More "Happiness"! Passion Gets Four Extra Performances at Classic Stage
By Kenneth Jones
Classic Stage Company's acclaimed, jewelbox-size revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion will get four additional performances Off-Broadway.
Directed and designed by John Doyle, the staging will now end April 19 at CSC's home at 136 E. 13th Street.
During the final extension week, CSC will host post-show talkbacks following the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances with cast and additional guests, and will give away exclusive prizes on the company's Facebook page.
CSC also announced that 20 $10 tickets will be made available for each of the final four performances — Tuesday, April 16 at 7 PM; Wednesday, April 17 at 7 PM; Thursday, April 18 at 8 PM; and Friday, April 19 at 8 PM. These special $10 tickets will go on sale to the public Tuesday, April 2 at noon, available in person at the CSC Box Office only.
Passion stars Melissa Errico (Clara), Judy Kuhn (Fosca) and Ryan Silverman (Giorgio). The production also features Stephen Bogardus (Colonel Ricci), Jeffry Denman (Lieutenant Barri), Jason Michael Evans (Private Augenti), Ken Krugman (Lieutenant Torasso), Orville Mendoza (Sergeant Lombardi), Tom Nelis (Doctor Tambourri), Will Reynolds (Major Rizzoli/Ludovic), John Antony (understudy) and Amy Justman (understudy).
Passion has music direction by Rob Berman, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting by Jane Cox and sound by Dan Moses Schreier.
The staging is the inaugural production of CSC's Musical Theatre Initiative with generous support from The Ted and Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund and The Angelson Family Foundation.
For tickets and information, visit classicstage.org.
Watch a Playbill Vault video in which original Passion star Marin Mazzie ("Clara") reflects on the musical.
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