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Jacob Young, who plays J.R. Chandler on All My Children

Q&A with Jacob Young
January 27, 2010 by Suzanne

Jacob kindly answered our questions! See below the press releases about the stage reading he is doing in L.A. with other soap actors...

1. What was the main reason you agreed to do this reading?

I really enjoy doing theatre. Appearing on stage is so exciting, because of the connection to a live audience. These Agatha Christie characters are the first two I'm playing on stage since I was Lumiere in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" on Broadway. And I'm the co-producer of the readings.

2. Please tell us about your character in the reading.

In "Agatha Christie's The Unexpected Guest" I play Jan Warwick. He's a very conflicted young man because mentally he's around 15 years old, but physically he's an adult who doesn't quite know how to handle some of his grown up feelings. I'm also in the second reading "Agatha Christie's Spider's Web" in which my character helps out Juliet Mills (from "Passions") when she finds a dead body in her living room.

3. Are you a fan of Agatha Christie or mystery novels?

Yes, I always try to figure out the killer...and sometimes I get it right.

4. Do you plan to do more stage work?

Every chance I get. I have a play in development for Broadway that we had to put on hold for a bit because of the "All My Children" move to Los Angeles.

5. What has it been like, moving out to California?

My wife and son (he's 14 months old) are adjusting beautifully. I was born in Washington state and lived in LA for many years, so for me, it's like coming home again.

6. What was the major challenge you had doing the cancer storyline on "All My Children"?

There are so many people facing cancer in real life. For our fans who are battling for real what JR is dealing with on TV, I work very hard to make sure I'm showing the courage it takes to face something as major as this, and I try to be true to the roller coaster of emotions my character is feeling.

7. How would you describe the mood among the people who work in "All My Children," with all the changes in the show lately?

We are very happy with ABC's commitment to "All My Children" by their investment in the LA move. The new studio and sets are really beautiful. There's a great energy on the set that shows on screen.

8. We're all saddened by the fact that James Mitchell died last week. Do you have any special memories of him that you can share?

My last visit to James was this summer while I was in Los Angeles for The Daytime Emmy's. I went up to his house in the Hollywood Hills. Jill Larson was there. We had such a nice conversation. He was always a gentleman and a class act!

9. I have your first album and enjoyed it a lot. Are you still singing? How is that going?

Thanks!! I'm very proud of that album. I sing every day with my guitar. It's so relaxing to me. I got to sing on Broadway when I played Lumiere and sang "Be Our Guest" every night in "Beauty and the Beast." Recently I was singing in casino showrooms as the opening act for Joan Collins from "Dynasty" who was touring in her one-woman show.

10. What do you think the future will hold for J.R. and Marissa?

That's up to the writers, but in soap operas, couples never seem to stay happy for very long. Fans will have to tune in and find out...

Thank you for your time!

Here is the press release about the stage reading that Jacob Young and other stars are doing.

"PASSIONS" STAR JULIET MILLS AND HUSBAND MAXWELL CAULFIELD JUST ADDED TO LIVE ON STAGE AGATHA CHRISTIE READINGS IN LOS ANGELES JOINING STEFANIE POWERS AND THE BIGGEST STARS IN DAYTIME TV All-star casts of soap fan favorites -- Vincent Irizarry, Jacob Young, Ricky Paull Goldin, Robert Newman, Constance Towers, Adam Mayfield and More to Perform Readings of Rarely Seen Agatha Christie Mysteries

January 21, 2010 (Beverly Hills, CA) Soap Fan Mystery Theatre kicks off with a new series of staged readings featuring Hollywood favorites, the most popular stars of Daytime television, and captivating Agatha Christie mysteries at the prestigious Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills located at 135 South Doheny Drive at Wilshire Blvd. First up is "Agatha Christie's The Unexpected Guest", starring Stefanie Powers and a trio of popular stars from ABC's All My Children (AMC). Performances are Saturday, February 20 (8:00 pm) and Sunday, February 21 (2:00 pm and 7:00 pm).

Stefanie Powers, TV's iconic Jennifer Hart from Hart to Hart, will be joined on stage in Agatha Christie's exciting thriller "The Unexpected Guest" by this year's Daytime Emmy-Winner, Vincent Irizarry (AMC's Dr. David Hayward), Daytime Emmy-Winner Jacob Young (AMC's JR Chandler), and Adam Mayfield (AMC's Scott Chandler). After 40 years of taping in New York City, All My Children has recently moved production to Los Angeles. This is the first time the stars of All My Children will appear together on stage in Southern California. The role of the police inspector will be read by Robert Newman, who starred as Joshua Lewis for 28 years on The Guiding Light. Just added to the cast is soap legend Constance Towers (Helena Cassadine of "General Hospital.")

