Stewart is Beautiful

October 26, 2014

Well, we knew that anyway, didn’t we? This is what I get for not checking Paul Anthony Stewart’s Facebook page even when he hasn’t posted anything in months. I’ve missed a play he is in currently so I’m reporting on it now, better late than never.

Stewart‘s latest performance is in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. He announced he was joining the cast back in September.
http://www.broadway.com/buzz/177541/jessie-mueller-anika-larsen-jarrod-spector-to-stay-beautiful-paul-anthony-stewart-will-join-cast/ This is big news because it means Stewart is back on Broadway.

The description of the production given is:
Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager (named Carol Klein) struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend.

Song Samples By Cast Before Stewart Joined the Show:

This isn’t from this production, but they haven’t posted any yet. Here he’s smiling for once, so I’m using it. :)

Guide to Broadway:
http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/stephen-sondheim-theatre/beautiful-the-carole-king-musical.php

New York Times Review before Stewart joined show. Normally they don’t review even when major changes are made in the cast:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/theater/beautiful-the-carole-king-musical-at-sondheim-theater.html?_r=0

Find a photo of Stewart with the cast here:
http://www.broadway.com/buzz/178060/louise-goffin-daughter-of-carole-king-gerry-goffin-hangs-out-backstage-with-the-cast-of-beautiful/

Short blurb with current Stewart publicity picture:
http://www.broadway.com/buzz/177553/scott-j-campbell-paul-anthony-stewart-join-cast-of-beautiful-the-carole-king-musical-on-broadway/

Find promotion of the musical and a chance to buy tickets here:
http://www.broadway.com/shows/beautiful-carole-king-musical
And here:
http://beautifulonbroadway.com/carolekingsearch/?gclid=CIrlhbCyyMECFYxDMgodJzoAJA

And just because he’s from Iowa, here’s an article on the other new member of the cast, Scott Campbell, who joined when Stewart did:
http://www.therecord.com/whatson-story/4913754-waterloo-native-takes-over-as-gerry-goffin-in-carole-king-musical

To write Stewart during the duration of his run on the show: (I’m not sure when that will end at this point, Broadway shows that have run this long tend to keep on for a long time, but not all the cast stays with it. Check the cast list under the promotion pages to make sure he’s still in before sending letters if you’re finding this after 2014.)

Paul Anthony Stewart
Care of Cast of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”
Stephen Sondheim Theatre
124 W 43rd St
New York, NY 10036

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Offline Soap Fan

October 25, 2014

glmanny:

I think my creation of a dictionary for soap opera jargon is important, but it has slipped lately as I’ve had less time for my blog. So I’ve decided on the weeks I haven’t gotten a new term done I’m going to read through and update previous jargon posts and reblog them. I hope you enjoy them.

Originally posted on Glmanny's Blog:

Every Friday night I post another term of soap opera jargon. Find more on my Soap Opera Jargon page.

Offline Soap Fan – Very few people would self-identify as an offline soap fan. They just think of themselves as soap opera fans. However, online soap fans do talk about Offline Soap Fans and make reference to perceived differences between the two parts of soap fandom. There are many kinds of offline fans. Some just watch the shows. Others watch, plus buy magazines. Some even go as far as attending fan events. They communicate with shows, stars and other fans (via magazines) by physically writing and mailing letters, cards, etc. While by default a lot of older fans are offline fans, there are plenty of exceptions where older people are online. I would say you could only start calling me an online fan since 2009. I went online for other things…

