“This is the start of a big week!!! There was a lot of partying, and we wanted you to feel like you were there, too!!” Lauralee Bell, a star of the soap opera The Young and the Restless, wrote before the show’s big anniversary. The cast of “The Young and the Restless” is starting the party early!
Lauralee Bell, who plays Christine “Cricket” Blair on the CBS soap opera, shared a video montage on Thursday of her co-stars showing off their best dance moves before the 50th anniversary of the show on March 26.
Bell, Eric Braeden, Tracey E. Bregman, Bryton James, Courtney Hope, Christel Khalil, Eileen Davidson, Jason Thompson, Christian Le Blanc, Michelle Stafford, Melissa Claire Egan, Kate Linder, Mishael Morgan, Melissa Ordway Gaston, Michael Damian, Sharon Case, Elizabeth Henderickson, Amelia Heinle, and Beth Maitland are all in the video, which is set to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop.
Each member of the Y&R cast holds up a sign that says “I Would” or “Of Course,” and then they do their best dance moves. Even 81-year-old Braeden, who plays Victor Newman on the soap, joins in the fun and moves to the music. “Will you dance for the fans, Young & Restless cast?”
Lauralee Bell, who is 54 years old, made the dance montage, filmed it around the set of the show, and edited it herself. “After all these years of your loyalty and support, the least we could do to say thank you is show you our best moves,” said the actress, who has been on the show since she was a teenager and is the daughter of The Young and the Restless creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell.
Bell said, “You got us to #YR50, and #thereisnothingwithoutyou.” “This is the start of a big week!!! There was a lot of partying, and we wanted you to feel like you were there, too!!” In January, PEOPLE gave its readers an exclusive look at the glitzy group photo the cast took to celebrate the 50th anniversary.
The shot showed the current cast of Y&R, including veteran stars Braeden, Le Blanc, Davidson, Maitland, Melody Thomas Scott, Jess Walton, and Peter Bergman, dressed to the nines in front of a golden background.
Bell, Bregman, Khalil, Linder, Egan, Hope, and James were also in the shot, along with Kelsey Wang, Conner Floyd, Cait Fairbanks, Brytni Sarpy, Trevor St. John, Greg Rikaart, Elizabeth Hendrikson, Rory Gibson, Zuleyka Silver, Allison Lanier, Melissa Ordway, Michelle Stafford, Jason Thompson, Joshua Morrow, Amelia Heinle, Sharon Case, Sean Dominic, Camryn Grim
The Young and the Restless is about the people who live in the made-up city of Genoa City. Since its first episode in March 1973, more than 350 people have played roles on the show. Scott, Braeden, Davidson, Maitland, Walton, Bergman, and Le Blanc are the cast members who have been on the show the longest.
Scott has been on the show for 43 years, and Braeden has been there for 42. Davidson, Linder, and Maitland have all been on the show for at least 40 years. Walton, Bergman, and Le Blanc have all been on for at least 30 years. This year, Bell and Bregman will also mark their 40th wedding anniversary on the show.
The television program has been the most popular daytime drama for 35 years in a row. It is also the longest-running scripted show on CBS. In an effort to bring soap operas back to their roots as radio shows, the channel even started a podcast to go with it.
Over the years, Y&R has also been praised by critics and won 11 Daytime Emmy Awards for Exceptional Drama Series. It has also helped Eva Longoria, David Hasselhoff, Shemar Moore, and Paul Walker get their careers off the ground. In September, the show’s anniversary season was marked by a crossover with The Bold and the Beautiful, which is a sister soap opera.
Fans can anticipate more surprise visits and a fun trip down memory lane before the show’s anniversary on March 26. Even more interesting is that by March 27, after the 50th-anniversary episode, Y&R will have shown more than 12,500 episodes, which adds up to more than 9,000 hours of TV. The Young and the Restless is on CBS at 12:30 p.m. ET on weekdays, and you can watch it later on Paramount+.