Easton, Cunningham, Dvorsky and Benanti Join Lincoln Center Passion Concerts

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Playbill.com has learned that Richard Easton, Gina Ferrel, John Cunningham, George Dvorsky and Laura Benanti will all have roles in the upcoming American Songbook presentation of Stephen Sondheim's Passion.

Easton will play Doctor Tamourri with Ferrel as Fosca's Mother, Cunningham as Fosca's Father, Dvorsky as Ludovic and Benanti as the Mistress. As previously reported, the company will be led by Tony Award winners Patti LuPone (Fosca), Audra McDonald (Clara) and Michael Cerveris (Giorgio). (Only the casting of LuPone, McDonald and Cerveris has been officially announced.)

LuPone, McDonald and Cerveris — who all starred in the Sondheim-James Lapine musical at Chicago's Ravinia Festival — will re-create their performances for Lincoln Center audiences March 30-April 1. The threesome, directed by Lonny Price, will be backed by the 35-piece American Theater Orchestra under the direction of Paul Gemignani.

The creative team for the limited engagement of Passion comprises James Noone (set design), Gail Brassard (costume design), Alan Adelman (lighting design) and Tom Clark (sound design).

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.

The Frederick P. Rose Hall is located within the Time Warner Center at Broadway at 60th Street. Visit www.lincolncenter.org for more information. *

"Live from Lincoln Center," the Emmy-winning television series that offers live broadcasts of various arts events, will telecast the March 31 performance of Passion. Beverly Sills will host the 8 PM broadcast.

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