NBC's "Passions" Pays Homage to "Chicago" June 27 with Deborah Yates

News   NBC's "Passions" Pays Homage to "Chicago" June 27 with Deborah Yates
A host of Broadway performers — including Contact Tony nominee Deborah Yates — will take part in a musical revue sequence on the NBC daytime soap "Passions."

On June 27, "Passions" will pay homage to this year's Academy Award-winning film "Chicago" with a Broadway-style revue. The sequence — featuring "Passion" stars Kathleen Noone, Kelli McCarty, Jordan Baker and McKenzie Westmore — boasts a new song composed by Emmy Award winner John Henry Krietler entitled "I Am Sorry," which is similar to Kander and Ebb's "Cell Block Tango." Choreographed by Peggy Hickey, the song-and-dance routines were performed on a specially created two-story set designed by George Becket. The sequence will also feature the talents of several Broadway dancers, including the aforementioned Yates as well as Leslie Stevens, Yvette Tucker, Fosse Tony nominee Jane Lanier, Christina Saffran Ashford and Terri Yates.

About the upcoming musical production, "Passions" executive producer Lisa De Cazotte said in a statement, "When [head writer] 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. 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."

"Passions" — set in the deceptively picturesque New England town of Harmony — airs weekdays on NBC at 2 PM ET. Check local listings.

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