The Light in the Piazza

Musical

Writers: Craig Lucas Adam Guettel

Overview

Show Information

Music
Lyrics
Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
2003
Genres
Drama
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
florence, italy, 1953
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Optional
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult characters

Synopsis

Summer 1953: Margaret Johnson, an elegant and strong-willed Southern woman, has taken her daughter, Clara, on a vacation to Italy. When a gust of wind blows Clara’s hat right into the hands of a young Italian gentleman, neither age nor language nor familial disapproval can stop their whirlwind love affair. As Clara and Fabrizio fall into each others’ arms, Margaret must grapple with the question of whether to disclose Clara’s devastating secret to Fabrizio’s warm, passionate Italian family. With soaring operatic melodies that set it apart from most contemporary musical theatre, The Light in the Piazza is a story about mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and the deeply intertwined emotions of love and loss.

Lead Characters