Expansive Passion Off-Broadway Cast Album Will Be Released in July
By Adam Hetrick
Playbill.com has learned that a two-disc cast album of the Off-Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion, starring Judy Kuhn, Ryan Silverman and Melissa Errico, will be released July 2 from PS Classics.
The cast will gather May 13 to record the most expansive treatment of the Tony Award-winning 1994 musical to date. PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker told Playbill.com that the planned recording will include 40-41 tracks on two discs.
As first reported by Playbill.com, PS Classics delayed the previously scheduled recording sessions while Passion cast member Errico (High Society, Amour) recovered from bronchitis. Her understudy, Amy Justman, stepped into the role of Clara and will continue in the role through the final performance of Passion on April 19 at Classic Stage Company. (Errico will be heard on the recording.)
PS Classics will begin shipping the cast album June 18. The album is currently available for pre-order at PSClassics.com. The original Broadway cast recording is currently out of print in CD package format, though it's available digitally.
PS Classics co-founder Krasker has produced many Sondheim albums over the years, including Grammy-nominated cast recordings of Assassins, Sweeney Todd, Company, A Little Night Music, Sondheim on Sondheim and Follies. Passion was initially scheduled for an early June release.
The leading trio also features Tony nominee Kuhn (Chess, She Loves Me, Les Miserables, Rags) as Fosca and 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, which extended its run through April 19.
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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