Maurice Has A Date With The East!

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We know that GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard (Sonny) love his fans. But did you know that, for the second summer in a row, the actor has loaded up his family into an RV and is driving from their California home, across the country, to the East Coast just so the Emmy winner can meet and greet his fans in the Tri-State area? Yep, the actor has a handful of public appearances scheduled for next weekend in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, and he can't wait to see you there!

"I have the greatest time at these events," the actor told Soaps In Depth when we caught up with him in the midst of his road trip. "I'm more relaxed now than when I was younger, and I love the connection that I get with the people at these appearances. The fans open up, and so do I. I'm pretty honest at these things. I laugh, I cry sometimes... because you get into it. The fans are great."

Not only does Benard promise his fans a great time at the shows, but some lucky folks may even find themselves in a future issue of In Depth standing next to the dimpled star! "We're going to have one person from each show get their picture taken to be in the magazine," he explains. "Soaps In Depth is like family! I've never done that. I think it's going to be fun, something different."

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Before he kicks off his own personal appearances, Benard will be a special guest this Saturday night, August 4, when former co-star Vanessa Marcil-Giovinazzo (ex-Brenda) celebrates the New York launch of her children's clothing line, Baby Gagoo. "I was coming to do the opening of Vanessa's line, and then I decided to do these appearances," says Benard, adding that in return, "Vanessa will be at one of my events."

Tickets are still available for Benard's shows. (See schedule below). "I never know how many people are coming to these things. But it doesn't even matter," he confesses. "Sometimes the smaller groups are more intimate."

And those who do attend will be in for a real treat! "I'm going to do what I usually do: have a great time. I'm bringing a singer out that I met in Venice Beach, who I love, and then he sings with [my son] Joshua. I told my wife I was going to dance, and she told me I better not!"

Thursday, August 9
Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee, MA. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $99, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster, either from their Web site, www.ticketmaster.com, or at (800) 745-3000.

Friday, August 10
Treehouse At Marissa's in Trumball, CT. Showtime is 9 p.m.
Tickets are $99 plus $15 food minimum for non-dinner guests.
For information, call (203) 268-5857.

Saturday, August 11
Uncle Vinnie's in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. Showtime is 10 a.m.
Tickets are $99 plus tax, and include a Q&A, meet & greet and photo opportunities.
For information, visit www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com.

Sunday, August 12
Brokerage Entertainment Club, Bellmore, NY. With special guest Vanessa Marcil-Giovinazzo (ex-Brenda). Showtime is 2 p.m.
Tickets are $99, and include a Q&A, meet & greet and photo opportunities.
For information, call (516) 781-5233.

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