The Story
Passion
Music & Lyrics
STEPHEN SONDHEIM

Book
JAMES LAPINE
Passion is a musical adapted from Ettore Scola's film Passione d'Amore (which was, in its turn, based on Iginio Ugo Tarchetti's novel Fosca). Central subjects include obsession, beauty, power, manipulation, passion, illness, and love. It is mostly through-composed, weaving dialogue and song effortlessly. It is also a partially epistolary play, being told in part through letters. Set in Italy in 1863, the plot revolves around Fosca, an ugly woman, and her love for Giorgio, a comely soldier who in turn is in love with an attractive, married woman named Clara.

PHOTOS
Original Broadway Production
2013 Off-Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Performance highlights from the 2013 Off-Broadway production with Judy Kuhn, Ryan Silverman, and Melissa Errico.

MUSIC
I Wish I Could Forget You
Judy Kuhn & Ryan Silverman
2013 New York Cast Recording

THE STORY

SYNOPSIS

Set in Italy in 1863, Giorgio Bachetti, a young soldier is bidding farewell to his mistress, Clara. He is to join his new regiment in the outposts of northern Italy but unfortunately, she will not be able to accompany him on his posting, not least because she is already married! However, they agree to keep in touch by a regular exchange of letters. Giorgio is a man going places. He has the confidence of his new commanding officer, Colonel Ricci and he is well-liked by his fellow officers.

Doctor Tambourri, the regimental doctor is caring for a special patient, Fosca, the cousin of the garrison commander. Fosca is a recluse, clad in black and seeking seclusion in her reading which is her only passion. In this remote outpost there is, however, a shortage of books and Giorgio lends her some of his books, amongst them being books of poetry. Giorgio is somewhat a dreamer but Fosca craves intellectual stimulus, and though frail and with an illness that manifests itself in hysterical convulsions, she clings to Giorgio.

In letters, Clara warns Giorgio to keep Fosca at arm's length but Fosca is already very dependent upon Giorgio. At dinner one evening she surreptitiously gives him a letter. Giorgio, realising the deep involvement Fosca has with him asks for leave which is reluctantly granted. Just a he is about to depart on leave, Fosca asks him to write to her. When Fosca finds out that Clara is already married, she becomes even more of a recluse shunning any contact with anyone except the doctor. The doctor believes that Fosca's condition will only improve if, and when, Giorgio visits with her again. When he does, Fosca dictates a letter that turns out to be a love letter from her to him.

Colonel Ricci tells Giorgio about Fosca's marriage to a worthless count. It was as a result of his profligate ways that made her ill and left her penniless. Giorgio goes walking and Fosca follows him. There is a rainstorm and this affects Fosca so much that she faints and has to be carried back to camp by Giorgio. He too falls ill and is granted sick leave to recuperate in Milan. Fosca follows him to the train which will take him away from her. He begs her to give him up and return to the camp where she can receive medical attention.

Giorgio's mistress meanwhile has made a choice, she will stay with her husband and bring up her family - the affair with Giorgio is over.

Back at the camp, a transfer notice organised by the doctor, arrives for Giorgio. This devastates Fosca who once again repairs to her room in much distress. The colonel discovers the love-letter, written by Giorgio although dictated by Fosca, and challenges Giorgio to a duel. That night Giorgio visits Fosca's room and acknowledges his love for her which they consummate. Next morning Giorgio is injured in the duel with the colonel. Months later a letter from the doctor informs Giorgio of Fosca's death just three days after the duel - which she new nothing about. A small box of Fosca's possessions is delivered to Giorgio in hospital. At last, he is alone.

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer CLASSIC STAGE COMPANY
Direction JOHN DOYLE
Orchestrations JONATHAN TUNICK
Music Director ROB BERMAN
Costume Design ANN HOULD-WARD
Lighting Design JANE COX
Sound Design DAN MOSES SCHREIER
Cast
Fosca JUDY KUHN
Giorgio RYAN SILVERMAN
Clara MELISSA ERRICO
Colonel Ricci STEPHEN BOGARDUS
Doctor Tambourri TOM NELIS
Creative
Direction JAMIE LLOYD
Musical Staging SCOTT AMBLER
Scenic Design CHRISTOPHER ORAM
Lighting Design NEIL AUSTIN
Sound Design NICK LIDSTER & TERRY JARDINE
Cast
Fosca ELENA ROGER
Giorgio DAVID THAXTON
Clara SCARLETT STRALLEN
Colonel Ricci DAVID BIRRELL
Doctor Tambourri ALLAN CORDUNER
Creative
Producer BILL KENWRIGHT, THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH
Direction JEREMY SAM
Musical Staging JONATHAN BUTTERELL
Scenic Design PAUL FARSWORTH
Lighting Design MARK HENDERSON
Sound Design JOHN A. LEONARD
Cast
Fosca MARIA FRIEDMAN
Giorgio MICHAEL BALL
Clara HELEN HOBSON
Colonel Ricci DAVID FIRTH
Doctor Tambourri HUGH ROSS
Creative
Producer THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION, CAPITAL CITIES/ABC INC, ROGER BERLIND, SCOTT RUDIN
Direction JAMES LAPINE
Orchestrations JONATHAN TUNICK
Scenic Design ADRIENNE LOBEL
Costume Design JANE GREENWOOD
Lighting Design BEVERLY EMMONS
Sound Design OTTS MUNDERLOH
Cast
Fosca DONNA MURPHY
Giorgio JERE SHEA
Clara MARIN MAZZIE
Colonel Ricci GREGG EDELMANN
Doctor Tambourri TOM ALDREDGE
MUSICAL NUMBERS
THE SONGS

HappinessClara and Giorgio
First LetterClara, Giorgio, Doctor Tambourri and Colonel Ricci
Second LetterClara and Giorgio
Third LetterClara, Giorgio and Soldiers
Fourth LetterClara and Giorgio
I ReadFosca
TransitionGiorgio and Men
Garden SequenceGiorgio and Fosca
TransitionSoldiers
TrioFosca, Giorgio and Clara
TransitionAttendants
Soldiers' GossipSoldiers
I Wish I Could Forget YouFosca and Giorgio
Soldiers' GossipSoldiers
FlashbackFosca, Colonel Ricci, Fosca's Mother, Fosca's Father, Ludovic and Mistress
Sunrise LetterClara and Giorgio
Is This What You Call Love?Giorgio
Soldiers' GossipSoldiers
TransitionMajor Rizzolli
Forty DaysClara
Loving YouFosca
TransitionWoman and Man
Soldiers' GossipSoldiers
Letter from ClaraClara
Christmas Carol (in Italian)Lieutenant Torasso
Farewell LetterClara and Giorgio
No One Has Ever Loved MeGiorgio and Fosca
FinaleCompany

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SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Original Broadway Production
2013 Off-Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

Performance highlights from the 2013 Off-Broadway production with Judy Kuhn, Ryan Silverman, and Melissa Errico.
Marin Mazzie, Jere Shea and Donna Murphy in a medley of "Happiness", "Drums and Music" and "Finale" at the Tony Awards.
Donna Murphy, Jere Shea and Marin Mazzie performing 'Trio' on the DVD release based on the original 1994 Broadway production.

Loving You Donna Murphy & Jere Shea Original Broadway Cast Recording
I Wish I Could Forget You Judy Kuhn & Ryan Silverman 2013 New York Cast Recording
Laurelei Laurelei

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