Gilberto to Perform During the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Series

Bebel Gilberto is preparing to bring a little bossa nova to Brooklyn…

The 47-year-old Brazilian American singer, who was born in New York City, has been added to the list of headliners for the Celebrate Brooklyn! performing arts series, one of the nation’s longest-running free summer festivals.

Bebel Gilberto

The Grammy– and Latin Grammy-nominated singer will perform alongside Brazilian singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer and percussionist Vinicius Cantuaria on July 18.

Meanwhile, the Latin, hip hop, and rock bandOzomatli will also perform during this year’s event series. The Grammy-winning seven-piece band will take the stage on June 18.

As Brooklyn’s cachet as a center of musical culture has grown, the reputation of Celebrate Brooklyn! has also risen. After debuting in 1979 during darker days for New York City, in an effort to draw visitors back into Prospect Park, the festival both boosted and benefited from the renaissance of Brooklyn.

Although Brooklyn is only one of the five boroughs that make up New York, its population of 2.6 million means it would rank as the fourth-largest city in the U.S., were it independent. The borough boasts a rich ethnic mix and a tradition of home-grown musicians, the two factors that give Celebrate Brooklyn its distinctive place on the U.S. festival circuit.

Jack Walsh, executive producer of the festival, who has helped guide Celebrate Brooklyn! for more than 30 years, creates a lineup of musical genres and performing arts that reflects that diversity.

Celebrate Brooklyn! will open June 4 with a show by Janelle Monáe in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Other performers include Nickel Creek, St. Vincent, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Amos Lee.

Celebrate Brooklyn! Lineup:

Janelle Monáe (June 4)
Soul Rebels (June 7)
A celebration of the music of Ornette Coleman (June 12)
Ozomatli (June 14)
Amos Lee (June 20)
the Dum Dum Girls (June 21)
War Paint (June 26)
Shovel & Rope (June 27)
Luciano (June 28)
The Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Talib Kweli (July 5)
Illya Kuryaki and the Valderamas (July 10)
The Alloy Orchestra (July 12)
Shen Wei Dance (July 17)
Bebel Gilberto and Vinicius Cantuaria (July 18)
Deltron 3030 (July 19)
Nickel Creek (July 24)
Screening of the 2002 film Amandia: A Revolution In Four-Part Harmony, featuring Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela (July 25)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (July 26)
Dance Theater of Harlem (July 31)
Jimmy Bosch and Su Estrellas (Aug. 1)
Kes The Band (Aug. 2)
Altan (Aug. 7)
the Asian Dub Foundation (Aug. 8)
St. Vincent (Aug. 9)

The ticketed benefit concerts to benefit the festival will be staged with Jack Johnson on June 10, the National on June 18 and 19, and Neutral Milk Hotel on July 22.

Lozano’s “One Life to Live” to Air on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Florencia Lozano will soon be on her OWN

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has acquired the first 40 episodes of The OnLine Network’s revivals of the 43-year-old half-Argentinean actress’ daytime drama One Life to Live.

Florencia Lozano

The program will include a 10-week limited engagement that will bring the cancelled ABC daytime dramas back to daytime.

Half-hour episodes of each show will air Monday through Thursday beginning Monday, July 15 with All My Children at 1 PM and One Life to Live at 3 PM.

“These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN. Added Jeff Kwatinetz, CEO of the soaps’ producer Prospect Park.

“We are really excited to bring OWN viewers and our audience at large an opportunity to catch up on All My Children and One Life to Live on traditional television.”

Lozano and Her “One Life to Live” Co-Stars Back on in April

There’ll be plenty of Florencia Lozano sightings in Llanview starting next month…

Prospect Park has confirmed that the revived ABC soap operas One Life to Live, starring the half-Argentinean-American actress, and All My Children will make their debut on the company’s The Online Network on Monday, April 29.

Florencia Lozano

Lozano will be returning to One Life to Live to reprise her role as Téa Delgado, a fan favorite.

Both soaps will air 30-minute episodes in broadcast quality and for free on TOLN partners Hulu and iTunes.

“I am so pleased that our dream of bringing these two series back to life is coming to fruition,” said Agnes Nixon, the creator and creative consultant for both daytime dramas.

Here’s a look at the first cast photos of both shows, as well as a list of their actors.

