Passion Concert to Feature Murphy, Mazzie and Cerveris

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Donna Murphy, Marin Mazzie and Michael Cerveris will star in a concert version of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion to benefit Friends in Deed.

Murphy and Mazzie will re-create the roles of, respectively, Fosca and Clara, which they created in the original Broadway production. Cerveris will co-star as Giorgio, repeating the role he played at both the Kennedy Center and Chicago's Ravinia Festival.

The tenth anniversary concert on Oct. 20 will be held at the Ambassador Theatre, 219 West 49th Street and will feature other original Broadway cast members. Show time is 7 PM.

Friends in Deed is a non-profit organization that provides "emotional support for anyone diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening physical illnesses… for the caregivers, family and friends of those who are ill… and for those dealing with grief & bereavement."

Donna Murphy received Tony Awards for her performances in Stephen Sondheim's Passion and the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I. Her other Broadway credits include Wonderful Town, They're Playing Our Song, The Human Comedy and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

A three-time Tony Award nominee for her performances in Kiss Me, Kate; Ragtime; and Passion, Marin Mazzie's other theatrical credits include Into the Woods, Big River, The World Goes 'Round, the City Center Encores! production of Out of this World and Off- Broadway's The Trojan Women: A love Story, where she met husband Jason Danieley. Michael Cerveris, who won a Tony Award for his portrayal of John Wilkes Booth in the recent revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Weidman's Assassins, was also Tony-nominated for his performance in the title role of The Who's Tommy, a part he also played for two years in Germany. Cerveris originated the role of architect Thomas Andrews in the Tony-winning musical Titanic and also appeared onstage in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Total Eclipse, Abingdon Square, Life Is a Dream and the Kennedy Center mounting of Passion.

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.

Tickets for the one-night-only concert are priced $150 and $500 and may be purchased beginning Oct. 1 by calling (212) 239-6200. VIP tickets are priced $750 and include a cast party; call (800) 996-5433 for VIP tickets only.

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