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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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James Lapine

Writers:

James Lapine (book), Ettore Scola (based on the film "Passione d'amore" by)
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Complete credited cast:
Donna Murphy ... Fosca
Jere Shea ... Giorgio
Marin Mazzie ... Clara
Gregg Edelman ... Colonel Ricci
Tom Aldredge ... Dr. Tambourri
Linda Balgord Linda Balgord ... Fosca's Mother
T.J. Meyers ... Major Rizzolli
William Parry William Parry
Christopher Peccaro Christopher Peccaro
Francis Ruivivar Francis Ruivivar
John Antony John Antony
Vitamin C ... (as Colleen Fitzpatrick)
Marcus Olson Marcus Olson
Andy Umberger
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Storyline

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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Drama | Musical | Romance

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The original Broadway production of "Passion" opened at the Plymouth Theater in New York on May 9, 1984, ran for 280 performances and won the 1994 Tony Awards for the Best Musical, Book and Score. Donna Murphy, Jere Shea, Marin Mazzie, Gregg Edelman, Tom Aldredge, Linda Balgord, William Parry, Francis Ruivivar and Marcus Olson recreated their roles in the filmed production. Donna Murphy won a 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, Jere Shea was nominated for a 1994 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Marin Mazzie was nominated for a 1994 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and Tom Aldredge was nominated for a 1994 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. See more »

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Giorgio: Love isn't so convenient, it isn't something scheduled in advance. Not something guaranteed you need for fear it may pass you by. You have to take a chance. You can't just try it out. What's love unless it's unconditional?
[He crumples Clara's letter]
Giorgio: Love doesn't give a damn about tomorrow, and neither do I.
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Garden Sequence
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Jere Shea, Marin Mazzie and Donna Murphy
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Sondheim's Worst
18 September 2006 | by Lady_SchwartzSee all my reviews

I'm going to go against the grain here. Now, I really love the work of Stephen Sondheim. Since my first experience with Sweeney Todd, his art has continued to surprise me. However, this play was possible his worst and I can see why it failed to find popular audience.

In my opinion, this play sent out a terrible message to the audience. From personal experience, I realize how dangerous obsessive love can be. There is nothing romantic or passionate about obsession and the behavior Fosca presents. The entire romance is just plain frightening and creepy. Fosca would have been more sympathetic if she had suffered from unrequited love alone rather than obsession.

Marin Mazzie (Clara) gives the strongest performance in this, and is the only thing I enjoyed about the play. Some of the music is nice, but definitely not Sondheim's best. The sets and costumes are rather boring as well. If you're looking from some good old Sondheim than I would suggest watching Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, West Side Story, and Sunday in the Park with George. The music, appeal, and overall production is so much greater in those plays.


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29 September 1996 (USA) See more »

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