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Musical Soaps: The top 5 daytime musical interludes

Musicals are breaking out all over!

The film version of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods is close to earning $100 million at the box-office (I told you casting soap-opera stars was a smart move), while ABC’s all-singing/all-dancing knight errant, Galavant, was the third-highest-rated comedy series debut of the season.

Of course, as always, soap operas are ahead of the curve, offering musical episodes before it was all the rage.

So get out your tap shoes and hold on to your microphones: We’re counting down soap operas’ top 5 best musical interludes of all time!

5) The Young and the Restless

Some people only know Lauren Fenmore Baldwin as the doting mother and supportive wife to a sick husband that she is today. But they’d probably be shocked to learn that back in the neon-colored ages known as the 1980s, Lauren was Genoa City’s #1 Mean Girl (or, as they were still known back then, Teen Bitch). Lauren knew that shy, overweight Traci Abbott was in love with rock star Danny Romalotti. But Lauren wanted Danny for herself, so tough cookies, you know?

Both girls sang with Danny’s band and competed for his affections. Lauren made Traci feel so insecure and bad about herself that Traci started taking diet pills, which put her in the hospital. When Traci was performing in her own concert, Lauren bought up all the tickets so that no one would show up. Eventually, Traci retaliated by dumping an ice cream sundae over Lauren’s head. Yeah, I know, doesn’t seem quite equal to me either.

However, while all of the above was going on, Danny, Traci, and Lauren would take turns singing in concert, where the crowds of extras would go wild, and a good, big-haired time was had by all.

4) The Bold and the Beautiful

One of the last times that Y&R‘s Danny sang on the show was when actor Michael Damian was touring in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the early 1990s, and the production was being cross-promoted with the soap.

However, when Bobbie Eakes and Jeff Trachta were on B&B as Macy and Thorne, they and their characters were so popular—especially overseas—that they were able to sell out two nights of concert performances in Amsterdam. The footage was then incorporated into the show as Macy and Thorne singing. Eakes and Trachta even released an album together that went double platinum in Europe. Coincidentally, so did Thorne and Macy. Everyone talks about life imitating fiction. But this was a case of fiction imitating life, musical-style!

3) General Hospital

The Nurse’s Ball has been an annual GH tradition from 1994 to 2001. It was revived again in 2013, where doctors, nurses, friends, family, and local mobsters all took a break from the drama in their lives to sing, dance, tell jokes, and lose their clothes (mostly Lucy Coe) in the name of raising money for AIDS charities.

Secrets are often spilled, couples broken up, and tears shed. But perhaps the most shocking revelation year after year is that people who spend most of their time lying, scheming, suffering, and throwing bar ware (mostly Sonny Corinthos) have also somehow managed to secretly take singing and dancing lessons that allow them to appear professional! Street kid Stone can perform a scene from Romeo & Juliet! Doctors Tony, Alan, and Kevin are “Off to See the Wizard”! Curmudgeon Edward knows his showtunes! Police Chief Anna can tango! Oh, and look, there’s Rick Springfield. Uh, I mean Dr. Noah Drake.

(Don’t think GH is the only show guilty of this multiskilled phenomenon. On Guiding Light, small-town lawyer Mike Bauer turned out to have an amazing set of pipes for every Christmas service. On As the World Turns, cop Jack Snyder could warble a love song with the best of them. And on Another World, even sleazy politician Grant Harrison proved capable of carrying a powerful tune for a local telethon. Who knew?)

2) Passions

Leave it to Passions, the show with the witch, talking doll, orangutan nurse, and a severed penis sewn on backward (not the orangutan’s), to also take a soap-opera musical number to the extreme. During its scant eight years on the air (compare that to Days of Our Lives’ upcoming 50th anniversary, GH’s 51 years and counting, or GL’s 72 years, including radio broadcasts), Passions still managed to cram in a “Cell Block Tango” number based on Chicago, a Bollywood homage, and even two Emmys for Outstanding Original Song.

1) One Life to Live

If one musical episode is good, then four must be even better, right? In 2007, while America’s tweens were itching to enroll in High School Musical, One Life to Live staged a high school musical of its own, as the turbulent lives of teens Starr, Cole, Langston, Marko, and Britney came scored with original songs like “Together,” “You’re the Freak,” and “The Cheerleader Is Always the Bitch.”

In 2010, the show’s grown-ups were finally allowed to get into the act, though they had to make do with performing established classics like The Go-Go’s “Our Lips Are Sealed” and The Black Eyed Peas’ “I’ve Got a Feeling.”

Got a favorite soap-opera musical episode of your own? Sing about it below!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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