In 19th century Italy, a young soldier becomes shattered by the obsessive love of Fosca, his Colonel's homely, ailing cousin.

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Colonel Ricci
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Dr. Tambourri
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Major Rizzolli
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Christopher Peccaro
Francis Ruivivar
John Antony
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Marcus Olson
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Giorgio, a young soldier, is in love with the married Clara and becomes her lover. But they are separated when Giorgio is posted far away where he meets the unhappy unhealthy Fosca who develops a passionate love for Giorgio and tries to make him love her. Film of the Broadway production. Written by Kathy Li

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Jere Shea was nominated for the 1994 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for "Passion" and recreated his role in this production. See more »

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Giorgio: Die for me? What kind of love is that?
Fosca: The truest love. Would Clara give her life for yours? Would she, Giorgio? I would. Happily. In the end, you will finally see what is beautiful about me.
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Remake of Passion of Love (1981) See more »

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Soldiers' Gossip
Music by Stephen Sondheim
Lyrics by James Lapine
Performed by Francis Ruivivar, T.J. Meyers, William Parry and Marcus Olson
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A disappointment on all counts
21 May 2008 | by (Boston, Ma) – See all my reviews

This has to be Sondheim's weakest work (with the possible exception of his last work, which I have never heard). As with most of his musicals, it suffers from a poor book (in fact, I think 'Forum' may be the only musical he wrote with a good book). But usually his work is saved by the wonderful music and lyrics. In this case both are dull, unimaginative, and even repetitive. Why on earth does he always take the worst material and try to turn it into a musical? In the past, it was crap like 'Merrily, We Roll Along' and 'Sweeney Todd'. He even managed to take one of the greatest films ever made, Smiles of Summer Night, and turned it into a trite, hackneyed, predictable story. But there we can blame the book writer for not staying true to the original material. Here he takes what was originally a highly mediocre Italian film and tries to turn it into something interesting. Well, he and Lapine once again failed at that. As to the performances, well they are all equally dull and uninteresting. Donna Murphy, in fact, belies the fragility of her character by belting out songs that could knock the walls off the theater. To say this is incongruous would be redundant. Jere Shea is just plain dull, and not very attractive. The rest of the cast is just plain dull. The direction, staging, costumes, lighting, etc. are all unimaginative. Hopefully this entire piece will just disappear from Sondheim's canon.


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