The re-imagined version of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony-winning Passion is playing at Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre. Directed by Michael Strassen with movement direction by Sundeep Saini, the production runs May 5–June 5, and officially opened May 10.
The cast is comprised of Olivier winner Ruthie Henshall (Chicago, She Loves Me, Putting It Together) as Fosca, Dean John-Wilson (Aladdin) as Giorgio, Kelly Price (Aspects of Love) as Clara, with Adam Robert Lewis (The Phantom of the Opera), Charlie Waddell (South Pacific), Danny Whitehead (Wicked), Dalton Harris (The X Factor), Ray Shell (Starlight Express), Steve Watts (As YouLike It), and Tim Walton (Matilda The Musical).
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The upcoming production features orchestrations by Stuart Barr, musical supervision by Paul Schofield, musical direction by Yshani Perinpanayagam, and sound design by Dan Samson. Casting is by Rob Kelly. Producers are Thomas Hopkins, Guy Chapman, Schofield, and Henshall.
Based on Ettore Scola's Italian film Passion d'Amore, the work first opened on Broadway May 9, 1994. The tale of obsessive love includes such Sondheim tunes as "Happiness," "I Read," "I Wish I Could Forget You," "Loving You," and "No One Has Ever Loved Me."
The original Broadway production received the 1994 Tony Award for Best Musical; Murphy also earned her first Tony for Best Actress in a Musical, and Sondheim and Lapine were awarded prizes for, respectively, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.
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