Passion's Man in the Middle Will Be Ryan Silverman, Torn Between Melissa Errico and Judy Kuhn
By Kenneth Jones
Ryan Silverman, a handsome Raoul of Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera, will play the object of desire named Giorgio in Classic Stage Company's winter 2013 production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion, directed by John Doyle.
Silverman joins three-time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn (Les Miserables, Chess, She Loves Me) as ugly, love-hungry predator Fosca, and Amour Tony nominee Melissa Errico as Giorgio's far-away, luminously beautiful lover Clara. Additional casting will be announced.
Doyle is the Tony Award-winning director of the recent Broadway revivals of Sweeney Todd and Company (as well as the upcoming Pump Boys and Dinettes).
Passion will begin performances Feb. 7, 2013, at CSC's home at 136 E. 13th Street. Opening night is Feb. 28.
The musical set in a remote Italian soldiers' outpost in the 19th century opened on Broadway in spring 1994 and won the Tony Award that year for Best Musical.
Silverman, who also played Raoul in the Las Vegas production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom, appeared in Music in the Air (as Karl) for Encores!; Cry-Baby on Broadway, and as Al in The Most Happy Fella by New York City Opera. In London he played Tony in the Olivier Award-nominated West Side Story. He starred as Sky in the national tour of Mamma Mia!, and as Jose in the world premiere of the new musical Carmen at La Jolla Playhouse. He also performed in the Chicago production of Wicked.
Additional casting and creative team for Passion (which has a book by Lapine and music and lyrics by Sondheim) will be announced shortly.
For more information about Off-Broadway's CSC, now offering Ivanov starring Ethan Hawke, visit classicstage.org.
Classic Stage Company is under the leadership of artistic director Brian Kulick and executive director Greg Reiner.
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