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Is The Search For An Actor To Play The Role Of Y&R's Adam Newman Back On?

Fans of The Young and the Restless who have been hoping that the recent “sighting” at CBS studios reported by Soap Opera Digest may have meant that fan favorite Michael Muhney is definitely returning to the role ofAdam Newman … may have to “hold their horses!”

Now comes word via Nelson Branco that a casting breakdown has gone out again that looks to be a search for Muhney’s successor in the pivotal role of the black sheep of the Newman clan.

According to the breakdown: The show is looking to cast the role of Aaron. It’s  a contract role, with the length of contract negotiable. Starts late July 2014.

The casting notice goes on to say, “Caucasian Male. Mid 30’S to Very Early 40’S. A LEADING MAN who is SEXY, Appealing and VERY charming. He is smart! A businessman who can out maneuver even the shrewdest. NOTE: Actor MUST be AT LEAST 5’10 and have NO ACCENT PLEASE. MAJOR CHARACTER. MUST CONSIDER ACTORS WITH STRONG CREDITS.”

So, do you think Y&R is still searching for the next Adam?  If so, and it cannot be Michael Muhney, who else would you cast who could possibly fit the bill?  Let us know!

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Does it really matter? All this means is now everybody will be discussing what happened in December with Muhney. This show has been on life support with me for a year I kept thinking they would turn it around . I do not know why they think they need this character the only person on that show JFP cares about is Steve Burton.

Yep…and…her unwatchable and (even more) untalented newbie friends. Beyond sad.

LOVED MM WITH SHARON CASE

Ditto. Show went to hell.

Dropped out when mm did been so long now i am out of the habit. Bring MM back and I will get back into the habit

I’m with you on that– Y&R had such a large fan base that even with losing viewers over a number bad regimes in recent history it still can hold it’s number one spot. But eventually those numbers will not hold if something isn’t done now to stop further erosion. As I said in my post, they can hire top quality actors, big names but if the story telling is weak and the writing is lame it won’t matter. They can cast and recast all they like, the real weakness is the writing. I bet if the stories were engaging viewers they would forgive a lot, but when they are bored– they become restless—no pun intended. I would even put up with SB if they wrote a decent story for the guy. So I wish they would recast the writing team, but as long as JFP is there I doubt that will ever happen.

The show does need Adam, Billy and Phyllis. Their connection to the various other characters on canvas drive stories. Something the newbies don’t do. But you’re right! If there isn’t writing to support them it will still fail. This writiing regime has half the characters OOC, rewriting history on a whim. Who’s to say they know who are Phyllis and Adam? They’ve already butchered Billy as if all those years at RS never happened which has nothing to do with DT’s performance.

AS LONG AS THEY DON’T MAKE ADAM BACK WITH CHELSEA

HEAVENS SAKE DON’T LET THE NEW ADAM BACK IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH CHELSEA. WHY IS SHE ON THIS SHOW STILL HE WAS SO MUCH BETTER WITH SHARON

You pinned to a tee!!! Sick of Steve Burton her pet and eating up all the stories…YR is by far in the worse creative mess compared to LML & MAB…and that’s saying alot coming from moi.

The fact is that it’s been six months and the majority of fans want Michael Muhney back. Sure there have been his detractors, but these are the same people that have bashed him for years. Muhney developed Adam Newman into a powerhouse character through his own talent and abilities. Just like Braeden defines Victor, Muhney defines Adam. Sometimes certain actors are able to connect with an audience beyond the normal levels. Muhney did it. Sure, TPTB at Y&R can recast the role, but they’ll never REPLACE Michael Muhney with the fans…and here’s a newsflash for CBS & Sony: Your show is hemorrhaging viewers and key demos. We can read the ratings and it ain’t pretty. The best way to jumpstart this show is to have that camera pan up “THE HANDS” and show us Michael Muhney’s face attached to those hands. Now THAT’S THE TRUTH.

Brandon Barash, Trevor St. John, or…who cares anymore!!!

Wait…i think Steve Burton would make a great Adam…lol

Ha! Too late for that, Jim. Another great idea though.

no one will ever be able to fit Muhney’s shoes !! NO ONE !!

