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General Hospital Recasts The Role Of Mayor Lomax With Shari Belafonte!

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Here’s some intruiging casting news out of General Hospital! Shari Belafonte has been cast as the new underhanded Mayor Lomax of Port Charles!

According to Soap Opera Digest, Saidah Arrika Ekulona who has played the part since 2012 is out, and the series has brought in Belafonte.

For those in the know, Shari has a long-running tie to the GH family.  Her husband is Sam Behrens, who played Jake Meyer from 1983-1988 (pictured here with Belafonte).  Look for Shari to make her GH debut in her new recurring role on January 19th.

Shari is best known for her work as Julie Gilette on the 1980’s television series Hotel, and is the daughter of legendary singer, Harry Belafonte.

So, what do you think about the new Mayor Lomax of Port Charles … Shari Belafonte? Comment below!

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Joe
Joe

Don’t really care for the recasting but hey, love Sam Behrens! Let’s bring back Jake Meyer!

su0000
su0000

As long as she won’t be in a couple mess of begging someone to love her and all that love gone wrong sappy boring stuff, I’m OK with the recast.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

As Lomaxs husband…

Liam
Liam

I agree! Bobbie needs some lovin’!! Besides Scott, I think Jake would do the trick…maybe, we’d even get more Lucy as a result (older viewers may remember he got Lucy pregnant). Noah Drake is probably on tour, D.L. Brock is dead, Tony Jones is dead, Damian Smith is dead, Stefan Cassadine is dead, Roy DiLucca is living in Miami, and Jerry Jacks seems to have forgotten (like the show) that he was once with Barbara Jean.

Justin
Justin

Yes Liam! Bobbie and Jake were a great couple! And I believe that’s what started the Lucy/Bobbie rivalry. It was soap magic!

Leslie-Carole Firestone
Leslie-Carole Firestone

I would love to see Sam with Shari I remember him on GH knots landing and another soap. He is also my Cousin.

penny
penny

Love Sheri, she’s a beauty and talent that’s needed on GH!

penny
penny

Oops, “Shari”.

CeeCee
CeeCee

It’s true, Joe. The mayor is such an obscure figure that most of us do not care for the recast. But, I love Shari Belafonte. If we must have a mayor on GH, I’d rather have Shari than Saidah. I just can’t see Shari playing an unscrupulously bad character en league with the DA.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Why do that I like the actress who played the part. These two bubble head writers are long known for recasting or writing characters into corners so you don’t care or forget they’re even part of the show.

Patrick
Patrick

I like the “former” mayor as well

she had a no nonesense approach …. “tough” as nails

ready to pack a whallop

don’t see Shari Belefonte in that arena ???

dang it tho! Sam Behrens…. wasn’t he all that on Knot’s Landing… as Valene husband

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, Patrick. But, she could also be bought for a song, no? Did I get that wrong? Isn’t she in the DA’s pocket? It remains to be seen if the recast fits in that same pocket.

Rosie
Rosie

Love Shari — excited about this!
Congrats to her! (I also did love Sam as Jake, so it would be an added bonus for him to show up, too.
Lots for him to do!)

Guest
Guest

Love Shari – think she will be great! And can she PLEASE bring back Sam / Jake Meyer with her!!! PLEASE!!! PC can never have enough Lawyers!! LOL .
Bobbie & Jake were great! <3 Those two!! Think they would still be great together!!

dolores
dolores

has not been such a major character in the past – will be interesting with re-cast

AJ
AJ

Wonder if that means a bigger story is coming up? The rigged election? Maybe it’ll bring Felicia back to the canvas too…

CeeCee
CeeCee

Great point and observation, AJ.

Ces
Ces

Is this another Frank Valentini crush? Didn’t really work for Donna Mills in soap land. Tired of stunt casting. Not to be rude — well, okay, just this onece — but when was the last time Shari did anything relevant? Come on GH, enough with the casting & recasting and over casting!

su0000
su0000

The role is insignificant/hardly seen..
but- Port Charles needs its’ Mayor.. (no big deal…

ces
ces

hope the character remains insignificant 😉

CeeCee
CeeCee

You’re right, su. I made the same point….the mayor is an obscure figure. However, AJ’s point is foremost in my mind, now that I think about it. Perhaps there’s a story to tell about the rigged election coming to the fore. Shari is a lot more charismatic than Saidah, if that is the case.
I also agree with Ces. I want Shari to act and not sing. Not too interested in that side of her.

KM
KM

I wouldn’t say another FV crush but would definitely say another cheap FV publicity grab by hyping a “name” star in a role that will only last a few days at best.

Mayor Lomax is what I think of as a non-character. Just a prop trotted out on rare occasions to further plot points. I can’t even get a mental picture of the actress who played the role before and I doubt too many would even notice that the role had been recast (yet again) much less with Shari Belafonte if GH wasn’t going out of their way to hype it.

