Setting the stage for a first-of-its-kind American broadcast
While the 2,000-year-old story of Christ’s final hours on earth is widely known, the Passion play had never been staged quite like this in America.
Following a show format that originated in the Netherlands--where annual broadcasts of THE PASSION became a pop culture phenomenon--dick clark productions planned to bring a similar version of the program to U.S. television audiences.
Producers chose New Orleans as the ideal location for this first-of-its-kind production. Hosted and narrated by Tyler Perry, THE PASSION was set in modern times and featured a cast of pop artists, including Trisha Yearwood and Seal, who played Biblical characters and retold the story in part by performing contemporary hit songs.
THE PASSION was broadcast live from a towering stage on the banks of the Mississippi River. Throughout the show, producers cut away from the story to live coverage of volunteers carrying a huge, illuminated cross through the streets of New Orleans, eventually arriving at the stage. Other portions of the show were pre-recorded at locations around the city.
It was an ambitious production, and dick clark productions asked Solomon Group to provide several key services. We fabricated the massive live stage at Woldenberg Park and provided its audio production services. Our Production Management Department secured all of the necessary permits covering the sprawling live show locations. And our fabrication team custom-built the show’s 20-foot, illuminated cross, which was carried for a mile-and-a-half during the broadcast. To learn more about how the cross was made and its importance to the show, watch this.)
On Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016, the spectacular, two-hour live musical event was broadcast during primetime on FOX. dick clark productions has plans to set the show in different American cities for future, live broadcasts of THE PASSION.
What We did
- Staging & Scenic
- Custom Fabrication
- Production Coordination (Permitting)