Ron Raines Likens Newsies' Pulitzer to Guiding Light's Alan Spaulding
Since Guiding Light’s end, former soap star Ron Raines has continued to impress audiences with roles on the stage. He's currently playing ruthless mogul Joseph Pulitzer in the Broadway production of Newsies.
Theater Mania caught up with Raines and asked him whether he sees similarities between his GL role as Alan Spaulding and Pulitzer.
Did you see the similarities between Alan Spaulding and Joseph Pulitzer?
Yes, and I think I've brought a bit of the mean Alan to the role. To me, they're the same guys -- moguls who can manipulate and are controlling. Like Alan, Pulitzer is not stupid and he doesn't suffer fools gladly.
And like Alan, Pulitzer also has a difficult relationship with his children – in this case, his daughter Katherine, right?
True, but their relationship isn't really developed. You can only develop so many relationships in two hours and 10 minutes. Still, Kara Lindsay and I tried to find some of our own little colors. When I'm telling Jack Kelly "I trust you met my daughter Katherine," I know that you're probably asking yourself "Why is she using that nom de plume? Why doesn't my daughter work for me?" We kind of make that a moment. In some ways, I think my 15 years on Guiding Light was preparing me for playing Joseph Pulitzer.
Read the entire interview at Theater Mania.