I know, who wants this job? He will never live up to MM. Just like someone trying to fill Billy Miller’s shoes.

I agree. No one will be able to play Adam the way Michael did. This show is losing so many viewers and GH is about to pass it in the 18-49 coveted viewers. JFP strikes again. I think it’s a big mistake firing David Tom too. He has great chemistry with Chelsea.

I agree JFP totally screwing up Y&R. David Tom was growing on me and puff hes gone. She didn’t even tell him herself. Cady is a great actress but would be better as Phyllis. Gina would be better as Kelly. Isnt Phyllis older than Kelly???? Its the Steve Burton show now & his character is a bore. Avery in the kitchen is getting really stupid The only storyline that is ok is Neil & Hilary and Billy & Chelsea

Agreed

Justin Bruening, who played Jamie Martin on “All My Children.” Is he available? He’s hot, charming and talented.

If they are determined to recast the role they should at least wait awhile and give the audience time to acclimate to a new Billy and Phyllis (as if some of us ever can) before throwing a new Adam into the mix.

Michael Muhney will never calm down..
It will be a suicide mission for whomever takes the part of Michael Muhney..

Totally agree. I guess they are going with the “off with the Band-Aid” approach.

Very good point. The actor changing is dizzying!

Why would nelson branco post that SOD cover with only the muhney headline then, especially if he is his friend? I think it was a way for him to give us a clue without revealing the surprise. Also, Muhney has again become MIA after a couple weeks of thankful and happy tweets. Sounds like he may be too busy “working” to tweet. Or at the very least, they could be going through negotiations with Muhney and put out the casting call as a bargaining tool more or less. They do it all the time, waste the time of other actors to come in and audition when they already have someone picked for the role, but have not signed the deal yet and are working out the $$. I want to see Muhney again but I have mixed feelings b/c I caught a couple episodes recently after boycotting and the show is SO BAD. The only good characters are Nick Sharon with the Mariah story and that is about it. They would have to revamp the show completely, wipe the slate with new writers, EP, and get the show back to focus on the history of Y&R and the characters people actually cared about. Bring back Nina, bring back Ronan, bring back Philip and for God’s sake, BRING BACK DRUCILLA!!

Whoa whoa whoa, your panicking here! No one misses Ronan, Phillip, or Dru. Nina, yes, bring her back. The show is awful. They need to make a clean sweep at the top and bring in someone with fresh ideas who doesnt piss off half of the cast. Sorry Mr. Burton.

I agree with what you have said about the show, but, I am also enjoyed Chelsea and Billy scenes together. Too bad they fired him already. Be glad when CBS/Sony realizes who should be fired is JFP. But hey, didn’t they have her resume before they hired her?

Susan you are soo right fire JFP

Victoria Rowell/Drucilla dug her own grave and still keeps digging with the constant social media ranting about how racist Y&R is. I for one would never let her near that studio again the actress is like someone else I know who will remain nameless and no not speaking about MM it is never their fault. With every thing that has gone down over there concerning MM I would fall over if they ever brought him back. I do not think EB,MTS or a lot of others would stand for it.

Lilly, u just refuse to accept the facts. MM is NOT returning to Yand R. The show is not negotiating with him, he is GONE!

How about Joseph James check him out on Facebook

I’d never use the word “charming” to describe Adam Newman. Let alone “VERY charming”.

You said it! Adam newman is NOT charming. Who does CBS think they are foolin?

Lol. Exactly!!!! A stick in the mud was more charming.

I disagree…Adam could be very charming at times. He certainly was with Sharon and Chelsea. Whether you liked his romances or not, he did charm the pants off those ladies, LOL!

I think of the character as manipulative, not charming.

MBmomof3, Adam certainly was manipulative, but many of those kinds of people are usually charming. That’s how they do it…charm you.
Of course there were many times when he was pure evil, but somehow he was able to charm Chelsea and Sharon into coming around to his side.

DOESNT MATTER WHO THEY GET……Y&R NOW A SHOW OF THE PAST IN OUR HOUSE…ITS ON ITS WAY OUT…….

