By Adam Hetrick
30 May 2013
The original Off-Broadway cast, with the addition of Tony Award nominee Luker, gathered May 18 to record the cast album of Classic Stage Company's acclaimed production that concluded its extended run in April.
As first reported by Playbill.com, Luker, a three-time Tony Award nominee for Mary Poppins, The Music Man and Show Boat, recorded the role of Clara on disc. Tony Award nominee Melissa Errico (High Society), who originated the role of Clara in the recent CSC revival, came down with bronchitis during the Off-Broadway run. Understudy Amy Justman assumed the role of Clara in her absence. Errico remained on vocal rest and was unable to participate in the recording.
Luker previously appeared in The Kennedy Center's 2002 revival of Passion, which also featured Tony Award nominee Kuhn (Chess, Les Misérables) as Fosca. Kuhn, who re-explored the role in the acclaimed Classic Stage Company revival of Passion this spring, is reunited with Luker on disc. The leading trio also features Silverman (The Phantom of the Opera) as Giorgio.
Here's a listen to "The Garden Sequence":
The two-disc album of Passion will be released July 2.The album will be the most expansive treatment of the Tony Award-winning 1994 musical to date. PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker told Playbill.com that the recording includes over 40 tracks on two discs.
PS Classics will begin shipping 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.
The track listing follows:
2. "Ah, Captain Bachetti..."
3. First Letter
4. "That's Signora Fosca playing..."
5. Second Letter
6. "Don't be alarmed..."
7. Third Letter
8. "Late for breakfast, Captain Bachetti..."
9. Fourth Letter
10. I Read
11. "Some flowers for your room..."
12. Transition ("How can I describe her?")
13. Garden Sequence
14. Transition ("All the time I watched from my room...")
15. Fifth Letter
16. "I hope we can still take hands..."
17. Three Weeks
18. "Signora Fosca has taken a turn for the worse..."
19. "I never thought you would come..."
20. I Wish I Could Forget You
1. Soldiers' Gossip I
3. Sunrise Letter
4. "Are you running away from me?"
5. Is This What You Call Love?
6. Soldiers' Gossip II
8. "She was dragging me down..."
9. Transition ("To feel a woman's touch...")
10. Forty Days
11. "How dare you follow me?!"
12. Loving You
13. Soldiers' Gossip III
15. "I'm only staying four days..."
16. Christmas Music
17. "Thank you for coming, Captain..."
18. Farewell Letter
19. "I discovered this letter at my cousin's bedside..."
20. No One Has Ever Loved Me
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.
The Tony Award-winning 1994 musical, which features a libretto by James Lapine, was 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.
The cast also included 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 had musical direction by Rob Berman and orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. It had costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting by Jane Cox and sound by Dan Moses Schreier. Makeup design was by Angelina Avallone. Hair consultants were J. Jared Janas & Rob Greene.
PS Classics discs and many other theatre recordings are also available at PlaybillStore.com.
View highlghts from Passion on Playbill Video: