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Press Release: Guiding Light Alum Grant Aleksander Set to Star in “Tainted Dreams”

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Guiding Light Alum Grant Aleksander Set to Star in Tainted Dreams

Aleksander Steps Back in Front of Camera in Role of Executive Producer

NEW YORK CITY, June 13, 2013 – Popular The Guiding Light leading man Grant Aleksander, who played the complicated “Phillip Spaulding” on and off for 25 years, will play another deeply conflicted, complex character, “Adam Clark,” in Tainted Dreams. According to Sonia Blangiardo, creator of New York Brand Productions first dramedy, Tainted Dreams, “In a bit of art imitating life, Grant has been focusing behind the scenes honing his directing skills, and we are thrilled he has agreed to step back in front of the camera to play the executive producer of Tainted Dreams fictionalized soap ‘Painted Dreams.'”

 On taking on the role of “Adam Clark” in Tainted Dreams, Grant Aleksander chuckled, “With more than 30 years in daytime both in front of and behind the camera, I have experienced many executive producers, and now it will be fun to actually play one.”

Tainted Dreams is the brainchild of two-time Emmy-winning producer/director Sonia Blangiardo who is currently serving as Supervising Producer of Prospect Park’s reboot of Agnes Nixon’s iconic soap All My Children. Blangiardo believes, “Sometimes what happens behind the scenes is juicier, funnier and more dramatic than anything on the screen. Tainted Dreams provides a rare look, warts and all, at the realistic interaction of the executives, cast and crew involved in producing a daily scripted drama.”

While Grant Aleksander is best known as The Guiding Light’s “Phillip Spaulding,” he also directed episodes of As the World Turns, and in the mid-1990’s he created the memorable role of “Alec McIntyre” on All My Children. Aleksander played the bartender at “Mickey’s Bar” in the 1986 movie Tough Guys, starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. In 2006, he appeared in two motion pictures, The Big Bad Swim and the American Civil War film Fields of Freedom. Aleksander was also featured on a variety of episodic television series and made-for-TV movies.

Grant Aleksander is also a man of his word. In the early 1980’s Aleksander attended Washington and Lee College in Virginia where he met his wife, Sherry Ramsey, in a school production of Hamlet in which he starred as “Hamlet” to Ramseys Ophelia.” He left Washington and Lee in his sophomore year when his acting career started to take off. Almost 30 years later, Aleksander” told Washington and Lee News, “Education was important in my family and my parents were upset when I left school, although they understood and supported me. I told them I would absolutely finish my degree at some point and I intended to fulfill that promise. They passed away 20 years ago, and it’s become even more important to me since then.” After The Guiding Light left the air, Aleksander returned to his studies at Washington and Lee where he completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre in May 2012.

Aleksander is also a widely respected, well-known animal rights activist, as is his wife, Sherry Ramsey, an attorney and Director of Animal Cruelty Prosecutions for The Humane Society of the United States. They live in New York City and New Jersey with their collection of rescue animals.

Tainted Dreams boasts a unique combination of high profile soap stars, reality stars, sports figures, singers and theater actors. To date, casting announcements for Tainted Dreams include Dina Manzo (Dina’s Party and Real Housewives of New Jersey), Alicia Minshew (All My Children), Kelley Menighan Hensley (As the World Turns), Walt Willey (All My Children), Marnie Schulenburg (As the World Turns), Michael Lowry (All My Children), Austin Peck (Days of our Lives), Colleen Zenk (As the World Turns), Anthony Wilkinson (My Big Gay Italian Wedding and the new My Big Gay Italian Funeral), Lisa Marie Varon (IMPACT WRESTLING) and Mr. PEC-Tacular Jessie Godderz (IMPACT WRESTLING and Big Brother).

Tainted Dreams begins filming in late July.

About NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS: NYC Brand Productions is a New York-based full-service company dedicated to producing high quality, original television, Internet, video and live theatrical shows. For more information on NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS, visit http://nycbrandproductions.com.

Contact: Maree Blackston

Phone: 864-593-8115

Email:

mblackston@nycbrandproductions.com

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Broadway.com Review of “My Big Gay Italian Funeral” Opening

Broadway.com’s review of  My Big Gay Italian Funeral the new Off-Broadway sequel to My Big Gay Italian Wedding, both directed by NYC Brand’s Sonia Blangiardo and written by Tainted Dreams’ star Anthony Anthony J. Wilkinson. Read the review here:  Laugh & Cry With the Cast of Off-Broadway’s My Big Gay Italian Funeral on Opening Night 

My Big Gay Italian Funeral Opens to Much Deserved Standing Ovation

Anne Cahalane of MomsThoughts™ shares that My Big Gay Italian Funeral premiered with a much deserved standing ovation. My Big Gay Italian Funeral is a comedic yet poignant story that digs deeper into the lives of the characters the audience got to know in My Big Gay Italian Wedding.  Both shows are written by Tainted Dreams own Anthony Wilkinson and directed by Tainted Dreams creator and producer Sonia Blangiardo.

