Passion


Passion


Book by  James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by  Stephen Sondheim
Based on the film Passione d'Amore directed by Ettore Scola

One Act, Book Musical, Thru Sung / Operetta, Rated R
Original Broadway version

No less than the wondrously complex landscape of the human heart is the subject of this haunting, intensely emotional one-act chamber opera by the uncompromising creators of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE and INTO THE WOODS.

A 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 cousin.

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 title song of Starting Here, Starting Now was recorded by Barbra Streisand, and featured in her television special, “Color Me Barbra.”

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