The second reading in the series, "Agatha Christie's Spider's Web," will be performed Saturday March 13 (8:00 pm) and Sunday March 14 (2:00 pm and 7:00 pm) and will star Juliet Mills (Tabitha from the cult favorite soap "Passions"), her husband Maxwell Caulfield, best known for his role as Miles Colby on "Dynasty/The Colby's", played Pierce Reilly #2 on All My Children, and has starred in popular films such as Grease 2. Ricky Paull Goldin (AMC's Jake Martin), plays the Police Inspector investigating murder and mayhem at a country estate with Agatha Christie's colorful suspects played by Jacob Young, Adam Mayfield and additional fan favorite guest stars still to be announced.

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all-time. Only the Bible has outsold her collective book sales of over 4 billion copies, and she is currently the most translated individual author in the world. Her stage play, "The Mousetrap", is still running in London's West End after 57 continuous years. The majority of her mysteries have been adapted for the big screen and television, and recently a new generation has been introduced to her works through the launch of cutting-edge video games, forever securing Agatha Christie's title of The Queen of Crime.

The series of plays is being produced by HOO R US Productions, a partnership between Jacob Young and Mark Rozzano. Rozzano's previous credits include Associate Producer of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" on Broadway, which after a 13 year run is now the seventh longest running show in Broadway history.

Reserved seating is $49.50. A limited number of $150 VIP tickets will be sold for each performance which include premium seating, a post show meet and greet, and a photo opportunity with the stars. 2-show subscriptions and group discounts are also available. Free Parking is provided for all performances! Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.tix.com or by phone at 1.800.595.4849. For more information go to http://www.soapfanmysterytheatre.com 

Stars are available for interviews and we will be delighted to work with you regarding ticket giveaways.

Earlier press release:

SOAP FAN MYSTERY THEATER LAUNCHES LIVE ON STAGE WITH TV FAVORITES & DAYTIME ALL-STARS Stefanie Powers, Vincent Irizarry, Jacob Young, Ricky Paull Goldin, Robert Newman, Adam Mayfield and More to Perform Readings of Rarely Seen Agatha Christie Mysteries

January 13, 2010 (Beverly Hills, CA) Soap Fan Mystery Theatre (www.soapfanmysterytheatre.com ) kicks off with a new series of staged readings featuring Hollywood favorites, the most popular stars of Daytime television, and captivating Agatha Christie mysteries at the prestigious Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills located at 135 South Doheny Drive at Wilshire Blvd. First up is "Agatha Christie's The Unexpected Guest", starring Stefanie Powers and a trio of popular stars from ABC's All My Children (AMC). Performances are Saturday, February 20 (8:00 pm) and Sunday, February 21 (2:00 pm and 7:00 pm).

Stefanie Powers, TV's iconic Jennifer Hart from Hart to Hart, will be joined on stage by this year's Daytime Emmy-Winner, Vincent Irizarry (AMC's Dr. David Hayward), Daytime Emmy-Winner Jacob Young (AMC's JR Chandler), and Adam Mayfield (AMC's Scott Chandler). After 40 years of taping in New York City, All My Children has recently moved production to Los Angeles. This is the first time the stars of All My Children will appear together on stage in Southern California. The role of the police inspector will be read by Robert Newman, who starred as Joshua Lewis for 28 years on The Guiding Light. Additional mystery guest stars from the world of Daytime TV will also be added.

In "Agatha Christie's The Unexpected Guest" Michael Starkwedder (Vincent Irizarry) - the unexpected guest - accidentally drives his car into a ditch on a foggy night and wanders into a nearby house to use the phone. There he discovers Laura Warwick (Stefanie Powers) standing over her dead husband's body holding a smoking gun. Together they hatch an alibi, but did she do it? With a houseful of suspects to choose from, Agatha Christie keeps the audience guessing "whodunit" right up until the shocking climax.

The second reading in the series, "Agatha Christie's Spider's Web", will be performed Saturday March 13 (8:00 pm) and Sunday March 14 (2:00 pm and 7:00 pm) featuring Ricky Paull Goldin (AMC's Jake Martin), as the Police Inspector investigating murder and mayhem at a country estate with Agatha Christie's colorful suspects played by Jacob Young, Adam Mayfield and additional fan favorite guest stars to be announced.

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all-time. Only the Bible has outsold her collective book sales of over 4 billion copies, and she is currently the most translated individual author in the world. Her stage play, "The Mousetrap", is still running in London's West End after 57 continuous years. The majority of her mysteries have been adapted for the big screen and television, and recently a new generation has been introduced to her works through the launch of cutting-edge video games, forever securing Agatha Christie's title of The Queen of Crime.

Reserved seating is $49.50. A limited number of $150 VIP tickets will be sold for each performance which include premium seating, a post show meet and greet, and a photo opportunity with the stars. 2-show subscriptions and group discounts are also available. Free Parking is provided for all performances! Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.tix.com or by phone at 1.800.595.4849. For more information go to http://www.soapfanmysterytheatre.com 

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