One Life to Live Cast Photo

One Life to Live cast members include:

  • Melissa Archer as Natalie Buchanan Banks
  • Kassie DePaiva as Blair Cramer
  • Robert Gorrie as Matthew Buchanan
  • Laura Harrier as Destiny Evans
  • Roger Howarth as Todd Manning
  • Josh Kelly as Cutter Wentworth
  • Florencia Lozano as Tea Delgado
  • Kelley Missal as Danielle Manning
  • Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord Buchanan
  • Hillary B. Smith as Nora Buchanan
  • Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord
  • Andrew Trischitta as Jack Manning
  • Jerry verDorn as Clint Buchanan
  • Tuc Watkins as David Vickers
  • Robert S. Woods as Bo Buchanan
  • Shenaz Treasury as Rama Patel

Recurring One Life to Live actors include:

  • Nick Choksi as Vimal Patel
  • Sean Ringgold as Shaun Evans

All My Children Class Photo

All My Children cast members include:

  • Julia Barr as Brooke English
  • Ryan Bittle as JR Chandler
  • David Canary as Adam Chandler
  • Lindsay Hartley as Cara Martin
  • Vincent Irizarry as Dr. David Hayward
  • Francesca James as Evelyn Johnson
  • Thorsten Kaye as Zach Slater
  • Jordan Lane Price as Celia Fitzgerald
  • Jill Larson as Opal Cortlandt
  • Ray MacDonnell as Dr. Joe Martin
  • Cady McClain as Dixie Cooney
  • Debbi Morgan as Dr. Angela Hubbard
  • Eric Nelson as AJ Chandler
  • Eden Riegel as Bianca Montgomery
  • Heather Roop as Jane McIntyre
  • Sal Stowers as Cassandra Foster
  • Denyse Tontz as Miranda Montgomery
  • Jordi Vilasuso as Griffin Castillo
  • Darnell Williams as Jesse Hubbard
  • Robert (Rob) Scott Wilson as Pete “Petey” Cortlandt

Viewers can watch their favorite One Life to Live and All My Children episodes and clips over and over again for free.

Vilasuso to Report for “All My Children” Duty on February 25

Jordi Vilasuso will be heading back to work later this month…

Prospect Park’s The Online Network has announced plans to commence production on February 25 on the highly-anticipated revivals of former ABC soap operas One Life to Live and All My Children, on which 31-year-old Cuban-American actor will reprise his role as Griffin Castillo.

Jordi Vilasuso

Principal production for both sudsers will take place in Stamford, Connecticut with new episodes of All My Children and One Life to Life set to debut later this spring.

Prospect Park revealed its plans to re-introduce the beloved vanguard franchises earlier this year, through a groundbreaking content deal that will bring premium first-run, broadcast-quality programming to a mass market audience via the internet.

Brand new 30-minute episodes of both soap operas will be launched each weekday and made available for streaming online via the free service and to subscribers of Hulu Plus. In addition, the iTunes Store will offer both series via iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV and Mac or PC.

Breathing new life into the storied franchises, Prospect Park and TOLN will blend updated themes and fresh faces with the fan-favorite Emmy-winning actors and writers who made these series must-watch viewing for legions of loyal fans.

Along with Vilasuso, previously announced All My Children cast members include: Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard), Debbi Morgan (Dr. Angela Hubbard), Vincent Irizarry (Dr. David Hayward), Lindsay Hartley (Cara Martin), Jill Larson (Opal Cortlandt) and Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater).

Previously announced One Life to Live cast members include: Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord Buchanan), Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord), Tuc Watkins (David Vickers), Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), Jerry verDorn (Clint Buchanan), Florencia Lozano (Tea Delgado), Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Banks), Hillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan), Kelley Missal (Danielle Manning) Josh Kelly (Cutter Wentworth), and Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning).

Prospect Park expects to announce additional casting details in the near future.

Vilasuso to Reprise Role on “All My Children” Online Revival

Jordi Vilasuso is heading back to Pine Valley…

The 31-year-old Cuban-American actor has signed on to reprise his role as Griffin Castillo on the online version of ABC’s cancelled soap opera All My Children.

Jordi Vilasuso

The announcement comes on the heels of a deal between Prospect Park and Hollywood unions to resume production of One Life to Live and All My Children online in February.

Other returning cast members include Darnell Williams, Debbi Morgan, Lindsay Hartley, Jill Larson, Thorsten Kaye and Vincent Irizarry.

Vilasuso, who won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Tony Santos on Guiding Light in 2003, most recently guest-starred on NBC’s Parks and Recreation.

Earlier this month, Prospect Park announced plans to revive the cancelled ABC soaps after confirming deals with SAG-AFTRA and the DGA — sticking points in previous talks — and inking the soaps’ creator Agnes Nixon to a consulting agreement.