Malcolm Gets, John McMartin and Alex Gemignani Join Passion Benefit Concert; Cast Nearly Complete

News   Malcolm Gets, John McMartin and Alex Gemignani Join Passion Benefit Concert; Cast Nearly Complete
 
All but one role remains to be cast for the upcoming Passion concert to benefit Friends in Deed.

As previously announced, Donna Murphy and Marin Mazzie will re-create the roles of, respectively, Fosca and Clara, which they created in the original Broadway production. And, Michael Cerveris will co-star as Giorgio, repeating the role he played at both the Kennedy Center and Chicago's Ravinia Festival.

The threesome will be joined by Malcolm Gets as Colonel Ricci, John McMartin as Doctor Tambourri, Timothy Gulan as Sergeant Lombardi, William Parry as Lieutenant Barri, John Jellison as Major Rizzoli, Alex Gemignani as Private Augenti, Colleen Fitzpatrick as Fosca's Mother, John Leslie Wolfe as Fosca's Father, Matthew Poretta as Ludovic and Juliet Lambert as the Mistress. The role of Lieutenant Torasso remains to be cast.

The 10th anniversary concert of the Tony-winning Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical will be held Oct. 20 at the Ambassador Theatre, 219 West 49th Street. Show time is 7 PM.

Malcolm Gets was most recently on Broadway in the short-lived Michel Legrand musical Amour. His other New York theatre credits include Finian's Rainbow, The Molière Comedies, Boys and Girls, A New Brain, Hello Again, Merrily We Roll Along, Two Gentlemen of Verona and the City Center Encores! production of The Boys From Syracuse. He spent four years as Richard on TV's "Caroline in the City," and his other screen credits include "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing" and "Love in the Time of Money." Gets can be heard on Barbara Cook's "Mostly Sondheim" CD.

John McMartin is a five-time Tony Award nominee for his performances in Into the Woods, Sweet Charity, Don Juan, Show Boat and High Society. His other Broadway credits include Artist Descending a Staircase, A Little Family Business, Solomon's Child, Happy New Year, The Rules of the Game, Love for Love, Chemin de Fer, The Visit, The Great God Brown, Follies, A Rainy Day in Newark, Children from Their Games, The Conquering Hero and Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole. Alexander Gemignani made his Broadway debut as John Hinckley in the recent production of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins at Studio 54. Off Broadway he was seen as Brian in Avenue Q and as Officer Duffy in Sorry, Wrong Number. He is the recipient of the Best Performer Award for his work in the 2003 NY Fringe Festival production The Trapped Family Singers. Gemignani also appeared in the Huntington Theatre's production of Marty.

Friends in Deed is a non-profit organization that provides "emotional support for anyone diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening physical illnesses… for the caregivers, family and friends of those who are ill… and for those dealing with grief & bereavement." Visit www.friendsindeed.org for more information.

Based on Ettore Scola's Italian film "Passion d'Amore," Passion opened on Broadway on May 9, 1994, with a cast that featured Jere Shea (Giorgio), Marin Mazzie (Clara) and Donna Murphy (Fosca). 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; Donna Murphy also garnered 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.

Tickets for the one-night-only concert are priced $150 and $500 and may be purchased by calling (212) 239-6200. VIP tickets are priced $750 and include a cast party; call (800) 996-5433 for VIP tickets only.

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