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Dani Santos

October 22, 2014

One of my continuing series is posts about the characters you meet on Guiding Light. Tonight’s character is a little different. She never actually appeared on Guiding Light. Her existence is first discussed in my fanfic “Springfield Bound”, but I’ve continued to talk about her so much she’s started to appear in other people’s fanfics which is just great as far as I’m concerned as it’s as close as we’ll ever get to having her declared cannon. So if you write Guiding Light fanfic, please do include Danielle.  Danielle Santos was conceived from three ideas. First, I read a lot of alternative universe fanfics where they used that name for a hypothetical child of Manny’s because it was a combination of Danny and Michelle’s names. Once they pointed that out who could resist? Second, after showing how great he could be during Michelle’s first pregnancy that tragically ends in a miscarriage, Danny is, for various reasons, prevented from being with Michelle during either of their successful pregnancies, not knowing about either until they were far advanced. I always held that this was terribly unfair. Danny SHOULD have gotten to be there for a whole pregnancy so I gave them one. Third, I never gave up on Guiding Light as the writing plummeted. There was normally some bright spot to be found, but one of the only real bright spot in all of 2007-2008 was that Reva had a miracle post-menopause baby. That’s not much of a bright spot, but every single time they mentioned it, I thought well if Reva is still pumping out kids, surely Michelle should get one more, so here she is.

Danielle “Dani” Santos – Danielle Santos is the third child born to Danny and Michelle Santos. Michelle announced her pregnancy shortly after Rick and Mindy’s wedding set in the 2010 flash ahead from the finale. So Dani will be born the following year making her 3 in 2014 and a year younger than Francesca Cooper and H.B. Lewis IV who were born just before or after the flashback. This makes her six years younger than her older sister Hope and 10 years younger than her oldest brother Robbie. Dani is so young we haven’t experienced much of her personality yet, but she and the latest Little Billy have a bond and she looks like her mother with her father’s coloring, so her appearance is pretty close to her sister. Danielle was the first successful pregnancy that Danny got to be there for the whole thing. – Created in the fanfic “Springfield Bound.”

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Brittany Snow Anorexic

October 22, 2014

glmanny:

Reblogging some of my favorite or most visited posts.

Originally posted on Glmanny's Blog:

I feel rather stupid for totally missing this because apparently other fans did notice. Brittany Snow (Susan Daisy LeMay Cooper) was interviewed by People magazine in 2007 about her struggles with the illness.

Some brief quotes from Snow.

At age 12 I was on Guiding Light, and I wanted to be accepted by these adults I was working with. I started with the Eat Right for Your Type diet. a friend who was a little older was doing it. I have a perfectionist personality, so I wanted to do the best job I could. I was not eating anything it said not to. It was almost fun for me, like a  little experiment. Then I moved on to other diets….When I started losing weight, I got compliments from people I looked up to on the show. Soon, I was addicted to getting results….It would be easy for me…

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Gus Pressures Harley to Betray Her Friends April 25-May 1 2001

October 21, 2014

Wed., April 25, 2001 – Michelle comes in and Gus tells her that they have found where she burned all the evidence and they think they have enough to prove that she did it. He tells her he would like to give her a deal but if she doesn’t start talking there will be no deal. He tells her if she doesn’t talk before the lab works comes back he will put her in federal prison and she will not see her baby until he is very old. Michelle tells him she is going to call her attorney and tells Gus he will rip him apart. He slams his fists onto his desk and starts yelling at her just as Ross comes in. Ross tells him that he has to stop badgering his client without thought to her constitutional rights. Ross tells the cops he wants to speak to Michelle and everyone else leaves. Ross sighs and tells Michelle he doesn’t want to know any details so Michelle should keep her mouth shut. Michelle tells him a little anyway and he tells her not to discuss it with anyone even Meta and Rick, for their own protection. Gus walks back in and Ross tells him that until he files charges against Michelle he will leave her alone and remember all of her rights. Ross tells Michelle they are leaving and they walk out. Frank asks Gus if he is going to give up now but Gus tells him a lawyer doesn’t get that angry unless he knows their client is guilty as sin so he is going full steam ahead. He is sure he will get them very soon.

