The Light in the Piazza
Composer: Adam Guettel
Librettist: Craig Lucas
Other Artistic Personnel: Marcela Lorca (choreographer)
Original Cast: Victoria Clark (Margaret Johnson)
Celia Keenan-Bolger (Clara)
Wayne Wilcox (Fabrizio Naccarelli)
Mark Harelik (Fabrizio's father)
Patti Cohenour (Fabrizio's mother)
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Premiere Date: January 20, 2004
Producing Company: Goodman Theatre
Description: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA takes place in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret Johnson, the wife of a well-heeled American businessman, is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara, a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman, loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine, who returns it to Clara. This brief episode, charged with coincidence and fate, sparks an immediate and intense romance between Clara and Fabrizio.

Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart. As THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA unfolds, a secret is revealed: in addition to the cultural differences between the young lovers, Clara is not quite all that she appears. Unable to suppress the truth about her daughter, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara's future, but her own hopes as well.
Length: 02:15
Total Acts: 2
Musical Style: "The score by Adam Guettel is romantic and passionate. He has written music and lyrics that reveal the feelings of all of the characters in THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA in soaring melodies."
Contact: Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization
Phone: 800-400-8160
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Schedule of Performances Listings
The Light in the Piazza (Guettel)
Saturday, July 2, 2011 - LOOK Music Theatre
The Light in the Piazza (Guettel)
Saturday, February 5, 2011 - Mobile Opera
The Light in the Piazza (Guettel)
Friday, October 10, 2008 - Piedmont Opera
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