Dear Suds Buds,
Let's play pretend. Say you are married to a soap star. A very popular soap actor. He happens to be one half of a super couple. You are also a singer/songwriter, who has kept in contact with a former love. You get asked to write a song, a theme song for your real-life husband and his on-screen wife. So, you call upon your ex-love to help write the music. Meet Kelly Moneymaker, real-life wife of DOOL's Peter Reckell (Bo). Find out how the Bo and Hope theme came about and how Moneymaker culled from her heart to write the lyrics. Then, LA fans, come on out and meet Moneymaker and Reckell and other celebs at Zen in Silverlake (see Seeing Stars below) this Saturday night, August 24 from 7:30-10 PM.
Speaking of hot soap stars, fans be sure to pick up the September issue of Playgirl magazine. Read on to find out more.
Kelly Moneymaker Makes Music for DOOL's Bo and Hope
"Ever since I can remember, and ever since my parents can remember, I've been singing," said Kelly Moneymaker. "I think when I was two years old, I sat on my Dad's lap and told him I was going to grow up and be a singer. I think I am very fortunate that I knew very early on what I wanted to do in my life."
And so are we. Moneymaker, a singer/songwriter is the real-life wife of daytime hottie, Peter Reckell (BO, DOOL). Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, Moneymaker found her way down to the lower 48 by the time she was a pre-teen, eventually landing in Los Angeles as a member of the all-girl group, Exposé. She has just released her second solo CD titled "Through the Basement Walls," featuring the bonus track, "Can't Live Without Your Love," the Bo and Hope theme from Days of our Lives. The theme song aired in its entirety on May 22, 2002, during a Bo and Hope montage when they found out that Zach was indeed Bo's baby. "They played the whole song which is very rare in television," said Moneymaker. "I felt quite honored. It was beautifully done."
Imagine being the wife of one of daytime's hottest stars who also happens to be one half of Bo and Hope, a romantic pairing that maintains supercouple status among DOOL fans, and writing a theme song for your husband as he plays a character in love with another women! But then, who better to know what it would be like to live without the man, then his real-life wife?
The idea for the theme song started a while back when Ken Corday heard Moneymaker singing at a Christmas party. "I think I just hopped up on stage and jammed with the band," said Moneymaker. "He kept joking saying that you should sing something for the show. You should be on the show. When are we going to get you on the show?"
Corday continued joking with Moneymaker along those lines and one day, "Peter came home with a Christmas montage of Bo and Hope and we watched it, and I was really inspired because I had this melody floating around in my head for a while and when I saw that episode, the lyrics just came in right away," Moneymaker explained. "I was inspired by my husband's work with another woman, but also my love for him. So, I wrote the lyrics."
The creation of the song gets even better, as not only was it written for Moneymaker's real-life husband's relationship with his fictional character's wife, but it was co-written by the former man in Moneymaker's life!
"I called a friend of mine, who used to be my ex love, and asked him to write the music with me," said Moneymaker. His name is Stuart Mathis, and he is currently on the road with Jewel performing as her opening act.
"He is such a great guy," said Moneymaker. "So, it's a family affair song. I tried to keep in mind all the characteristics that the fans love about Bo Brady, and Hope and their history together and how much they've loved each other over the years and the changes they've gone through and the challenges that everyone has watched them grow through. And also, the changes in our lives, and what Peter means to me. I tried to keep it all in that idea, and convey it in a song."
Moneymaker did just that. The lyrics ring out with romance: "After all we've been through, you know I'll always love you. I want to share my life with my best friend, and I can't live without your love. I'd be so lonely without you. I'd be nothing without you. Baby, I can't live without your love!"
Interesting that when Moneymaker met Reckell, she didn't know who he was. Singing all her life, and just coming off her stint with Exposé, she wasn't that familiar with the world of daytime TV. She was rather cool toward him at first.
"We met at charity event in Jackson, Wyoming with Connie Stevens six and a half years ago," she said. "I was performing. Peter was one of the guest celebrities. He heard me sing and kind of chased me down. Honestly, I wasn't very nice to him in the beginning. I was in this space where I just wanted to be alone. I didn't want to date anyone. I wanted to ski alone. He came up to me and I had no idea who he was. He said 'I think you sing wonderfully and I want to hear you again.' I said 'thank you,' and I walked away. He had his work cut out for him! Plus, he had all these screaming women following him around. And I just thought, ah, what does he want with me?"
Famous last words! "This was right at the end of my Exposé contract," said Moneymaker. "When Peter and I started dating, it was a celebration for me being out of the contract."
