Keeping up with the Guiding Light Alumni

This blog will now aim to keep you up-to-date on what is going on with the former GL cast members as they explore new horizons. Many of the stars you loved are involved in new projects, some in the genre, some on stage, while others have ventured on to something completely different! This blog is written and maintained by Tracey and Mike. If you have information you wish to submit for publication please contact one of us and we will consider your request!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

GL Vets to Join B&B

Exclusive: Guiding Light Vets Reunite on The Bold and the Beautiful
TV Guide
They played young marrieds Christina and Remy Boudreau on Guiding Light, and now Karla Mosley and Lawrence Saint-Victor have both been snapped up by The Bold and the Beautiful. But the casting is mere coinkydink! A rep for the CBS serial tells TV ...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tina Sloan's Happy New Year to Begin Regular Engagement In NYC


HAPPY NEW YEAR is a bold, new feature film about a group of brave veterans who find friendship while fighting to redefine their lives as they struggle to overcome PTS/PTSD.

The film, which amazed audiences and critics at the South by Southwest and Hamptons Int'l Film Festivals, tells the story of a war-torn Marine, Staff Sgt. Cole Lewis, who returns home scarred with mental and physical wounds from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lewis begins to find humanity, compassion and friendship among a group of similarly injured soldiers in the psychiatric ward at a remote veterans hospital-- survivors of World War II, Vietnam, and recent conflicts in the Middle East. As the men become Lewis' new family, Lewis becomes a ray of hope in the ward and together the men begin to heal. But just as their luck starts to change, Lewis faces his fiercest battle yet.

A searing portrait of the human costs of war by breakout writer-director K. Lorrel Manning and starring Michael Cuomo as Lewis, Happy New Year began as a sold-out Off-Broadway play and short film, inspired by more than 80 hours of personal interviews and countless hours of research the filmmakers completed with veterans, their families, and V.A. caregivers.

The film begins its regular engagement in New York at the Quad Cinemas on Friday, December 7, 2012.

WRITTEN & DIRECTED by: K. Lorrel Manning

STARRING: Michael Cuomo, J.D. Williams, Monique Gabriela Curnen

CO-STARRING: Jose Yenque, David Fonteno, Wilmer Calderon, Will Rogers, Noah Mills, Tina Sloan, Alan Dale, Seth Barrish, John Leighton, Frank Harts

PRODUCERS: Michael Cuomo, K. Lorrel Manning, Karl Jacob, Victoria Hay, Tom Stein,

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Iain Smith, Whitney Arcaro, Terrence Gray

CO-Producer: Ian Moore

Director of Photography: Soopum Sohn
Editor: William Miller
Production Designer: Katherine Rusch
Costume Designer: Tiffany Jordan
Composer: Paul Brill
Music Supervisor: Joe Rudge
Casting: Adrienne Stern
Military Advisor/Associate Producer: Joseph Harrell
Associate Military Advisor: Mike Scotti
Line Producer: Tracey Utley
Makeup Artist: Stephanie Wise
Stills Photographer: Nina Berman

Production Company: One Light Left, LLC
— with Joe Cecchini and 28 others in New York, NY.

DVD Featuring Ron Raines Available

Stretch Productions has a limited number of DVD's featuring Ron Raines (ex Alan) from a 2009 Christmas production at a church in Texas. The following is the information I received:

"I have a few DVDs left from 'Shiloh Terrace' with guest star Ron Raines (from 'Guiding Light' on CBS) from 2009, & singer Keron Jackson from 2011. I can go almost half-price on these. (15.00 USA; 20.00 international - inc. s/h) I am trying to clear out some stock on older Christmas & school shows! Message me for paypal instructions. (Mail ONLY - no pick-ups!)
Ron Raines from the CBS daytime drama "The Guiding Light" - special guest - Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church - JOY - 2009

Directed by Donnie Stribble & Claud Smith III; DVDs produced by Stretch Productions; email Stretch@swbell.net for paypal info"

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ron Raines On How GL Prepared Him for NEWSIES

Ron Raines On How Guiding Light Prepared Him For Newsies and Why He Still ...
TheaterMania.com
Ron Raines On How Guiding Light Prepared Him For Newsies and Why He Still Loves Follies. The former soap star dishes on why he loves being a bad guy on Broadway. By Brian Scott Lipton · Google+ Profile for Brian Scott Lipton • Oct 24, 2012 • New York .