It is so YesteryeaR.

They put this out back in April and came up with a hand watching a computer screen. Are they casting the matching foot? Stop pulling our leg and just cast the man!! We are tired of being jerked around and the show needs Adam.

When Marian’s hand was first shown it was black. Maybe after seeing this mysterious white hand they will cast Malcolm Jamal Warner as the new Adam!

Mariah… Not Marian. Auto correct.

Heck I’ll accept Shemar Moore as Adam!

Actually it doesn’t.

The show was doing just fine without him. In fact it’s gone downhill since he hit the scene in 2008.

LMAO…

Sadly, it just doesnt matter anymore.

Unload your budget Y&R and rehire Michael Muhney! The show is sinking! We the fans have no idea what went down and why he was let go. If CBS is too ignorant to explain why such a beloved character was let go, why the hell should we watch your soap?

They need to cast him STAT! Surely there’s someone decent out there.

Honestly are we having this discussion again?? I think this the third time we were asked who should be the new Adam, or at least it feels like we have talked this out so many times. Unless MM is coming back I think the character should remain off screen for a longer time– too many recasts and new faces as is. They left Phyllis in a coma for over year before bringing in a recast– Adam needs to be gone for more time, because even if they bring in Bradley Cooper to play him, I doubt another recast will help.

I agree Mary. What is the point of any of this? Most people won’t be happy with whomever they hire, and I agree, they should wait longer to bring the character back.

NO ONE CAN PLAY ADAM,EXCEPT MICHAEL.!

I WANT MIKE MUHLEY BACK THE YOUNG RESTLESS IS SO BORING
WITHOUT HIM I willl not watch this show and tilll he returns
and get that blonde off that can’t act off the show

Brandon Barash, please!!

no. BRING BACK MM AND THE FANS WILL RETURN.IF NOT R.I.P Y&R.

I’m a long time fan and I’m still there. Loved MM’s acting but as Jeanne Cooper used to say: the SHOW is the star, not the actors themselves.

I feel like the Michael Muhney “news” that Digest released was a publicity ploy set up by CBS. They know that, not only does Muhney have a strong fan-base, but that, because of the TMZ rumors, publicity, bad or good, helps ratings. It’s sad, because I love Michael Muhney and he is so talented and really dominated the role of Adam, but I doubt he’ll actually be back. Good luck to whatever actor fills his shoes though, because it won’t be easily done.

I just feel like Billy, Adam, and Phyllis (even with a beloved soap veteran like Gina Tognoni) all being recast around the same time is a little overwhelming. I don’t watch Y&R anymore (and, no, it’s not just because I’m a Muhney fan; I just did not enjoy any part of the show anymore), but I have to assume that it will be jarring to the viewers who DO watch.

For all I care they can put Justin Beiber in his role, because without Michael Muhney, I won’t be watching.

With the low ratings Y&R is getting lately, you would think they would listen to their fans!!! How many times do they need to send out these articles asking us how we feel!??? We’ve already told you all if Michael Muhney does not reprise the role of Adam, then you may as well kill him off!! If you think David Tom had it bad when he came on, with a recast of Adam, it would not be pretty, that poor soul will not have a chance!! Just do the right thing and bring MM back where he belongs…and your ratings will go back up!

Nobody else but Michael Muhney can replace Adam Newman. That’s not going to cut it!! Team Muhney has spoken!!..;) End of Story!!!!

I hope not!!! ( The search for new adam)…. C’mon. Dangling hopes in front of us that he was spotted at the studio??? If MM does not return as adam.. And I’m now prepping for that reality then I will become another lost fan. Rip y&r 🙁

I’m with you Izabel no Muhney no me no Y&R. I HOPE IT GOES DOWN. The ratings will continue to fall. Team Muhney is huge and growing everyday. Y&R has dropped over a million and a half viewers since MM left AND GROWING. r.i.p. Y&R..Without our ADAM we could care less.

