A reviews round-up for The Hope Mill Theatres production of the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical Passion.
Michael Strassen’s (Pacific Overtures; Company; Assassins) production of Passion has opened at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.
Exploring the consequences of intense passion and obsessive adoration, Passion is a ravishing and thought-provoking look at the lengths people go to for desire.
Olivier Award winner Ruthie Henshall (Les Miserables; Chicago; Billy Elliot) takes the lead role of Fosca, alongside Dean John-Wilson (Steven Spielberg’s Masters of Air on Apple TV; Aladdin) as Giorgio, the man who finds himself at the heart of a passionate love affair, and Olivier nominated Kelly Price (What’s New Pussycat?, A Little Night Music) as Clara.
Rounding out the cast are Adam Robert Lewis (The Phantom of the Opera), Charlie Waddell (South Pacific), Danny Whitehead (Wicked), Dalton Harris (The X Factor), Ray Shell (Starlight Express, The Lion King), Steve Watts (As You Like It), and Tim Walton (Matilda The Musical).
The creative team includes Sundeep Sani (Movement Director), Yshani Perinpanayagam (Musical Director), Paul Schofield (Musical Supervisor), Elin Steele (Set & Costume Designer), Charlie Morgan Jones (Lighting Designer), Dan Samson (Sound Designer), Rob Kelly CDG/CSA (Casting Director), Paul Callen (Associate Director) and Ed Zanders (Orchestrator).
Passion has music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by James Lapine.
Passion runs until 5 June at the Hope Mill Theatre
Reviews for Passion will be updated as they come in.
"Thrilling singing in a rousing Sondheim reboot"
"Ruthie Henshall and Kelly Price shine in a sophisticated and intimate staging of Stephen Sondheim’s 1994 musical"
"the singing is excellent and the off-stage band bright and strident, creating a suitably impassioned show."
"a Sondheim revival for completists only"
"There’s nothing wrong with Michael Strassen’s gossamer production: Ruthie Henshall does herself justice in an unsympathetic role and the scaled-down arrangements for just five musicians are a fine match for such an intimate venue."
"The problem lies with the work itself. "
"As a psychological study, it’s wildly implausible, while the music is Sondheim at his most arid. "
"A thoughtful, intelligent revival in short, but this remains an oddity that only Sondheim completists will want to argue over."