This month, the historic Wilbur Theatre in Boston’s theatre district is hosting a bevy of hot television stars including two favorite soap actors; Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson from General Hospital.
The comedy and music venue already hosted top TV comics Louis C.K. and Doug Benson earlier in August. The famed Second City comedy troupe is on the road this summer with their Laugh Out Loud tour, stopping at the Wilbur on August 19. The improvisational group was a starting point for many of today’s greatest TV comedians, including Tina Fey, Steve Carrell and Stephen Colbert.
While Second City launched the careers of “Saturday Night Live” greats like Bill Murray, Gilda Radner and John Belushi, an up-and-coming SNL star will be taking the stage at the Wilbur on August 20. Featured player and gifted impressionist, Jay Pharoah is best known for his spot-on Denzel Washington and Will Smith impressions during Weekend Update and will surely display his best characters for the Boston audience.
Four musically-inclined cast members of daytime soap “General Hospital” formed a band of their own and are taking the group on tour this summer. Port Chuck, named after the fictional town of Port Charles, that serves as the setting for “GH,” stop at the Wilbur on August 26.
The band even holds a connection to New England, as Bradford Anderson, band member and Spinelli on “General Hospital” is a native of Meredith, New Hampshire.
Comedian and “MADtv” alum, Bobby Lee performs at the Wilbur on August 27 as a part of his summer comedy tour. The San Diego native is known for cracking jokes at the expense of his Korean American family.
Brittany Curran caught the acting bug at a very young age, and has proven that with talent and dedication, it is possible to break into the industry. Born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, Brittany was “spotted” when she attended a convention in L.A., only a year and a half after taking her first acting classes. She moved to the West Coast shortly thereafter to pursue her aspiration as an actress in Hollywood. “My favorite part about living in L.A.,” Brittany says, “is being immersed in the history of Hollywood and its community.”
At the age of 19, Brittany has been working steadily ever since her guest role on “MADtv” in 2001, and has appeared on the television shows “Drake & Josh” and “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” as well as in the movies 13 Going on 30, Akeelah and the Bee, The Uninvited, and others. She now has a role on the popular TNT show “Men of a Certain Age,” playing Lucy, the daughter of Ray Romano’s character.
The series “Men of a Certain Age” is about three run-of-the-mill childhood friends, played by Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, and Andre Braugher, who are now in their late forties and constantly battle to stay on top of middle age and its hardships. The show is more of a “slice of life” drama than television has become accustomed to, with emotional and comedic moments alike. Critics have praised it left and right, hailing the series as a success with great potential for the future. In fact, “Men of a Certain Age,” which first aired in December, has already been picked up for a second season.
Brittany has said that her favorite part of working on “Men of a Certain Age” is simply interacting with the people, whether that be the cast or the production crew.“ And working with Ray Romano was a dream come true, even just auditioning with him was a highlight. He’s very down to earth and when he adlibs it’s hilarious,” says Brittany. As fans of their respective baseball teams – Romano with the New York Yankees and Brittany with the Boston Red Sox – Brittany even tried to make a unique bet with the famed actor and comedian. “The deal was if the Yankees got farther in the playoffs, I’d buy him a cup of Starbucks coffee; and if the Red Sox did, he’d buy me an actual Starbucks. Unfortunately, he turned that down.”
In terms of how she would like to see her career progress, Brittany wants to continue working on “Men of a Certain Age” as well as all different kinds of films. Though she has already shown her range with her diverse performances, she’s enthusiastic about working on anything from serious dramas to slapstick comedies in the future. “I never plan on retiring,” Brittany says, “I plan on living to 110.”
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