Musical to get Off Broadway revival

Stephen Sondheim tuner “Passion” is set for its first full Gotham revival next season in an Off Broadway production helmed by John Doyle at Classic Stage Company.

Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1994 musical, which scored the top tuner Tony when it bowed, hasn’t been seen in New York in a full production since its initial, nine-month run on Broadway. A concert version was seen in a three-day stint at Lincoln Center in 2005.

“Passion” will be the first musical to be produced by CSC, the 45-year-old troupe that specializes in staging classic drama.

Doyle, meanwhile, is well known in Gotham for his recent Broadway revivals of “Sweeney Todd” and “Company.” Although those two productions were conceived for a group of performers who were both actors and orchestra, his version of “Passion” isn’t expected to follow that trend.

With music and lyrics by Sondheim and book by frequent collaborator Lapine (who also directed the original production), “Passion” centers on a sickly woman in 1860s Italy and the soldier who falls deeply in love with her.

Original production also nabbed Tonys for score, book and for lead actress Donna Murphy.

The CSC staging is set for February 2013, with exact dates and further details, including casting, still to come. This season, troupe recently finished up a successful run of “The Cherry Orchard” starring Dianne Wiest, with stagings of “Galileo” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on the way this spring.

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