musical – the story of the great Broadway star Margo Channing (Christine Ebersole) and her duplicitous understudy, Eve Harrington (Erin Davie). 

The original Broadway production of Applase starred Lauren Bacall and opened at the Palace Theatre on March 30, 1970, playing a total of 896 performances and winning five Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical. Songs include Applause, Welcome to the Theater and But Alive

The Encores! cast is: Christine Ebersole, Kate Burton, Mario Cantone, Tom Hewitt, Michael Park, Megan Sikora, Chip Zien and Erin Davie, with Tony Freeman, Bob Gaynor, David Studwell, J.D. Webster, Cole Burden, John Carroll, Paula Leggett Chase, Susan Derry, Sarah Jane Everman, Lisa Gajda, Gregg Goodbrod, Justin Greer, James Harkness, Joe Komara, Raymond Lee, Monica Patton, Manuel Santos, Jennifer Savelli, Chaunteé Schuler, Steven Sofia, Kevin Vortman and Kristen Beth Williams

Christine Ebersole (Margo Channing) won Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Obie Awards for her performance as Edith and Edie Beale in Grey Gardens.  She was also awarded the Tony for her performance in 42nd Street.  Other Broadway credits include Steel Magnolias, Dinner at Eight, and Gore Vidal's The Best Man.  Ms. Ebersole's previous Encores! credits   include Allegro, Lady In The Dark, Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 and A Connecticut Yankee. 

Erin Davie (Eve Harrington) made her Broadway debut as young "Little" Edie Beale in Grey Gardens. She appeared in the national tours of Swing! and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Off-Broadway in Infertility. She appeared as a featured soloist with the Boston Pops and has a BFA in Theatre from Boston Conservatory. After the run of Applause, Ms. Davie will join the cast of the current Broadway production of Curtains on Friday, February 15. 

Kate Burton (Karen Richards) starred on Broadway in The Constant Wife, Elephant Man and Hedda Gabler, receiving Tony award nominations for her performances in all three plays. Her 2002 nominations for Elephant Man and Hedda Gabler made her one of only three actors to ever receive dual Tony nominations in the same year. Other notable Broadway roles include Present Laughter, The Beauty Queen of Leenane and An American Daughter.

Chip Zien (Buzz Richards) most recently appeared on Broadway in the revival of Les Miserables in the role of Thenardier.  His many Broadway appearances include lead roles in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Boys From Syracuse, Into the Woods, Falsettos and Grand Hotel.  Mr. Zien provided the voice of the title character in the movie Howard the Duck

Mario Cantone (Duane Fox) made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning Love! Valour! Compassion! Since then, he has been seen on Broadway in The Tempest, The Violet Hour and Assassins. Mr. Cantone's one-man variety show, Laugh Whore, ran on Broadway, and his closing performance was taped for a SHOWTIME special. He has appeared on a number of television programs, but is perhaps best known for his role as Anthony Marintino on Sex in the City, a role he has repeated for the upcoming Sex in the City movie. Mr. Cantone was featured in the Encores! production of The Boys from Syracuse

Tom Hewitt (Howard Benedict) most recently starred on Broadway in the title role in Dracula, The Musical.  He was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show and has appeared in leading roles in The Boys from Syracuse, The Lion King, Art and The Sisters Rosensweig, as well as the national tour of Urinetown

Megan Sikora (Bonnie) made her Broadway debut in 42nd Streetand is currently starring in Curtains. Her portrayal of Bambi in the Ahmanson Theatre production of Curtains earned her an L.A. Ovation Award nomination. Other Broadway credits include Wicked, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Dracula, The Musical. Ms. Sikora was featured in the Encores! production of A Connecticut Yankee. 

Michael Park (Bill Sampson) appeared on Broadway in Smokey Joe's Café, Little Me at the Roundaboutand Carousel at Lincoln Center Theater, and off Broadway in Violet at Playwrights Horizons and Milk and Honey with the American Jewish Theater. His many television roles include that of Detective Jack Snyder on As the World TurnsHe has been nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award three times and a Daytime Emmy Award twice.  Mr. Park was featured in the Encores! production of Bloomer Girl. 

Kathleen Marshall (Director and Choreographer) returns to New York City Center's Encores!, where she last directed and choreographed 70, Girls, 70. The three-time Tony award-winner has directed and choreographed numerous Broadway hits, most recently a revival of Grease and the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of The Pajama Game, which won her the 2006 Tony Award for Best Choreography. As Artistic Director of the Encores! series from 1997-2000, Marshall directed many favorite Encores! productions and won a Tony Award for her choreography of the 2003 production of Wonderful Town that transferred to Broadway (which she also directed). 

Rob Berman (Music Director) begins his first season as Encores! Music Director, following his work on last season's Encores! season finale, Stairway to Paradise.  He worked as Encores! founding music director Rob Fisher's associate on a number of productions at City Center and took over the podium from Maestro Fisher during the Broadway transfers of Wonderful Town and The Apple Tree, both of which originated at Encores! He was the conductor of the Broadway revival of The Pajama Game and music director of the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration's Sunday in the Park with George (Helen Hayes Award, Best Musical Direction). Berman is music supervisor of Irving Berlin's White Christmas and music director for the Kennedy Center Honors. 

The 2008 Encores! season is sponsored by the Newman's Own Foundation. 

Thursday, February 7 at 8:00 pm
Friday, February 8 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 9 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 10 at 6:30 pm 

Tickets for the 2008 Encores! season are available at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues), through CityTix at 212-581-1212, or online at  Orchestra and Grand Tier tickets are $95; Mid-Mezzanine tickets are $90; Rear Mezzanine and Front Gallery tickets are $50; Rear Gallery tickets are $25. 

Visit the Applause at Encores! page for more information.