Mon., April 30, 2001 – Philip tells Harley that he heard she was put on the Santos case. Harley hates it but Phillip tells her it will probably be better that Michelle and Danny have someone on their side instead of someone wanting to bury them. Harley tells him her new boss wants to bury them. Right on cue, Gus shows up and Phillip answers the door. Harley introduces the two and Phillip excuses himself after telling Gus to lighten up on Harley, she needs some rest. Phillip leaves. Gus tells Harley she may be tired because every time he comes over there is a different guy there. Harley is offended. She tells him that Phillip is her ex-husband and baby’s father.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mmMnAh_0s8&list=PL4FF4182C12302411&index=12 (Note: Flips over to next bit in list, so watch for the end)

Tues., May 1, 2001 – At Infierno: Michelle and Danny have the baby at the club. Ray and Catalina are playing with Robbie. Ray asks how things are on the fed front and Danny tells him Gus is still around but they are clean so they should be fine. Danny thinks Gus will give up and leave town eventually. Just then Gus walks in, (he has a ‘bug’ hidden in a book that he is planning on planting in the club.) Catalina seats Gus at a table and Danny comes over and tells him to get out. Gus tells Danny he was minding his own business and not bothering him and his family. Danny says he will press charges for harassment if he doesn’t back off. Gus gets up and says he will eat somewhere else. Gus leaves. Michelle tells Danny that Gus just wanted to get his goat. Danny says Gus won’t leave town until he gets something on him. Ray says there is nothing to get on him so they can relax. Harley tells Frank that Gus got a court order to bug the Bauer’s House and she has to plant it. Frank asks if she did it yet. She says she hasn’t had time. She asks his opinion on what he thinks will happen if Danny and Michelle find out. Frank tells him that she can’t tell them. Harley says she hates doing this especially now that Michelle and Danny are finally happy. Frank asks Harley if she wants Gus to think she doesn’t know how to draw the line between her job and friendship. Frank says if Danny is out of the business the bug will get him off the hook, otherwise he will get what he deserves. Harley tells Frank that if Michelle did burn the evidence the bug will incriminate her. Frank tells her Michelle would never do that and the bug will probably only pick up everyone talking baby talk to Robbie. Harley says she will do it but she feels like a traitor. Rick comes over and tells her she doesn’t look like a traitor. Harley feels busted but realizes soon thereafter that Rick didn’t overhear anything else. Rick tells her that Gus won’t find anything because there is nothing to find. Rick gets up for more coffee and Harley tells Frank that Gus won’t be satisfied even if Danny is a choirboy. Harley feels bad about having to plant a bug. Frank tries to reassure her and says they have both gotten attached to the Bauer’s house since they got divorced. Harley doesn’t want to get thrown off the barbecue guest list.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0KO-x1LFBc

My Comments:
I know I’ve said this before, but honestly I can’t believe clippers left this stuff out. The whole Manny storyline right now is about them overcoming a series of obstacles one after another. First Danny’s guilt, then Michelle’s troubled birth, then dealing with Abuela, then the other mob families, and now the FBI. THIS is the Manny story and it’s a clever story, why don’t they include these great scenes. It’s also the beginning of the GusH which while I personally didn’t like as a couple, had a great initial build up. Both these couples were really tied up in this story and should definitely have been posted by somebody. Other than that we are mostly building. The next really important point comes after this which focuses on Harley and her split loyalties. Also I want to point out that Phillip was having a conversation with Harley about Danny and Michelle that he definitely sees himself as involved in Manny’s lives. That Danny-Phillip connection is one I’ll come back to you.

Beth Chamberlain Interview

October 20, 2014
Phillip and Beth, BBQ 2009

Phillip and Beth, BBQ 2009

Beth Chamberlain special with Let’s Talk About Soaps the life of a soap stars, Beth talks about Guiding Light behind the scenes. There is a terrible sound crackle behind the interview, but I think it’s worth putting up with.

Chamberlain talks about originally being hired for Beth. (She had originally tested for Mindy and they said they liked her, but she was more of a Beth than a Mindy and Beth wasn’t coming back right then.) She talks about the great GL casting director Betty Rea. How complicated Beth was and how important it was to getting her to play a range, but for Beth to be self-confident, mature woman as show ended. Chamberlain talks about her leading men through the years, about how being on a soap and how that worked and how she learned script and planned week. Lorelei Hills and the book Chamberlain wrote for her Lorelei’s Guiding Light: An Intimate Diary. Chamberlain regrets that they didn’t show the Beth-Phillip wedding in the finale. Chamberlain explains her theory on how Beth was always looking for Phillip again which explained affair with young writer Coop and wanting to combine Rick and Alan to achieve Phillip. Chamberlain admits she’d love to come back to Guiding Light if it was revived and gives her wish for what Beth’s storyline would be if it is. And gives her best try at naming off her characters full name with all marriages.