If TPTB aren’t smart enough to bring Michael Muhney back, then they deserve the backlash of all-time they’ll get for an Adam Newman recast. It they thought the rejection of David Tom was bad, they ain’t seen nothing yet. The fact is, Michael Muhney created the character of Adam Newman. Yes, Chris Engen established the role as an adult, but Muhney defined the role. Certain actors put their brand on a role and Adam Newman is Michael Muhney. Nothing else will satisfy the audience. Billy Miller established Billy Abbott and David Tom couldn’t continue the role. This is just the reality of the situation. Y&R is failing now. The fans are bored to tears. The ratings are falling and the key demos are walking. CBS has to be concerned. I’m not sure if Sony even cares, but the show clearly is a mess. Bringing Michael Muhney back is a sure fire way to quickly re-establish Y&R’s sinking predicament.

I could do without Adam, but if they must recast I think Trevor St. John would be AMAZING in this role. That said, they should have waited at least a year to recast IMO for several reasons.

TSJ not only works as Adam because of his talent, looks, age, experience, etc., but he also was a successful recast in a role that according to fans “could never be recast”. I was a HUGE fan of Roger Howarth’s Todd, but loved TSJ as all the characters he portrayed on OLTL, including Todd. He would make a great Adam.

I agree, if it can’t be MM, Trevor St. John would be an excellent choice!

Someone at CBS/Sony should get a clue about Y&R problems. There is one person who destroys soaps, her name is J. F. P .
She took down more then a few older soaps that got canceled and put GH on life support before she left. As for Micheal M. I wish they would bring him back with Billy Miller. They were the only two good actors I cared about on the show. If the power that be, don’t take action soon, I don’t want to see another soap go off the air. I also, don’t want to watch Y&R story line as it is now.

They should put adam on hold again and see how the audience is reacting to the recasts of billy and phyllis before bringing back adam they should wait at least in early 2015 to bring him back because in the present year TOO MUCH RECASTS HAVE HAPPENED THAT IS ENGOUH and who knows by the time JFP will be out of the show in the end of summer or beginning of fall and MM could come back.

Trevor St. John could pull it off. But he’s the only one I can think of other than bringing back Muhney.

This is some kind of bull shit and I like so many other’s am getting really tired of all the stupid rumors. Now you wrote that Paul got shot! WTH??? I have been watching this soap since the very beginning and the quality of this soap is in no way shape or form the kind of quality it should and needs to be to keep it up and running. What show gets rid of three cast members that we all enjoyed watching and loved and is the same year that the main character dies for real? This is messed up and I am not sure how long I am going to keep watching it either. STUPID STUPID STUPID!!!!!! 😛

Great as long if it is not Muhney and it’s not. He was let go for good reason. Let’s all move on, he was not all that not sure why some think he was it, he was not. There are so much better actors out there.

You’re entitled to your own opinion, as wrong as it is. Muhney defined the role. The recast will be an EPIC fail.

It will not be an EPIC fail, please I am sure the next actor will be just as great, you just don’t know that yet, so hold your thought.

“He was let go for good reason.” As told by TMZ, an unreliable gossip trash site? Yeah, no thanks.

Agreed. I’m not quite sure I understand this “cult of Muhney”. Y&R has always been a character driven ensemble show. Daytime shows used to not show the actor names or do a montage of actors in opening themes exactly for the reason that these shows are supposed to be about the characters and their stories, not the actors/personalities who portray the characters who act out the stories.
Over the past years a small yet obviously vocal minority has taken over the message boards to voice support for actors like Miller and Muhney. Not quite sure I understand. It is my understanding that Bill Bell did not use focus groups or let short sided fan reactions influence how he ran the show. It may be counter-intuitive, but I believe that is exactly WHY Y&R had been successful for so long. There was one head chef and one vision that, 4 out of 5 times, paid off for the viewer in the end. For a show that is produced for daily weekday consumption, that’s quite impressive.
Y&R sucks now, and Y&R is losing viewers. Maybe people have tuned out because Miller and Muhney are gone, along with Stafford. I don’t agree with that, but I don’t agree with 75% of things that occur in our country nowadays. It is my thought that if the stories are good, and the characters are well cast, the viewers will tune in.

