Victor Newman and Michael Baldwin are on the move. The actors playing these and other characters from the long-running soap opera “The Young and the Restless” are taking on a live show with new dimensions: “Genoa City Live!” — a fan tribute event Sunday, Feb. 21, at NYCB Theatre at Westbury.
“Genoa City Live!” is dedicated to the CBS series — the longest running daytime drama — and includes behind-the-scenes stories from Eric Braeden, Christian LeBlanc, Joshua Morrow, Sean Carrigan, Melissa Ordway and Robert Adamson. During the main show, the fan favorites will dish on set secrets, take part in a Q&A and quiz fans in trivia. Superfans can stick around for a $75 post-show meet-and-greet, where they’ll get a moment with each star for autographs and photos.
“These events provide a unique opportunity for the cast members to thank our incredible fans for decades of support,” says Braeden, who has played the soap opera’s lead male character, Victor Newman, for 35 years.
AN EPISODE A DAY
Ordway, who was cast as Abby Newman in “The Young and the Restless” three years ago, says the daily nature of the daytime series allowed little time for growing pains.
“We film over one episode a day. It’s kind of like doing a play, but it’s on-screen,” Ordway says. “When you work on a movie, you get as many takes as you want, but because we move so fast, you have to be very prepared when you get on set.”
Ordway’s first scene was with Braeden, who plays her father in the series.
“I was very nervous when I first started because I was such a huge fan of his,” Ordway says.
“Genoa City Live!” will give fans a look into the cast relationships — on and off the set.
BEHIND THE SCENES
LeBlanc, who portrays Michael Baldwin in the series, says the “bedlam and beauty” of “The Young and the Restless” have led to the show’s longevity and success.
Braeden is the unequivocal “pillar of the show forever,” LeBlanc says, and the interactive elements of “Genoa City Live!” shows sides of the actors that are typically out of the camera’s focus. Braeden’s humorous nature is not evident in his villainous character, LeBlanc says.
“This is where you really get some time with the actors. There’s no velvet rope. No rushing the line,” LeBlanc says. “It’s quality time for you to see what effect you have on people.”
In 1972, William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell created the soap opera under the working title “The Innocent Years.” They changed it to “The Young and the Restless” a year later because they believed the new title more accurately reflected the mood of the early ’70s.
Set in the fictional Wisconsin town of Genoa City, “The Young and the Restless” premiered on CBS in 1973, revolutionizing daytime television with its rivalries and romances. The series — which focuses on the Newman, Abbott, Chancellor, Baldwin and Winters families — celebrated its 42nd anniversary in 2015.
Although she is the rookie of the “Genoa City Live!” cast, Ordway says she is often recognized as her character, Abby, in real life — and she has come to embrace it.
“I’m flattered that people see me as the character, and I love it,” Ordway says. “It means they’re watching.”