Note: For some reason one of the interviewers seems obsessed with Beth-Lujack. Chamberlain even has to explain to her that Phillip was the love of her life rather than Lujack. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Lujack’s name mentioned so much in a half-hour since Nick McHenry first showed up.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Guiding Light Halloween Fanfic

October 16, 2014
Nightlight at Night

Nightlight at Night

There has been too much going on in my real life to get much done in the way of fanfic, even editing other people’s, so I’ve been letting down the side, as the saying goes in terms of fanfic on the site. As cold weather settles in hopefully that will change, BUT in the meantime I’d like to get at least a couple of Guiding Light fanfics for GLManny’s Halloween Week.

The rules for special holiday week fanfic are:

  • It has to involve mostly people actually seen on screen on Guiding Light.
  • It can be set in any time period.
  • It can include any characters.
  • I prefer for it to be set in Springfield, but it’s NOT required.
  • It DOES have to be set during Halloween or right around there.
  • Don’t worry if you’ve never done it before this is the perfect opportunity to write a short one scene story.
  • I LIKE to have stories that include Manny, but YOU don’t have to. It really can be about anybody.

I’m also looking for people who might have done Halloween costumes of Guiding Light characters or something similar. Share your experiences or better yet your photos!

And remember I’m always looking for holiday episodes of Guiding Light, for any Holiday, any year to add to our collection of links.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Montel Williams Behind the Scenes

October 15, 2014
Montel Williams

Montel Williams

In 2008 Guiding Light sought a little star power to boost its sagging ratings. Mel Boudreau Bauer (the lawyer/doctor) and her brother Remy Boudreau (who with Christina was one of last truly great couples formed on the show) were prominent characters in the last few years of the show. Attempts were made a few times to bring their parents into more storylines. Introducing their mother Felicia was more successful, she was at least referenced a regular basis and appeared several times when a counselor or psychologist was useful and a few times it really wasn’t. Their father Clayton was less successful and recast a couple of times between his infrequent appearances. The best attempt, although he didn’t have much story, was when they brought on Montel Williams. He first appeared in August 2008, but sadly only remained in the role until December 2008. This short piece involves welcoming Montel to the show and his tour behind the scenes.

Learn more about the character of Clayton Bourdreau here:
http://soapcentral.com/gl/whoswho/clayton.php

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

What Makes Guiding Light Special

October 12, 2014

glmanny:

I’m revisiting some of my favorite blog posts over the years, checking each for needed up dates. I hope you enjoy it.

Originally posted on Glmanny's Blog:

UPDATE: This was originally published the week of the last Bauer BBQ in 2009. I’m doing a little editing in 2014. I hope you enjoy it.

Danny and Michelle with Phillip, 2009

Danny and Michelle with Phillip, 2009

If this was the last Bauer BBQ, it was one of the best of recent years, not missing a beat from the traditional beginning of a flag raising, to the annual egg toss and three legged race. Rick spoke about remembering being a kid and sitting on the diving board eating cookies and that’s what makes Guiding Light so unique and irreplaceable. I don’t quite remember Rick doing that (he’s older than me), but I grew up with the Bauers and watched the BBQ faithfully since it started in the early 1980s. However, I really know Rick, I grew up with him. I know his dad, his best friend since high school Philip, all his various wives, all…

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Some Guiding Light Fun

October 9, 2014

Here are two minutes of bloopers and outtakes from Guiding Light right before the slip into everybody living at the Beacon and the Main Street set so it must be around 2006.

Phillip and India Bloopers from a scene from 1985.

I found these two, anybody else have any Guiding Light bloopers to share?

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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