I am one of many that won’t return if Muhney does not return. Team Muhney is huge. If MM doesn’t return Y&R will go down in ratings and will die another death in the soaps. So as one person don’t say the viewers will return. Speak for yourself not the million and a half that hasn’t watch since MM left.

Love this post, thank you. I’m genuinely mystified as to why “Team Muhney” would care who the recast is, they supposedly quit watching the show 6 months ago. If I stopped watching a show, I couldn’t care less what they do. I thought he was a good actor but it was a job, he got fired, the public is not owed an explanation….that’s show business… Let’s move on.

Oh yes and you were there to witness the whole damn thing. Y& R have lost ratings since we lost MM and if the replacement is not MM I hope Y & R goes down the tube. It would serve them right. You just like the fight!!

It makes no sense to bring but one more NEW person to the show. I work so i tape. I have not even been watching. IF they do not bring back MM then i am done. And I have been a fan who has taped this show for years. I cant stand the new Billy. He just does nothing for me. BRING BACK MM> He is the ONLY man that can play this role. Wake up Y@R. You are losing fans every day

Michael Muhney was let go Dec 16ish ..
It has been 6 months and still the his fans have not ”gotten over it” as CBS/Y&R believed we would forget..
Replacing Michael Muhney will backfire on CBS..

I feel sorry for the scapegoat they hire to replace Michael Muhney, he will need armor..

They’d be crazy not to go with Brandon Barash… but I hope they don’t because I’d rather see him turn up soon as Johnny on GH.

I was very disgusted with Michael Muhney’s
firing and the nasty rumors that followed. I
have continued to watch because I have watched
since the beginning and I decided to hope for
the best. If Adam is brought back I will have
to say goodbye. I have never thought an actor
was not replaceable until MM’s portrayal of
Adam Newman. He is Adam. I am now watching
General Hospital. Now that I am figuring
out who is who I am loving it. It is great to see
Michelle Stafford again. I am hoping to see MM
and/or BM there too.

Brandon Barash would be a perfect Adam. Even better than Muhney.

Why wish that on him?
Behind the curtain of Y&R is not good, not at all..
and I would not subject him to the whip of the MM fans.. 🙂

I love Brandon Barash , and hope he stays far far away from Y&R/Adam ..

You have got to be kidding. There is only one that can be Adam and that is Michael Muhney. Bring MM back and we will return. Fix it or continue to go down.

No Barbara, I am not kidding and I don’t care if you or any of the other ‘we’ return or not.

su0000, you have a good point regarding not wanting to subject Brandon Barash to the MM fans. I love BB too. 🙂

The producers, directors etc. are dragging this show down, unless you belt up fast , make an offer to MM that he can’t refuse , you may as well kiss the show goodbye, you have to realize that it is impossible to fill his shoes, he has already created an unforgettable image out there to his million fans, try to get him back, I say try because he probably is getting better offers now and may not consider returning after all the ugly behavior given him over the past few months. The show lacks and is totally boring with all the simple stories dragging on. Only MM can put the fire back into it.

Nelson is about as reliable and creditable and professional as a rock in the middle of the road. I don’t believe anything he reports or says. And he’s horribly biased and not a “true fan”.

I think Y & R should bring back Michael Muhney. I don’t believe the stories of him making sexual advances against anyone on Y & R. He portrayed the character perfectly. No one will do as good of a job portraying Adam as he has. He is Adam, no one else will do the character justice.
Sharon Rayner

I WISH YR would just admit the “Effed Up” and it’s 100% true! Adam Newman is one of the most riveting daytime characters of ALL TIME! With that said, you can’t just “replace” the actor who MADE the character what he is today…. Michael Muhney – PERIOD. I don’t care what CBS or YR say they made probably THE biggest mistake in daytime casting history! I will NEVER EVER accept anyone else in the role other then Michael Muhney! TPTB can “think” what they want, that we the fans will adapt & get over it but we will NOT. You can put any “A List” daytime star in “his” role and it won’t matter… They will never be THE Michael Muhney, they will never play Adam the way he did & that to me, is unacceptable. ESPECIALLY, especially that there is NO good PROVEN true reason why they did this – NONE!!!!!!! From what I can see, a crewl rumor & lie began that CBS & YR let run wild so they did not have to explain there reasons. What idiots, what a joke. Not only was this a gifted actor, but he is a man with a family making a living. Why haven’t they STILL came out with an explanation??? So we hear MM had a “foot in mouth”… Oooooh, big freaking deal – you made a HUGE mistake YR, now buck up and FIX IT!