But Moneymaker still keeps in touch with her bandmates from Exposé. Ann Curless is in New York, but Jeanette Jurado will be joining Moneymaker and singing with her at the release party for the new CD, "Through the Basement Walls," and you can be there too! The CD release party begins at 7:30 PM at Zen's, 2609 Hyperion in the Silverlake section of LA on Saturday, August 24 2002. Tickets are $15.00. Call 1-866-NITESUN to order. Stars from Days of our Lives and other TV celebrities will be in attendance!
If you're not in LA and miss the release party fear not. Moneymaker is scheduled to tape scenes on DOOL, appearing as herself, singing "Can't Live Without Your Love" at the Blue Note as Bo and Hope watch from the audience.
"I am really honored that they want me on the show," she said. "I was shocked when I played Ken Corday the song, and he loved it right away. The fans have been very supportive. Days fans are very loyal. They have been very supportive of the song and of me being on the show. I really appreciate that. I feel very fortunate and excited. I am a little nervous, too. I am not used to being on camera. I am used to singing and being in front of audiences, but having a camera in front of your face is a little unnerving for me and I am a little out of practice. So that is the only anxiety I have. But I have a great acting coach. I happen to live with a great acting coach, so I think I'll be all right!"
The scenes with Moneymaker will most likely be taped in September for an October airing. Stay tuned! The new CD, "Through the Basement Walls," featuring "Can't Live Without Your Love," the Bo and Hope theme song, is available at1-866-NITESUN. It will also be on sale in the top 50 markets coming soon.
Daytime Soap Stars Bare All - Playgirl's Got It All (Un)Covered
Playgirl scores this September with pages of hot and sexy soap stars from TV's most provocative daytime dramas. If you haven't met them before, you'll know them intimately now.
In a Playgirl exclusive, actor James Hyde who plays police chief Sam Bennett on the NBC soap Passions, reveals the pleasures of working on TV's most exciting daytime show. To show appreciation to all those cute crime fighters out there, Playgirl also put him on the cover! Did we mention this chief has nothing to hide? Arrest us, officer!
Then, in Playgirl's "Soap Hunk Retro," you get ten of the steamiest soap stars ever to be featured in the magazine including Victor Webster, Ron Moss, Ingo Rademacher, Austin Peck, Winsor Harmon and plenty more. TV should always be this hot.
Get Your "Weekly" Dose
Soap fans, Soap Opera Weekly has got you covered. Here's what's in the August 27 issue, on sale now to cover the week of August 19-23, 2002.
Days of our Lives: Someone is shot this week. Will they survive? Get the scoop. Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols (ex-Kayla Johnson and ex-Steve "Patch" Johnson), reunited on-screen? They were. See how. Days is recasting a young character. Read all about it. Kyle Lowder and Arianne Zuker (Brady and Nicole) tied the knot. Get the details. Unable to hold its upcoming Fan Festival as planned Nov. 2-3 at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., NBC is hunting for a new time and location. Get the details on the change from NBC exec Sheraton Kalouria. Deidre Hall is a Winner this week. Find out why. Did you know what a romantic James Reynolds (Abe) is? Read what he's been doing for his wife every single day since they were married over 15 years ago. Days played some touching music when Hope gave up JT. What was it? Find out if our readers want to see Hope with a gun and a badge again, and tell us who Tony's next love interest should be. Any good triangle leaves you torn over who should win, and Days' Philip/Chloe/Brady trio has done just that. Read what we thought of the latest developments.
Guiding Light: Which star has just inked a new long-term deal with the show? Someone who's done extensive work on Sex and the City has been hired by GL. Who could it be? GL's Ed is a Winner this week, and Reva's a Loser. Find out why. "I just find what I like and feel comfortable in, and that's what I wear - even if it means wearing the same pair of jeans over and over again." Which GL hunk said that? Find out if our readers think Danny should dump his mob lifestyle for Michelle, and tell us if you want Beth with Phillip or Bill. GL played some beautiful music as Cassie dealt with Richard's death. What was it?
