Famously known as the shortest-running Best Musical winner, Passion tells the story of a young soldier (Giorgio, played by Jere Shea), who is in love with the married Clara (Marin Mazzie) and becomes her lover.
The two are separated when Giorgio is sent to a distant army location, where he meets the unhappy, unhealthy Fosca (Donna Murphy) who develops a passionate love for him.
The musical was filmed for PBS' American Playhouse shortly after closing on Broadway in 1995.
In his Variety review, Jeremy Gerard said: 'Passion is a great, great show. Not just because Stephen Sondheim has finally approved the notion of love as more than a conjugating verb, though that is certainly the show’s chief revelation. It’s great because, with 15 musicals behind him, our theater’s most provocative composer and lyricist is still reinventing the form while honoring it,...''