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Ron Raines and Kelli O'Hara in Essential Voices Release

Broadway veterans Kelli O'Hara -- currently starring on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It -- and Ron Raines -- who is about to begin performances in Broadway's Newsies -- will be featured on the new CD, Celebrating the American Spirit, due out on October 23.
The disc is performed by Essential Voices USA and conducted by Judith Clurman. The centerpiece is Sing Out, Mr. President, a song cycle of sixteen newly commissioned compositions set to quotations by American presidents from Washington to Obama that showcases American composers Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, Robert Beaser, Jason Robert Brown, Thomas Cabaniss, Jake Heggie, Larry Hochman, Michael Gilbertson, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, Andrew Lippa, David Ludwig, Paul Moravec, Nico Muhly, Georgia Stitt, Zachary Wadsworth, and Jesse Wiener.
The CD also features new and newly arranged works by composers and writers such as Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Sheldon Harnick, Jennifer Higdon, Larry Hochman, Laurie Hochman, David Ludwig, Stephen Paulus, Marc Shaiman, and John Philip Sousa.
Pre-orders for the disc are now being taken at www.sonoluminus.com .

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Weekly Alumni Feature...Leonard Stabb

Over the years I have had so many people write me and ask for information about Leonard Stabb, who played the second Hart Jessup. I am happy to bring this update to everyone!

Leonard was the second actor to play Hart and also a fan favorite! His brooding good looks made him a favorite to many of the female viewers and the male audience as well. Leonard played a much darker Hart who had found out many things about his Father Roger Thorpe. Leonard was fantastic in the role and very much loved by his fellow cast and crew.

An unfortunate gliding accident in 1993 left Leonard with multiple injuries and brain damage. He had a very long road ahead of him in his recovery. His fellow cast members did many benefits for him to help raise money for all of his medical expenses! Michael Zaslow (Roger) was very close with Leonard, but after Michael's untimely death in 1998, no one knew what became of Leonard.

Earlier this year, my good friend Marshall Hilliard (4th Hart) and I set out to find Leonard and we did! Leonard is doing great and living in California with his caretaker. He is able to walk and talk, but unfortunetly, the brain damage will always be there. Leonard faces some challenges, but he is doing very good and is very happy!

Marshall and I have some things in the works to help raise some money for Leonard for his ongoing medical care. Please check Marshall's fan page on Facebook, where we will be announcing some things shortly!

I am including a picture taken a couple of weeks ago of Marshall and Leonard at one of Marshall's football games. Leonard is a huge football fan and The California Tide (Marshall's Team) made Leonard an honorary member of the team! Leonard had a great time hanging out with all the players that night as you can tell by the smile on his face!

Leonard has been very happy and excited to hear that fans of Guiding Light still ask about him and remember him! For all the adversity he has faced, Leonard is one of the sweetest and happiest people you would ever want to meet! I will have more things to come about him that I will be posting on this blog as well!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ron Raines to Return to Broadway

Ron Raines and Gina Tognoni at the 2011 Broadway Flea Market

Ron Raines will return to Broadway on October 9th in the Disney hit musical Newsies. Ron will fill in for John Dossett for nine weeks as Joseph Pulitzer while Dossett appears in a play in New York City. Ron finished his run as Ben Stone in Follies back in June after being nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical.  His run in Follies began in May of 2011 in Washington D.C. After critical acclaim the show moved to the Broadway stage in August of 2001 where it ran until January of 2012, before heading to LA for a limited run.

Raines began his career on stage and never imagined he's wind up playing "Alan Spaulding" for 15 years on Guiding Light. In addition to Follies and Newsies Ron has appeared in Broadway in Chicago, Showboat and Teddy and Alice.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Weekly Alumni Feature...Marshall Hilliard

Marshall Hilliard was the fourth actor to play Hart Jessup. Marshall was recast in the role in Late 1995 and was with Guiding Light thru June of 1996 when the role was recast again with Frank Grillo.

Marshall is a very close friend of mine and has done very well for himself since departing GL in 1996. He has done several roles on daytime and primetime including: Days Of Our Lives, The Young And The Restless, Two And A Half Men and many more! You can currently see Marshall on General Hospital playing a Police Officer. I spoke with him a few days ago and he had just worked a 12 hour day on the set of GH and loves working on the show! He also filmed an episode of the new NBC sitcom: The New Normal!

Marshall is also a personal trainer in LA and he has played for The California Tide Football team for the past two years as their place kicker where he has ranked the number one kicker in their league!

In addition to acting and playing sports, Marshall has also written and produced a pilot titled: Burn. It is a comedy that revolves around a gym and fitness center in LA. Marshall filmed the pilot in which he also plays the lead character and is shopping it around Hollywood and we are hoping that it gets picked up!

On a personal note...I want everyone to know that Marshall is one of the best guys I have ever had the pleasure of knowing! He is very loving to his fans and is very grateful for his time he had on Guiding Light!

I invite everyone to check out and like his page on Facebook that we both run together. Marshall is great about interacting with his fans and answering questions and between the both of us, we try to give updates as much as possible!

Here is the link to his page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Marshall-Hilliard/371768209542181

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sorry About Not keeping up!

My apologies for not updating this page. When I noted the number of visitors this morning I got to thinking that maybe there still is interest in the blog. With that being said I will do my best to get back to it!