Passions: A Musical Extravaganza
Airs Friday, June 27, 2003
STUDIO CITY, CA...June 16, 2003...The typical soap opera tapes an episode a day about 250 days a year. In a sequence airing on June 27, PASSIONS proves once again that it's anything but a typical soap opera. In an elaborate musical homage to the Academy Award® winning motion picture "Chicago," viewers of NBC's Emmy® winning PASSIONS will be treated to a true Broadway-style revue that reflects weeks of planning and outstanding creative contributions from some of the industry's best designers, choreographers, dancers, directors and composers. In order to make this song-and-dance routine a reality, the routines of soap opera production were completely reinvented.
The sequence, which involves three cast members, six Broadway dancers and an orangutan, opens with the character of Mrs. Wallace (Emmy® winning actress Kathleen Noone) becoming convinced that she, her companion Precious (BamBam the orangutan), her psychotic daughter Beth (Kelli McCarty) and her friend Charlie (Jordan Baker), are headed for the slammer for kidnapping heiress Sheridan Crane (McKenzie Westmore).
"When Jim Reilly first proposed the idea of a musical production number, I knew we weren't going to be able to do it halfway - we were going to have to really pull out all the stops," said Executive Producer Lisa de Cazotte. "Jim wanted our own version of the famous cellblock tango from Chicago but with the kind of PASSIONS twist only Jim can deliver. I couldn't have been happier with how it came out and I think the audience will enjoy seeing a whole different side of our talented cast. Everyone involved was so committed to making it a truly memorable moment for our audience - and I hope they will enjoy the journey as much as we enjoyed bringing Jim's vision to life."
Senior Vice President, NBC Daytime Programs, Sheraton Kalouria says, "No other daytime drama is as consistently inventive and unabashedly entertaining as PASSIONS. Headwriter Jim Reilly and Executive Producer Lisa de Cazotte have done it again. PASSIONS: A Musical Extravaganza is Must-See Daytime TV."
PASSIONS' Emmy Award winning composer, John Henry Krietler, composed and wrote the lyrics to "I Ain't Sorry." The song is performed, Broadway style, by Kathleen Noone, Kelli McCarty, Jordan Baker and Broadway dancers, Deborah Yates, a Tony® nominee (Contact; Dream, Will Rogers Follies, and a "Rockette"); Leslie Stevens (Victor/Victoria, La Cage Aux Folles, Guys & Dolls, BIG); Yvette Tucker (Peter Pan, Carousel, Brigadoon, West Side Story); Jane Lanier, a Tony® nominee (Fosse, Jerome Robbins' Broadway); Christina Saffran Ashford (Drood, Singin in the Rain, The Music Man, A Chorus Line, Woman of the Year) and Terri Yates ( Tracey Ullman's "Tracey Takes On," MTV Awards).
Choreographed by award-winning choreographer, Peggy Hickey (LA Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera and Julliard, where she choreographed Hansel Und Gretel, televised live from Lincoln Center for PBS) the song and dance routines were performed on an amazing original, two-story, 22' high set designed by PASSIONS' Art Director, George Becket. The cast performed on both levels of the set, in over 20 original costumes, including two for BamBam the orangutan, designed by PASSIONS Costume Designer, Diana Eden. To support the "Cell Block Tango" looks; hairstyles were designed by Department Head Linle White and makeup by Department Head Toby Lamm. PASSIONS' Supervising Producer Richard Schilling produced the sequence and Phideaux Xavier directed.
PASSIONS: The Musical Extravaganza had music and dance rehearsals for ten days prior to taping. The last day of rehearsal was a full technical rehearsal including costumes, music, props and audio.
Since the series debut on July 5, 1999, the Emmy® Award winning PASSIONS' quirky characters and classic love stories have generated interest and critical acclaim from the daytime community (PASSIONS has been nominated for 16 Emmy Awards, winning one; numerous Soap Opera Digest awards and has won two IMAGEN Awards) as well as the press, TV Guide (Best Soap 1999 and 2000), Entertainment Weekly ("...comedy, drama, camp classic, soap send up, 'Passions' works."), USA Today ("..has a gift for head-turning plots.") and Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly both named it (a "Hot, Guilty Pleasure").
Based on the rich history and mystery of the harbor community of Harmony, PASSIONS explores the lives, loves and losses of four core families: the Cranes, the Lopez-Fitzgeralds, the Bennetts and the Russells, each of whom have their own distinct and diverse challenges and desires.
PASSIONS, which began it's fifth season on June 1, 2003, is the creation of celebrated daytime drama scribe James E. Reilly, who is considered by many industry insiders to be one of the most innovative and prolific writers of his time (TV Guide named him one of Television's Most Valuable Players, February 2001). PASSIONS is produced by NBC Studios in association with Outpost Farms Productions, Inc. and is taped in Studio City, CA. Lisa de Cazotte is the executive producer. PASSIONS premiered on NBC on July 5, 1999. To refresh your memory of those early episodes, log on to Soapdom's Passions episode guide for Passions and do a search for July 5, 1999!
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