No dis to the very talented Shari B and it’s good of her to do the role but she’s not known for her acting and I expect any of her fans who’d tune in expecting singing would be disappointed. Even if they do try to work in a singing number (from MAYOR LOMAX??) into their Toys For Tots Gala it would still be totally WTF????

IA with you. Enough with the stunts. GH should instead try to focus on actual solid storytelling. There can be room for an occasional guest shot within that but if that’s all you’ve got…you’re toast.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Love your post, KM.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Let me elaborate. KM, I know exactly what you’re saying. I am familiar with Shari…..my Gran loves Harry; so, it goes without saying I grew up hearing about the family, the music etc.
But as I stated above, I, too, am not so certain she can pull off the bad girl act.

ces
ces

Pretty sure I don’t want to see anymore “singers” on the show either. Not my style of music. Tired of stunt casting and just tired of more characters altogether … thought Paul would be a partner for Tracy but alas, he’s turned into another gangster.

None of the current stories are terribly exciting, not unless they can keep Johnny Z on the show!

su0000
su0000

To have Shari B sing they would have to put out big money..
it is the way it works, she would not perform/sing for free.
lol her manager would never allow it, either..

clh
clh

Why?

Janet
Janet

That’s a nice recast, since she has some history with GH married to one of GH lawyer guy in real life, so great recast GH

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Not familiar with her work, but if this ties up the loose ends to Mayor Lomax’s stories, then I am all for it.

Rose
Rose

Now I hope they have another fair election for a new mayor since the last one was fraught with “irregularities” and deals and cost us Felicia.

Timmm
Timmm

I think the mayor will clash with Paul. I dont think the re-election has anything to do with it?

CeeCee
CeeCee

I was thinking the same thing, Timmm. Perhaps the recast is to bring in a Paul adversary, and not one who can be bought. I think a storyline about Lomax is in the works and it directly involves the DA. If that is the case, it should prove to be interesting.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

I haven’t seen a photo of this actress in years. She really resembles her father in this photo.

Bonnie
Bonnie

Cant wait!! She is awesome! I do not think this is stunt casting, we don’t know maybe the other actress got another gig, and they plan to expand the Lomax character. Sheri has the chops to do it and perhaps she wanted to get back into acting. Great addition, just hope she gets screen time.

Yes, and a drop in my Jake Meyer would be nice! He is a lawyer so it is possible

Rodd
Rodd

Was the other actress no longer available? Sometimes I think soaps forget that the audience wants actors to remain in their roles and don’t normally take too quickly to recasts, regardless of how often they’re on. I’m just curious about the “why” of this recast. I love Sheri, but I also liked and was familiar with Saidah. You didn’t have to hit viewers who have been with GH for any length of time with the fact that she was the mayor. Now they will. Are they expanding the role?

Timmm
Timmm

Well okay BUT bring back JAKE to! PC can always use another attorney AND Bobbi needs a squeeze!

Belle
Belle

I like the other mayor, also; however, I’m willing to give Shari a chance in the role.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, of course, Belle. I was thinking that Paul and the mayor will be given more air time together. Now, if Lomax and Paul have had an affair in the past, the present Lomax appears too rigid for my taste. Enter Shari. She is so much softer than her predecessor.

Harry
Harry

I think Robert Scorpio is going to work with his brother and Anna to bring Paul down.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Harry.
I surely hope so, Harry. Scorpio and Mac should bring Paul, the Don Juan, down. I really like Tracy, and the way Paul is playing her really makes me feel for her. He really is bad news.

Sandy J.
Sandy J.

I’ve never thought of Shari as a singer, only ever as an actress. She’s an interesting recast for a role that no one likes or wants to see – except to bring Felicia back to the canvas – so I’ll reserve judgment until she appears onscreen.

As with so many others who’ve mentioned it, I would LOVE for Sam Behrens to return as Jake. He was Bobbie’s favourite husband of mine.

I so wish TPTB would let we fans see much more of the characters we’ve loved for so long, such as Mac, Felicia, Lucy, Laura, Bobbie, even Alice, and others who I’ve probably forgotten about since I never see them any more. I can really do without Franco, Nina, Dr. O., Paul Hornsby, Dillon, Jerry Jacks, etc. etc. They take up time that should be reserved for the characters and actors fans really WANT to see. Not too long ago I would have included Kiki in that list, but Hayley Erin has been doing a very good job lately. I have more complaints about who takes up valuable screen time, but this was originally about Shari Belafonte so I’ll quit while I’m ahead (if it isn’t tool late). Welcome, Shari, and feel free to bring your hubby with you!

Julia
Julia

I already dislike her character, so she’s doing a great job!!!

Frances Stefanski
Frances Stefanski

She is doing a great job. Someone you love to hate.

Regina Allen
Regina Allen

I knew she looked familiar. She is great in her part as mayor. She looks like”don’t mess with me!

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