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Encyclopedia > The Light in the Piazza
Broadway Show
The Light in the Piazza
Theatre Vivian Beaumont Theatre
Opening Night 18 April 2005
Author(s) Music & lyrics by Adam Guettel; Book by Craig Lucas
Director Bartlett Sher
Leading Original Broadway Cast Members Victoria Clark, Kelli O'Hara, Matthew Morrison, Michael Berresse, Patti Cohenour
Closing Night July 2, 2006

The Light in the Piazza is a musical drama by Adam Guettel (music and lyrics) and Craig Lucas (book). It was developed at the Intiman Playhouse in Seattle and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago with a slightly different cast, and opened on Broadway on April 18, 2005, after a month of previews. The Broadway production is produced by Lincoln Center Theater in their Vivian Beaumont Theater. Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... The Vivian Beaumont Theater is a Broadway theatre at the Lincoln Center. ... April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Adam Guettel, son of Mary Rodgers and grandson of Richard Rodgers, is a Jewish-American musical theater composer. ... Craig Lucas is a Tony winning American playwright, screenwriter, theatre director and film director. ... Bartlett Sher most recently directed the world premiere of Singing Forest by Craig Lucas at Intiman; The Light in the Piazza by Lucas and Adam Guettel at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, for which he has received a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination; and Mourning Becomes Electra for Seattle Opera and New... Soprano Victoria Clark won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical in 2005 for her performance in Adam Guettels The Light in the Piazza. ... Kelli OHara (born April 16, 197?) is an American actress and singer. ... Matthew Morrison, an accomplished musical theater actor was born on October 30, 1978 in California. ... Michael Berresse (Born August 15, 1964) is an American actor. ... Patti Cohenour recently portrayed Signora Naccarelli in the Intiman and Goodman Theatre productions of The Light in the Piazza. ... July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 182 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Adam Guettel, son of Mary Rodgers and grandson of Richard Rodgers, is a Jewish-American musical theater composer. ... Craig Lucas is a Tony winning American playwright, screenwriter, theatre director and film director. ... The Intiman Playhouse was founded in 1972 by Margaret Booker, whose study of theater in Sweden lead her to name it after the Swedish word for intimate. With a focus on a resident acting ensemble, fidelity to the playwrights intentions and a close relationship between actor and audience, the... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... The Goodman Theatre in Chicagos Loop held its first performance in 1925. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Vivian Beaumont Theater is a Broadway theatre at the Lincoln Center. ...


The show is based on Elizabeth Spencer's 1960 novella of the same name. It is a love story of a young American woman, Clara Johnson (Kelli O'Hara), who, while on holiday, falls for a young Italian man. When Clara's mother Margaret (Victoria Clark) learns of the affair, she opposes it for unknown reasons. The musical is set in Florence and Rome in the summer of 1953. A novella is a short novel; a narrative work of prose fiction somewhat longer than a short story but shorter than a novel. ... Kelli OHara (born April 16, 197?) is an American actress and singer. ... Soprano Victoria Clark won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical in 2005 for her performance in Adam Guettels The Light in the Piazza. ... Founded 59 BC as Florentia Region Tuscany Mayor Leonardo Domenici (Democratici di Sinistra) Area  - City Proper  102 km² Population  - City (2004)  - Metropolitan  - Density (city proper) 356,000 almost 500,000 3,453/km² Time zone CET, UTC+1 Latitude Longitude 43°47 N 11°15 E www. ... For other uses, see Rome (disambiguation). ... For other senses of this word, see summer (disambiguation). ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ...


The music of the show, while owing much to the traditional Broadway sound, often veers into the territory of Neoromantic classical music and opera, with unexpected harmonic shifts and extended melodic structures, and lushly scored for piano, harp, guitar, and strings, alongside a handful of wind and percussionists. The lyrics are unique in that many of them are in Italian and broken English, as many of the characters are only fluent in Italian.


Though it opened to mixed reviews, The Light in the Piazza has since become a favorite of New York's awards organizations. Along with the Tonys showing, it led the Outer Critics Circle Awards nominations with 11 nods, while the Drama Desk organization also nominated it in 11 categories. Begun during the 1949-1950 theater season, the Outer Critics Circle Awards are presented annually for theatrical achievements both on and Off-Broadway. ...


Originally scheduled to close on June 12, 2005, the show's run has been extended four times; at present its last performance is planned for July 2, 2006. June 12 is the 163rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (164th in leap years), with 202 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 182 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A 50-week U.S. national tour will commence in August 2006. The all-Equity cast is yet to be announced. August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... The Court of Chancery, London, early 19th century This article is about concept of equity in Anglo-American jurisprudence. ...

Contents


TV Appearances

On April 11, 2006 it was officially announced that the show will be broadcast live from New York as part of the Live from Lincoln Center series on PBS. The air date will be on June 15 at 8:00 PM, New York time. April 11 is the 101st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (102nd in leap years). ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... PBS re-directs here; for alternate uses see PBS (disambiguation) PBS logo The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States. ... June 15 is the 166th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (167th in leap years), with 199 days remaining. ...


Songs

  • Overture
  • Statues and Stories
  • The Beauty Is
  • Il Mondo Era Vuoto
  • American Dancing
  • Passeggiata
  • The Joy You Feel
  • Dividing Day
  • Hysteria
  • Say It Somehow
  • Aiutami
  • The Light in the Piazza
  • Octet
  • The Beauty Is (Reprise)
  • Let's Walk
  • Clara's Interlude
  • Love to Me
  • Fable

Original Broadway Cast

Soprano Victoria Clark won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical in 2005 for her performance in Adam Guettels The Light in the Piazza. ... Kelli OHara (born April 16, 197?) is an American actress and singer. ... Matthew Morrison, an accomplished musical theater actor was born on October 30, 1978 in California. ... Michael Berresse (Born August 15, 1964) is an American actor. ... Patti Cohenour recently portrayed Signora Naccarelli in the Intiman and Goodman Theatre productions of The Light in the Piazza. ...

Awards

Tony Awards won (2005)

The Tony Award for Best Original Score is the Tony Award given to the composers and lyricists of the best original score written for a musical in that year. ... Adam Guettel, son of Mary Rodgers and grandson of Richard Rodgers, is a Jewish-American musical theater composer. ... The Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical is awarded to the actress who was voted as the best actress in a musical, whether a new production or a revival. ... Soprano Victoria Clark won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical in 2005 for her performance in Adam Guettels The Light in the Piazza. ... The Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical has been given since 1970. ... The Tony Award for Best Orchestrations has been given since 1997. ... Adam Guettel, son of Mary Rodgers and grandson of Richard Rodgers, is a Jewish-American musical theater composer. ...

Tony Award nominations (2005)


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