We don’t need this character right now…let Adam cool off and move forward…MM had done damage to the character.

MM had done damage to the character? Are you kidding? MM made the character into the powerhouse that Adam Newman was. Seriously? LOL.

LOVE U ADAM’ = LOVE U MM’…. Michael was the reason I watched y&r. Recast this talented man plz, enoughs enough.

WOW Billy Miller joins General Hospital guess I’ll be watching that as well as Bold 7 The Beautiful. I have to admit I’m curious about the hands on Y & R. if they are MM I’ll be watching again especially since the truth about the paternity will come out and Nick will dump Sharon who may turn to Adam. If it’s a new Adam they can stick it where they stuck the new Billy Abbott (Tom)

i like the new phylis recast n i hope the new adam will be trevor st jon!! yr is getying better n picking up bring back a hot kyle while ur at it!!

I may be in the minority, but I wasn’t sorry to see MM go. I hope they don’t put Sharon with Adam whoever he turns out to be. I’ve always liked her with Nick.

The whole situation makes it impossible for me to root for Michael Muhney’s return. Sure, I loved him as Adam–he fleshed out a character who was darkly nuanced and complex. He is a brilliant actor. However, if he is guilty of these allegations I cannot in all good conscience scream for his return.
I also cannot tar and feather him based on the allegations because I simply do not know what happened. So as far as as either rooting for him or jeering for him, I cannot do either as I am in a state of inertia as long as the truth of what exactly went down comes to light.

James Scott is leaving DOOL.JFP should cast him as the new Adan Newman! He would be a great replacement if Muhney isn’t coming back.

Why bring Adam back? Victor is no kind of father,only thinks about Victoria ,Nic and test tube baby Abby,aren’t you tired of writing bad things about Adam

General Hospital

John J. York Returns as General Hospital’s Mac Scorpio and Shares, “Expect The You-Know-What to Hit the Fan”

General Hospital fans were overjoyed when John J. York (Mac Scorpio) revealed he was back on set and taping all-new episodes of the ABC daytime drama series.

The beloved GH star was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and multiple smoldering myeloma, two blood and bone marrow disorders, back in 2022.  Later, he underwent treatment for the cancer in September of 2023, which took him off the show while he went through a blood stem cell transplant and the recovery.

Now, those who have waited for Mac to finally get to the truth – that Cody Bell (Josh Kelly) is his biological son – may finally get their wish!  Speaking with TV Insider on his imminent return (he is back on-screen this coming Wednesday, June 19th), York shared on what’s about to go down, “Expect the you-know-what to hit the fan and let the dust come down and settle where it will, so get ready.”

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York also prepped viewers that he will look a little different when he first seen back in Port Charles, due to his cancer treatments, “My hair grew back nice. I was not sure how my hair would look because I was bald. Now it’s short, like a military cut.”

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Speaking on his own health and life, John shared, “With the MDS, if everything goes well with the bone marrow transplant, that should be handled. With the multiple smoldering myeloma, smoldering being the key word, it just kind of stays there in my system. There is a small chance that it could turn into full-blown leukemia at some point, but the goal is for me to die of old age before I die of any kind of blood cancer. I feel fantastic and all the blood tests that I take once a month have all pointed in the direction that things are all going in the right direction, which is really good.”

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Are you looking forward to the moment that Mac realizes Cody is his son? What do you think his reaction will be as he has been duped all this time? Happy, as we are, that John is back on-screen on GH? Comment below.

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One Life to Live Alum Jonathan Groff Wins First Tony Award For ‘Merrily We Roll Along’

Finally, in his third Tony Award nomination, the multi-talented Jonathan Groff, was named the Tony winner in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his work in the Broadway revival of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along at the 77th annual Tony Awards broadcast on CBS.

