THE LEADING MEN: Ryan Silverman, a Romantic Lead Ready for Passion

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18 Feb 2013

Judy Kuhn
By "us," he means Judy Kuhn's Fosca and Melissa Errico's Clara. "It's interesting being in a show with ten guys and two women" — and he has dibs on both of them.

"I've never worked with Judy before, but Melissa and I have done concerts before. We know each other, and we get along very well, so it's great to do a show with her."

Read the February 2013 Playbill magazine feature about Errico and Kuhn embracing the challenges of their roles in Passion.

Passion is putting Silverman's stamina to a test. "There's no intermission, and I'm the one character who's on stage the entire time. The whole area of where he starts and where he ends will be a nightly challenge. And it'll be a change from matinee to evening. It's about being able to pace myself and find the moments that move forward and the moments that settle. I'm just excited about the challenge that it takes to get me to the end of the show every night — to be the wreck I am at the end."



Musically he goes to hell — that's the good news: "It's funny, you can listen to the music and then go back, and the next time you listen to it you hear something else, and you go back to it again and you hear the beauty of some of the melodies. It takes you several times to hear what I think you want to hear. Certainly, it does for me.

"There are actually just moments that are not necessarily just me singing but moments where I sing with Melissa — the melodies are so beautiful, and what we're saying — the lyrics we're singing — are so beautiful. Those little moments, I think, are really exciting —where we're together and we're both telling a story — or Fosca and I are telling a story, and there's this melody that's weaving in and out of another that is so magical that, as a singer, it's a delight to sing, but also, as an actor, it gives you a certain sense of stillness. Those are the things that, so far, I'm really enjoying."

Silverman is a Sondheim fan of long-standing. "When I was in college, we just always did Sondheim. It was just what we did. The first thing we did was Follies — which, clearly, we weren't the right age for, but we did it anyway — then Anyone Can Whistle, which is a little gem of a show I don't think it's appreciated nearly enough. The last big show I did before leaving Canada was Sweeney Todd. My introduction to musical theatre was Sondheim, but this is the first time I've done him in New York.

"I came to New York a few years ago, and I've been doing shows, but, for some reason, in the last year, things just seemed to have clicked. Whether it's Confidence meets Preparation meets Talent, I dunno. Whatever it is, it's suddenly becoming exciting. With that comes more challenges. I feel at this point I'm ready for it."

There is a lot of life after Passion. He has a busy concert schedule into 2014 and a new album in the works, for which he has written three songs. Hi ho, Silverman!

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