Screen to Stage: Movie into Musical Success Stories

By Benjamin Solomon
16 Aug 2013

Judy Kuhn in Passion.
photo by Joan Marcus

Passion (1994)

Stephen Sondheim decided to adapt the now mostly forgotten Italian film "Passione d'Amore" after seeing it in cinemas in 1983. He teamed up with lyricist James Lapine and developed the musical version of the movie, which concerned a soldier's fascination with a physically unattractive woman named Fosca. Passion became a critical sensation and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Though not Sondheim's best-known work, it is still considered one of the high points of his career and certainly better remembered than its film predecessor.