Young & the Restless: A character head writer Kay Alden describes as "temptation incarnate" will reappear in GenoaCity. Who is it? Meanwhile, another character will depart but only for a brief time - while yet one more will make a one-day appearance. Also, read about a couple of special visitors for Victor and Nikki's wedding, and Alden sounds off on the search for a new Billy Abbott. While some people may already think of Michael Baldwin as a loser, he gets the official crown this week. Find out why. Did you see the recent report in TV Guide that said a recent Y&R ratings drop was specifically due to Shemar Moore's (ex-Malcolm Winters) departure? Head writer Kay Alden responds. Joshua Morrow (Nicholas) has had a lot of experience as a dad on the show, but now he and his real-life wife are expecting their own bundle of joy. Read how they're preparing for the birth, and how they expect it will change them. What do Heather Tom and Kelly Kruger (Victoria and Mac) do to look good when they haven't gotten enough shut-eye? See if it's what you'd do. Move over Katherine and Jill. There's a new pair of dueling divas in GenoaCity. Read what we thought about the recent catty scenes between Nikki and Lorie. Find out if our readers want Chris with Paul or Michael, and tell us how long Nikki and Victor can last this time. Get all the facts - at least the ones she's willing to share - about Lyndsy Fonseca (Colleen) in her F.Y.I.
And fans of every show will appreciate the following stories:
Josh Ryan Evans Tribute: Whether you were a Passions fan or not, you knew who Josh Ryan Evans was. The remarkable, talented young man made his presence felt in daytime, prime-time and the movies with his talents and his positive outlook on life. His tragic, untimely passing touched practically every arm of the entertainment industry. Read our tribute stories on Josh, including comments from several of Josh's Passions co-stars, television producer David E. Kelley and Oscar-winning director Ron Howard.
In Prime Time this week, we preview American Dreams, the family-friendly new NBC drama that stars Brittany Snow (ex-Susan Lemay, Guiding Light). Also, get a peek at the new season of returning favorite Judging Amy, as well as late-breaking casting news on Dawson's Creek and ER.
And as always, get the latest story previews and recaps, find out where to see your favorite stars at events, read your fellow viewers' opinions and see what your favorite stars wore out on the town.
All My Children:Micah Alberti has been cast in the contract role of Jamie Martin. His first airdate is Thursday, August 22, 2002.
As the World Turns:Kevin O'Rourke plays Dr. Bartlett, Margo and Katie's
surgeon, on Wednesday, August 21 and Thursday, August 22. Jon Bernthal plays a stage manager at WOAK on Friday, August 23. Carina Rush plays a nurse and Jonathan Sale plays an orderly on Friday, August 23, 2002.
Days of our Lives:Bryan Dattilo returns to Days of our Lives as Lucas for several appearances, beginning on Monday, September 2nd. Darian Weiss (age nine) assumes the roll of Will, Sami's son with Lucas, beginning on Monday, September 1st. The roll is recurring.
Guiding Light:Morgan Ashley plays Lizzie's friend, Shannon, on Tuesday,
August 20. Eve C. Reinhardt plays Holly's assistant on Wednesday, August 21. Charles Daniel Dandoval plays a priest on Friday, August 23 and Monday, August 26. Matthew Schmidt plays Olivia's neighbor on Friday, August 23, 2002.
One Life to Live:Tom Sesma plays an editor at The Sun. He airs on Monday, August 19, 2002. Barbara Niven has been cast in a contract role. She first begins airing in September. 2002.
As the World Turns: On Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25 see Michael Park (Jack) at Roosevelt Field Mall, Long Island City, NY. Kristina Sisco (Abigail) plays Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Calgary, 61 East 21st Street, New York, NY. Performances run September 3-7 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $12; call to order them at 212/414-5408.
Bold & the Beautiful: On Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1, see Sean Kanan (Deacon) at The Mall at Stonecrest, Lithonia, GA.
Days of Our Lives: On Saturday, August 24 join Kelly Moneymaker (Mrs. Peter Rickell, BO) at Zen, 2609 Hyperion, in the Silverlake section of LA from 7:30 -- 10 PM. Moneymaker sings songs from her new CD, "Through the Basement Walls," featuring the bonus track, Bo and Hope's love theme, "Can't Live Without Your Love." Tickets are $15.00. Call 1-866-NITESUN to purchase. Kyle Lowder (Brady) will sing the National Anthem at the LA Dodgers game on Thursday, September 19th. Game time is 7 PM. The Dodgers will be playing the Giants that evening. On Saturday, August 24th, Matt Cedeno (Brandon) appears at a Sears opening at the North Riverside Park Mall in North Riverside, IL. (The address is 7503 West Cermack N. Riverside, IL 60546.) Matt will be signing autographs from 1-3:30 PM. Call 708/588-6600 for info. On Saturday, August 31st, Matt Cedeno will be appearing at a Sears opening at the Riverdale Village Mall in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. (The address is 1273 Riverdale Blvd.Coon Rapids, MN 55433. Matt will be signing autographs from 2-4 PM. Call 763/483-3400 for info. Celebrity Softball Game and Events, September 29, 2002, in Greenville, SC. Scheduled to appear are Alison Sweeney (Sami), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), Justin Melvey (Colin), Farah Fath (Mimi), Matthew Ashford (Jack), and more. Call 864-268-9232 for ticket info. Hotel accommodations by Hilton Greenville and Towers. For reservations, call864-232-4747. CRUISE WITH THE STARS: Set sail with the stars from Days and Passions for a Soap Opera Cruise Weekend aboard a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship. Fans will depart from Los Angeles on Friday, October 25 and sail down to Baja and Ensenada, Mexico returning to Los Angeles on Monday, October 28. Actors scheduled to participate are Matt Ashford, Kyle Lowder, Kevin Spirtas, and Passions' stars. Fans aboard the ship will attend cocktail parties with the stars and take part in autograph sessions and interactive programs hosted by soap columnist Lynda Hirsch. Rates begin at $459.00 per person and can be booked by calling Landfall Travel at 1-800-835-9233 or by logging on to www.landfalltravel.com
GeneralHospital: Saturday, August 24, 2002 see Wally Kurth's (Ned) Kurth & Taylor Concert at GH Fan Weekend. This year, featuring Jaime Ray Newman and her Band. Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, Studio City, California. Tickets are $50 each. Send check or money order, plus SASE to Elana Bonaventura, P.O. Box 6566, Bakersfield, CA 93386.
One Life to Live: On Wednesday, August 21, 2002 Erika Slezak (Viki/Niki) speaks at the 7th Annual Ann Taylor Salute to Survivors of Breast Cancer Fashion Show, Ann Taylor's Flagship Store, Madison Avenue @ 60th Street in NYC from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Catherine Hickland (Lindsay) appears on QVC with Cat Cosmetics on Monday, August 26. Approximate times are 8-10 AM and 8-10 PM. Check local listings.
Passions: JoinGalen Gering (Luis) at The Mall at Stonecrest in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, August 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call (678) 562-8955 for info. Look for more information in upcoming issues of Soap Opera Digest Magazine. Galen Gering (Luis) and James Hyde (Sam) will play celebrity golf to raise money for WeSPARK (which stands for Support, Prevention, Acceptance, Recovery and Knowledge) at actress Wendie Jo Sperber's 4th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic on Saturday, September 21 at the Glen Annie Golf Club in Santa Barbara, CA. WeSPARK is a cancer support center that is devoted exclusively to providing emotional and spiritual support for cancer patients and their friends and families. For more information on how to support the Golf Classic, or WeSPARK call (818) 906-3022 or visit www.wespark.org. Join and support Andrea Evans (Rebecca), the City of Hope's Celebrity Ambassador for the Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month. Andrea will be heading the walk at the City of Hope's headquarters in Duarte, CA on October 6. You can obtain more information or register online at www.walk4hope.org. More details to come as we get closer to this charity event.
Young & the Restless: DonDiamont (Brad) plays a supporting role in the Adam Sandler/Jack Nicholson film, "Anger Management." The film is still in production, so look for it to hit theaters, oh, I'm guessing something like Summer 2003. MichelleStafford (Phyllis) just completed production in a starring role in the independent feature "Lost," which will be touring film festivals. No release date is yet set. Peter Bergman (Jack) and Michelle Stafford will hit the "airwaves" when they host an upcoming "Eye on America" for CBS. "Eye on America" is broadcast on American Airlines. No airdate for this episode has been determined as of yet.
Email the Stars
Bubbles Busted? Snail Mail TPTB!
All My Children: Audience Information, ABC TV, 77 W. 66th St, NY, NY 10023
As the World Turns: CBS TV, 51 W. 52nd St, NY, NY 10019
Bold & the Beautiful: CBS TV, 7800 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA 90036
Days of Our Lives: NBC TV, 3000 W. Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA 91523
General Hospital: ABC TV, 4151 Prospect Ave, Hollywood, CA 90027
Guiding Light: CBS TV, 51 W 52nd St, NY, NY 10019
One Life to Live: ABC TV, Audience Information, 77 W. 66th St, NY, NY 10023
Passions: CBS Radford Studios, 4024 Radford Ave, Studio City, CA 91604
Port Charles: ABC TV, 4151 Prospect Ave, Hollywood, CA 90027
Young & the Restless: CBS TV, 7800 Beverly Blvd, LA, CA 90036
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