Soap stars team up for new LGBTQ drama.
Soaps.com has learned that various soap opera vets have come together to appear in Mélange, a new serialized, half-hour drama. Variety is reporting that Days of our Lives alum Morgan Fairchild (Anjelica Deveraux) will star in the series that surrounds the fight for ownership of Mélange, a historic New York City gay bar, following its owner Syd Winchester’s mysterious death. Viewers can expect themes such as addiction, immigration, inclusion, power and sexuality to be explored.
Fairchild will play Vivian, the wife of Syd Winchester, played by Guiding Light fan favorite Robert Newman (Josh Lewis). One Life to Live’s Scott Evans (Oliver Fish) is set to appear as Ryann Parker, a man who goes toe-to-toe to keep the bar out of Vivian’s clutches. Other soap vets taking part in the series include All My Children and Young and the Restless alum Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard, Sarge Wilder), General Hospital and One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson (ex-Kiki Jerome, Starr Manning), Ilene Kristen (OLTL’s Roxy Balsom), David A. Gregory (OLTL’s Robert Ford), and Diana DeGarmo (Y&R’s Angelina Veneziano). Others cast include Hart of Dixie’s Anne Ramsay, blogger Perez Hilton, Glee’s Alex Newell, Dead of Summer’s Mark Indelicato, RuPaul’sDrag Race’s Laith Ashley, A Luv Tale: The Series’ Maya Days, Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Pamela Winslow Kashani, and newcomer Omar Sharif Jr, grandson of Egyptian actor Omar Sharif.
Mélange is executively produced and created by Tom D’Angora with Gary Donatelli and Tim Kashani as directors. Shooting began in Manhattan on August 4 and will run through August 7. Stay tuned for future details, including when and where to watch.