JA Control Panle

Soap opera community photos scoops news buzz and celebrities

  • increase font size
  • Default font size
  • decrease font size
Facebook Twitter YouTube RSS
Home News Newsflash Passions Brings Broadway to Harmony!

Passions Brings Broadway to Harmony!

E-mail Print PDF
User Rating: / 0
Give my regards to Broadway.

Kathleen Noone (Mrs. Wallace)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.

Kelly McCarty (Beth, PAS)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."

Sheraton Kalouria (NBC Sr. VP, Daytime Programming) Photo: LMSSenior 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!

Comments (0)add comment

Write comment
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.



Linda Marshall-Smith (QueenRuler, Soapdom.com)
New to

Start here!

Past Blast

AMC’s Michael E. Knight Reviewed in Rounding First
Not exactly the Tad we know and love, Knight takes on hard-edged role.

Check It Out

Melody Thomas  Scott,, Eric Braeden, The Young and the Restless Snail Mail TPTB
Got a beef? Wanna praise? Looking for an acting gig? Reach out to the powers that be.
Celebrity Buzz and Gossip at Soapdom.com Celebrity Buzz & Gossip
Get your daily dose.
Soap Opera Baby Names
Name your baby after your favorite soap character. Get the scoop!
The Soapdom News
Join our newsletter list. Enter your details below.
Email *
First Name *
Last Name *
* Required Field
Powered by Benchmark Email

Soapdom on TwitterSoap Tweets
Follow Your Faves





Top Members

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events currently scheduled.


Members : 81140
Content : 18415
Web Links : 33
Content View Hits : 27967639