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Annaleigh Ashford goes Broadway in new ‘B Positive’ opener

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B Positive co-star Annali Esford is reconsidering her Broadway roots in the new opening credits of the CBS sitcom – reminiscent of a sensational music scene number.

In a three-minute montage filmed over four days at the Warner Bros. lottery in Burbank, Ashford will play Gina in the series B Positive – who inherited $ 48 million from a grateful resident and bought aid at the season 2 premiere. the place where he works.

The new opening credits reflect a change in the show’s tone last season, in which party girl Gina’s high school acquaintance offered to donate a kidney directly to her single father, Drew (Thomas Middleditch), he underwent dialysis and he hoped to survive. healthy itself for transplantation (this was successful). This season, Drew expressed his love for Gina. (Middledich, wearing a tuxedo, also appears in the new opening series.)

“[Series creator] Chuck Lorre called me and told me how he wanted the show to go, ”Ashford, 36, told The Post. “I think it’s very important that we change the initial credits to reflect what will happen in the story,” he said. I think we need to celebrate the place of residence and the magic of the musical number, and let’s use your talents in this area.

Annaleigh Ashford in the pool series for the new opening
Annaleigh Ashford in the pool series (with Aquadettes) at the new opening of B Positive.

Ashford’s impressive resume on Broadway includes “Legally Blonde,” “Kinky Boots,” “Sunday in the Park with George” (as opposed to Jake Gyllenhaal) and his Tony Award-winning performance in “You Can’t Take It With You” .

The new opening, choreographed by Spencer Liff, will be set in the living room with the help of Gina, who will perform the show’s theme song in several different scenarios, including interacting with “residents” in an Esther Williams-type pool number.

Annaleigh Ashford poses in front of a piano while filming the opening ceremony of her new B Positive credit
Annaleigh Ashford is photographing the opening montage for the new B Positive loans.

“In a physical therapy sequence, people do stretching exercises and someone does really great body work in the gurney,” Ashford said. “We have people dancing using pedestrians, IV poles and balance balls, and we have a Bingo series that does fun choreography with Bingo stamps and Bingo cards.

“We did the synchronized swimming segment with great performers called Aquadettes,” he said. “They are a swimming team over the age of 65 and we spent the whole section with them. I’m very bad at swimming – I know how to swim, if I got stuck in the middle of the water, I could swim backwards for four hours – but these women were in the water for an hour, and one of them was 95 years old. Do not do this for two minutes. They helped me.

“It felt great to wear a few sequins. I will not lie to you, ”he said. “On the third day, I was in a lot of pain. I was preparing my hair and makeup, I had to freeze my legs. I said, “What’s wrong with my body?” I thought. All the dancers [on the segment], their origins are on Broadway and many of them have danced in LA for years. They said, “Girl, Paul [on the soundstage] if it’s concrete, you put ice on your legs at night. I learned new things. “

Annaleigh Ashford and Thomas Middleditch on stage in Season 2 of B Positive.  Ashford leaned against the edge of the counter, co
Annaleigh Ashford and Thomas Middleditch co-authored the scene in Season 2 of the CBS series B Positive.

New opening credits can vary from episode to episode. “It gives editors and producers a lot of different things about what they can use,” Ashford said. “There are different versions of what we photographed.

“It’s very relevant because Betty White has passed away recently and a lot of people are watching The Golden Girls,” she said. There were several opening-credit versions of this series, and we get the “long” version from time to time. There is something exciting and fun about that.

“People in my life watch [‘B Positive’] sends me an SMS if the credits are a little longer or a little different. This is an extension of our 22-minute storytelling with the audience.

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