Amy Justman Steps in for Ailing Melissa Errico During Remainder of CSC's Passion Off-Broadway
By Adam Hetrick
Actress Amy Justman will officially take over the role of Clara in the Off-Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Passion for the final 11 performances of the musical at Classic Stage Company.
Tony nominee Melissa Errico (Amour, High Society), who originated the role of Clara in the revival, has been out of the production since March 21 with bronchitis, and is currently on vocal rest during her recovery. Justman has performed the role in her absence and has officially assumed the role, CSC announced April 9. Passion will continue its extended run through April 19.
Justman has appeared on Broadway in Company and Irving Berlin's White Christmas.
As first reported by Playbill.com, PS Classics postponed recording sessions for Passion in order to allow for Errico's recovery. Producer Tommy Krasker anticipates recording the two-disc album within the next month, at which time a new release date will be announced.
The leading trio also features Tony nominee Judy Kuhn (Chess, She Loves Me, Les Miserables, Rags) as Fosca and Ryan Silverman (The Phantom of the Opera) as Giorgio.
The Tony Award-winning 1994 musical, which features a libretto by James Lapine, has been intimately staged by Tony Award winner John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company, Road Show). Passion began previews Feb. 8 and officially opened Feb. 28. Critics embraced Doyle's production.
The cast also includes John Antony, Tony nominee Stephen Bogardus (Colonel Ricci), Jeffry Denman (Lieutenant Barri), Jason Michael Evans (Private Augenti), Amy Justman (understudy), Ken Krugman (Lieutenant Torasso), Orville Mendoza (Sergeant Lombardi), Tom Nelis (Doctor Tambourri) and Will Reynolds (Major Rizzoli/Ludovic).
Passion has musical direction by Rob Berman and orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. It has has costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting by Jane Cox and sound by Dan Moses Schreier. Makeup design is by Angelina Avallone. Hair consultants are J. Jared Janas & Rob Greene. Production stage manager is Adam John Hunter. Assistant stage manager is Claudia Lynch.
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