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Guettel, Adam
Guettel, Adam

Adam Guettel (Music, Lyrics) is a composer/lyricist living in New York City. His most recent musical, The Light In The Piazza (cast album on Nonesuch Records), with a book by Craig Lucas, premiered on Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater's Beaumont Theater in April 2005, following a world premiere at the Intiman Theater in Summer 2003, and a second engagement at Chicago's Goodman Theater in early 2004 (where it received three Joseph Jefferson Awards including Best Musical). The Light In The Piazza received 6 Tony Awards including two for Mr. Guettel. Piazza received its UK premiere at the Curve Theater in Leicester in April 2009. Mr. Guettel wrote music and lyrics for Floyd Collins (cast album on Nonesuch Records), which received the 1996 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical and earned Mr. Guettel the Obie Award for Best Music. Floyd Collins has been presented at Playwrights Horizons, New York; Prince Theatre, Philadelphia; Goodman Theatre, Chicago; Old Globe, San Diego; Bridewell, London; and elsewhere. His other works include Love's Fire, a collaboration with John Guare for The Acting Company, and Saturn Returns, a concert at Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival. Saturn Returns was recorded by Nonesuch Records under the title Myths and Hymns. Four of Mr. Guettel's songs were featured on Audra McDonald's Nonesuch Records album, Way Back To Paradise (1998), two more appear on her 2000 album, How Glory Goes (including the title track), and two more are on Build a Bridge (2007) including the title track. Mr. Guettel performed a concert evening of his works at New York's Town Hall in 1999. He can be heard singing four duets with Meryl Streep in the short film The Music of Regret (2008). Film scores include Arguing The World, a feature documentary by Joe Dorman (1999), and the score for JACK, a two-hour documentary for CBS by Peter Davis (1994). Awards for Mr. Guettel include the Stephen Sondheim Award (1990), the ASCAP New Horizons Award (1997), and the American Composers Orchestra Award (2005).

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The LIGHT in Lincolnshire

R&H Theatricals' Charlie Scatamacchia recently attended the first professional U.S. production of THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA in-the-round at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL, and spoke with the creatives and cast about their experience the show.

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The birthday of Adam Guettel, award-winning composer of the musicals THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, MYTHS AND HYMNS, and FLOYD COLLINS. Musicals run in the family: Guettel is the son of Mary Rodgers, and the grandson of Richard Rodgers.
In 2006 THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA closed after running at New York's Lincoln Center Theater for 504 performances.
In 2005, Adam Guettel, grandson of Richard Rodgers and son of Mary Rodgers, won the Tony for his score to THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA as its composer.
In 2005 THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA by Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in Lincoln Center, and ran for 504 performances.
In 1998 Adam Guettel's MYTHS AND HYMNS opened off-Broadway at the Public Theater.
In 1996, the musical FLOYD COLLINS opened off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, where it ran for 25 performances.
The birthday of Mary Rodgers, daughter of Richard Rodgers. She wrote the musicals ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (1959), THE MAD SHOW (1966), a song for WORKING (1978), and contributed to the album FREE TO BE?YOU AND ME (1972). She is also the writer of the children's book "Freaky Friday."" In 1964 she gave birth to Adam Guettel, future composer of THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA."