Paperback, 131 pages ISBN: 9781559360883Publication Date:
1 Mar 1995
Size: 216mm x 138mm£18.99
First Staged:
New York 1994; West End 1996


By Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

Paperback £18.99

  • Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical - 1994
  • Tony Award for Best Musical - 1994
  • Tony Award for Best Original Score - 1994

A one-act musical from the award-winning writing partnership behind Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods...

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical is based on Ettore Scola's 1981 film Passione d'Amore, and its source material, Iginio Ugo Tarchetti's 1869 novel Fosca, and tells of the consequences of a sickly woman's love for a handsome young army captain.

Giorgio is a lusty officer in the Italian army, transferred to a remote outpost under the watchful eye of Colonel Ricci. Ricci's ward, Fosca, is a sickly and unattractive girl, who falls heavily in love with Giorgio at first sight. This is a love so compelling that she gradually wins the young officer over – but at what cost?

Passion opened on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre in May 1994, in a production directed by James Lapine. It won three Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.

The show opened in the West End, with significant musical and script revisions, at the Queen's Theatre in 1996, in a production directed by Jeremy Sams. It was revived in London at the Donmar Warehouse in September 2010, as part of Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday celebrations, winning Best Musical at the 2010 Evening Standard Awards.

Press Quotes

'Beautifully communicates the unstoppable force of passion'


'A masterpiece'

Daily Telegraph

'Hypnotic, rigorous, very risky – a major work'

New York Times

'There's plenty of passion in Sondheim's steamy tale of desire and rejection'

Daily Mail
Paperback, 131 pages ISBN: 9781559360883Publication Date:
1 Mar 1995
Size: 216mm x 138mm£18.99

Also by Stephen Sondheim:

Pacific Overtures
Getting Away With Murder
Sweeney Todd
Company: The Complete Revised Book and Lyrics
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Into the Woods
Sunday in the Park with George
Road Show
A Little Night Music

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Also by James Lapine:

Sunday in the Park with George
Into the Woods

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