In one of the hotly contested categories of the night, Groff bested Brody Grant for The Outsiders, Dorian Harewood for The Notebook, Brian d’Arcy James for Days of Wine and Roses, and Oscar and Olivier Award winner Eddie Redmayne for Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club.

Many thought Groff should have won a Tony back in 2007 for his performance in the original Broadway cast of Spring Awakening, but ‘Merrily’ was the ticket to victory.

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One Life to Live fans may remember Groff played the teenager Henry Mackler back in 2007, in what was to be a long arc of a storyline involving a school shooting, but his role as cut short after 11 episodes, due to the real-life Virginia Tech school shooting in April of 2007.

Delivering the most emotional and heartfelt acceptance speech Tony night, Jonathan began. “I grew up in a house surrounded by cornfields in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I was raised by my parents, Jim and Julie Groff, and my brother David, and the three of them were sitting right there. Thank you for letting me dress up like Mary Poppins when I was three. Thank you for letting me act out scenes from I Love Lucy on my 10th birthday. Thank you for always allowing my freak flag to fly without ever making me feel weird about it.”

He added, “Even if they didn’t always understand me “my family knew the lifesaving power of fanning the flame of a young person’s passions without judgment. I walked through life with an open heart because you let me know that I could. Thank you to all of my teachers back in Pennsylvania, especially Sue Fisher, who told me I could do this for a living.”

Speaking to how Broadway has impacted his life, Groff further teared-up and expressed, “I moved to New York exactly 20 years ago this year and I got a job waiting tables and became a volunteer for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. All I wanted was to be a part of this community. A thank you to everyone involved in Spring Awakening who not only made that dream come true, but also inspired me to come out of the closet when I was 23. I’m now 39 and musical theater is still saving my soul.”

“Maria Friedman, thank you for letting me be your Franklin Shepherd in this production of Merrily and allowing me the chance to accept respect and express both the lightest and darkest parts of myself,” Groff continued. “Daniel Radcliffe and Lindsay Mendez, you are more than old friends, you are soul mates, and I’m looking forward to watching each other change for the rest of our lives. Thank you to every member of the extraordinary cast for lifting this Merrily into the spiritual stratosphere.”

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Groff concluded with, “And finally, I just want to say that when I was a kid in Pennsylvania, I used to record the Tony Awards on a VHS tape and watch the performances over and over again. And to actually be able to be a part of making theater in this city and just as much to be able to watch the work of this incredible, incredible community, has been the greatest gift and pleasure of my life. I thank you and thank you so much for this honor.”

So were you happy to see Jonathan Groff win the Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical? What did you think of his acceptance speech?  Watch it below, then Let us know in the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Wishes General Hospital’s Maurice Benard ‘Happy Father’s Day’; Is He Trolling Us … or is This the Ultimate Return Tease?

Sunday is Father’s Day, and it’s the time when many soap stars and celebrities take to social media to give love and shout outs to their dads.

In an another post that got General Hospital fans to take notice, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan Corinthos) dropped a blast from the past photo of himself alongside Maurice Benard (Sonny). Accompanying the photo, Bryan wrote: ‘Happy Father’s Day” Maurice Benard.

The post on X comes on the heels of a previous response by Craig to a post on Frank Valentini’s (executive producer, General Hospital) comment to On the Red Carpet, where he revealed that this summer, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.” In response, Craig teased, “Who could it be…”

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Now on Sunday responses to Craig’s post were met with varied responses from GH fans from “Stop playing with us” to “Now you’re just trolling us, lol. We really need you back right now.”  Still others took it as a potential confirmation that Craig is the mystery man on his way back to General Hospital stating, “I hope you’re going to back to GH!” to “Can’t wait!”

Craig last appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a brief return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared in numerous TV and film projects including: Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel.

So, is Bryan Craig yanking GH viewers chain, or is he slyly teasing us, because he knows he is the one returning to the ABC soap opera? Weigh-in on your theories below.

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