One Act, Book Musical, Thru Sung / Operetta, Rated R
Original Broadway version
This emotional chamber opera tells of the passionate affair between a handsome soldier and an old spinster in 19th century war-torn Italy.
Discover the power of love inStephen Sondheim andJames Lapineís 1994 Tony Award-winning musical, PASSION. No less than the wondrously complex landscape of the human heart is the
subject of this haunting, intensely emotional one-act chamber opera that many consider to be Sondheimís deepest and most powerful evening of musical theatre.
remote military outpost in 1863 Italy, a handsome army captain,
separated from his beautiful - but married - mistress, is forced to
re-evaluate his beliefs about love when he becomes the object of the
obsessive, unrelenting passions of Fosca, his Colonel's plain, sickly
Bold, unexpected and thrilling, PASSION is one of Stephen Sondheim's
most emotional works. Intimate, raw, erotic and dark, it explores
universal yet often unspoken truths. The sweeping, romantic score (Sondheim describes it as one long rhapsody) accompanies an intelligent, thought-provoking book which bears James Lapine's trademark lyricism and a host of well-drawn characters. As with all of Sondheim and Lapine's works, PASSION requires (and highlights) a cast of accomplished singing actors.
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The part of Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, was originally written for Phil Silvers. Both he and Milton Berle turned down the role, leaving Zero Mostel, to create one of the most legendary characters in musical comedy.