Cast of My Big Gay Italian Funeral

My Big Gay Italian Funeral will run Saturdays, June 8 & June 15, 2013 at 8 pm EDT 2013 and Sundays, June 9 & June 16, 2013 at 7 pm EDT. Beginning the weekend of June 22, 2013, My Big Gay Italian Wedding will continue to run on Saturday evenings at 8 pm EDT and My Big Gay Italian Funeral on Sundays at 7 pm EDT.  If you are in the New York City area, make plans to see My Big Gay Italian Funeral at the St. Luke’s Theatre. Tickets are available at a discount at Broadway Offers.

Sonia Blangiardo, Alicia Minshew & “Tainted Dreams” in the GLOBE!

Roger Hitts interviewed NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS own Sonia Blangiardo, along with actress Alicia Minshew, about her new series Tainted Dreams in his article “Daytime Drama Vets Bust Soap Bubbles!”,  an exclusive in the June 3, 2013 issue of the GLOBE magazine.  As a mainstream publication, the GLOBE has been a very integral part of the “soap movement” in an effort to keep soap operas on the air.

Support the GLOBE today by buying the June 3 copy and read about Sonia and Tainted Dreams!

 

 

“Tainted Dreams” Shout-Out in SON Article “Prospect Park Ups the Tempo with ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live'”

Soap Opera Network features a Tainted Dreams mention in their article Prospect Park Ups the Tempo with All My Children and One Life to Live. The article discusses Tainted Dreams and My Big Gay Italian Wedding star Paul Moon’s new recurring role on All My Children. Moon will play a reporter for Brooke English’s famed Tempo magazine. Moon first airs on May 29.

In Tainted Dreams Moon will play “Brian” a lighting director with a huge ego who considers himself an artist and prefers to be referred to as a “lighting designer.”


MomsThoughts Weighs in: “What is ‘Tainted Dreams’ and Why Do I Care?”

 

Fantastic article all about Tainted Dreams from Anne Cahalane’s Moms Thoughts website: What is Tainted Dreams and Why Do I Care?  The article includes a slide-show with cast and story info. Anne Cahalane also hosts the popular The MomsThoughts™ Show on BlogTalk Radio.

 

IMPACT WRESTLING SUPERSTARS TARA AND MR. PEC-TACULAR TAKE ON SCRIPTED DRAMA

IMPACT WRESTLING SUPERSTARS TARA AND MR. PEC-TACULAR TAKE ON SCRIPTED DRAMA

Wrestlers Are Soap Stars in “Tainted Dreams”

 

The First Couple of IMPACT WRESTLING

 

NEW YORK CITY, March 26, 2013 – “IMPACT WRESTLING” superstars Lisa Marie Varon, known as Tara, and five-time CBS “Big Brother” superstar, Jessie Godderz, known as Mr. PEC-Tacular, have signed on to join the cast of NYC Brand Production’s “Tainted Dreams.” This new, scripted “soap within a soap” is set to blow the lid off the behind-the-scenes comedy and drama of producing a daily soap opera. “Tainted Dreams” is a rare, realistic look at the interaction of actors, cast, and crew involved in producing a daily, scripted drama.

Emmy-winning director and “Tainted Dreams” creator, Sonia Blangiardo finds the casting choice of Jessie and Lisa Marie natural and symbiotic. “Wrestling has evolved into an ‘action soap opera,’ combining athletic prowess with the on-going, serialized drama taking place in and out of the wrestling ring,” said Blangiardo. “There is a tremendous crossover audience between traditional soap operas and wrestling which creates a perfect fit for Jessie and Lisa Marie in our cast.”

In the world of pro wrestling, Mr. PEC-Tacular (Jessie) and Tara’s (Lisa Marie) onscreen chemistry has earned them monikers such as “The Hollywood Power Couple” and “The First Couple of IMPACT WRESTLING” where they already rival the popularity of some of the most well-known pairings in wrestling history. Both Godderz and Varon are world-class athletes in their own right. Godderz is the youngest 2-Sport Pro Athlete in History. Lisa Marie was an All-American in Cheerleading and has held numerous fitness and wrestling titles including winner of the Fitness America Series, Miss Galaxy and the TNA Wrestling Knockouts Championship.

“Tainted Dreams” boasts a unique combination of high profile soap stars, reality stars, sports figures, singers and theater actors. To date, casting announcements for “Tainted Dreams” include Dina Manzo (“Dina’s Party and “Real Housewives of New Jersey”) Alicia Minshew (“All My Children”), Kelley Menighan Hensley (“As The World Turns”), Walt Willey (“All My Children”), Marnie Schulenburg (“As The World Turns”), Michael Lowry (“All My Children”) and Anthony Wilkinson (“My Big Gay Italian Wedding”).

Distribution details for “Tainted Dreams” are not yet finalized.

About IMPACT WRESTLING:  IMPACT WRESTLING is the world’s most innovative experience in professional wrestling, airing in over 120 countries worldwide. Join Hulk Hogan, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Sting, Bobby Roode, Brooke Hogan, the lovely and lethal TNA Knockouts and the no-limits X-Division for “IMPACT WRESTLING” every Thursday night LIVE at 8:00pm ET on SPIKE.

For more information on IMPACT WRESTLING, visit www.IMPACTWRESTLING.com. TNA Entertainment, LLC is a privately held company headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.

About NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS:  NYC Brand Productions is a New York-based full-service company dedicated to producing high quality, original television, Internet, video and live theatrical shows. For more information on NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS visit http://nycbrandproductions.com.

Contact:  Maree Blackston
Phone:  864-593-8115
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