The Light in the Piazza
The Light in the Piazza
Book by Craig Lucas | Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA takes place in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret Johnson, the wife of an 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.
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News for The Light in the Piazza

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. read more

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Trivia for The Light in the Piazza

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."
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.
The birthday of Craig Lucas; book writer for THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA and author of many plays and screenplays, including THE SECRET LIVES OF DENTISTS and PRELUDE TO A KISS. He also appeared in the Broadway cast of the Richard Rodgers musical REX.
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 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 2006 THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA closed after running at New York's Lincoln Center Theater for 504 performances.

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"The most intensely romantic score of any musical since WEST SIDE STORY!" — The New York Times
"A work of such consummate beauty, truth, energy and accomplishment that you leave the theater filled with joy and revived by hope for the future." — The New York Observer
"The most melodic and emotionally satisfying musical this season!" — Associated Press
"Breathtaking! Original and daring!...Anyone who cares about the rather uncertain future of this truly American genre should/must see the show!" — New York Magazine
"Adam Guettel's astonishing music is the most beautiful score written for the American musical theater in 20 years, and the uncommonly wise and emotional lyrics from Craig Lucas collapse all the usual defenses against Broadway flim-flam. This is a serious and passionate musical and I regard it as a masterpiece. If you have a passion for serious musicals, you'd be a fool to miss this show." — Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune
"What Adam Guettel (music and lyrics) and Craig Lucas (book) have crafted is a quiet, beautiful, elegant, and romantic show." — Jeff Favre, LA Downtown News
"PIAZZA features a remarkably string-saturated and romantic musical score by today's standards - or even those of composer Adam Guettel's grandfather Richard Rodgers." — Dawn Shirley, LA City Beat
"Guettel...won the Tony for Best Music and Lyrics at the 2005 Tony Awards and the award was well deserved. His score for PIAZZA is rich and complex and the lyrics, sung in English and Italian, perfectly capture the voice of each character." — Theatre Scene West

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VICTORIA CLARK
The New York Times Online
"Audio Slide Show: Leaving "The Piazza"
June 29, 2006

The thing I hope that people take from watching this show—whether it's the last shows we have here, or from holding the memory of the performance in your heart from seeing it previously—is to really value the presence of new work, so that we could start to produce our own history and our own body of work in the musical theatre. I would hope that this piece would join part of the canon as operas do, like Carmen and Barber of Seville, and those things that are performed over and over and over again.

"A lot of people who come to the theatre are not able to express... so it's sort of our job to do that for the audience, and to take them on a journey that will spark a memory or spark a conversation with someone that they love. And I always think that theatre is very close to medicine—it's a healing art."

"...[T]hey were so moved by the courage of this woman, of Margaret Johnson, and what she is able to give her daughter, through letting go. And, this whole love story about the two children falling in love is very moving; but, I think without the courage of Margaret; without her journey; and without her ability to release her daughter, I think that does make the story much more powerful."


Awards for The Light in the Piazza

Joseph Jefferson Awards (Chicago)

January 01, 2004 — 3 Awards including: Best Production of a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical (Clark), and Best Lighting (Akerlind)

Outer Critics Circle Awards

January 01, 2005 — 2 Awards including: Best Actress in a Musical (Victoria Clark) and Best Lighting
January 01, 2005 — 2 Awards including: Best Actress in a Musical (Victoria Clark) and Best Lighting

Drama Desk Awards

January 01, 2005 — 5 Awards including: Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations, Best Actress in a Musical (Victoria Clark), Best Sets of a Musical, Best Lighting of a Musical

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Writers Notes for The Light in the Piazza


Written By: Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas

Certain places are hard to describe directly, certain places in the heart. Elizabeth Spencer's novella, The Light in the Piazza, first published in 1959 in The New Yorker magazine, creates enormous potential for music, as much by what is said as by what is not. In her introduction to the novella, she writes, "The first time I saw Italy was in August of 1949. Italians were glad to be alive in a life that was possible to live, and their gladness filled the air and reached out to all comers. All the dancing and romancing, the easy friendships and dates, meetings and partings, may seem frivolous to talk about -- though there's not much wrong with frivolity, God knows -- but it was more then that one felt in France and Italy in those days. It had come out of the inferno just endured; it was a resurrection." For the two of us, finding Elizabeth's work has been a joyous privilege, as has finding one another as collaborators. Our deepest thanks to Elizabeth Spencer for making both things possible.

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STANDARD

  • Orchestration (13 Books)
    • 1 – FULL SCORE (ACT 1)
    • 1 – FULL SCORE (ACT 2)
    • 1 – REED 1 (Clarinet, Oboe, English Horn)
    • 1 – REED 2 (Bassoon, Contrabassoon)
    • 1 – VIOLIN A (Divisi)
    • 1 – VIOLIN B (Divisi)
    • 1 – VIOLIN C (Divisi)
    • 1 – CELLO (Divisi)
    • 1 – GUITAR (Steel String Acoustic, Nylon String Acoustic, Mandolin, Suspended Cymbal)
    • 1 – HARP
    • 1 – PIANO (Doubling Celesta)
    • 1 – BASS
    • 1 – PERCUSSION (see list below)
  • Orchestration (5 pc + Full Score)
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    • 1 – The Light In The Piazza-Violin-5pc
    • 1 – The Light In The Piazza-Bass-5pc
    • 1 – The Light In The Piazza-Cello-5pc
    • 1 – The Light In The Piazza-Harp-5pc
    • 1 – The Light In The Piazza-Full Score-5pc
  • Rehearsal Set (22 Books)
    • 20 – Libretto Vocal Book
    • 1 – Logo CD
    • 2 – Piano Vocal Score
    • 0 – Digital Logo

ADDITIONAL

  • Libretto-Vocal Book 10-Pack
    • 10 – Libretto Vocal Book
  • The Light In The Piazza - PRE-PRODUCTION PACKAGE
    • 1 – Libretto Vocal Book
    • 1 – Piano Vocal Score

Cast Requirements for The Light in the Piazza

PRINCIPALS
2 Women
2 Men

FEATURED
2 Women
2 Men

ENSEMBLE
A small singing ensemble.

CHARACTERS
Margaret Johnson - An elegant, self-possessed, practical and attractive American woman in middle age
Clara Johnson - Margaret's twenty-six-year-old daughter, young and naïve for her age
Fabrizio Naccarelli - A twenty-year-old, good-looking and charming Florentine
Giuseppe Naccarelli - Fabrizio's slightly older brother
Franca Naccarelli - Guiseppe's wife
Signor Naccarelli - Fabrizio's father
Signora Naccarelli - Fabrizio's mother
Roy Johnson - Margaret's husband
Tour Guide
Priest
Ensemble

Set Requirements for The Light in the Piazza

THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA takes place in Italy in the summer of 1953.

SPECIFIC LOCATIONS
The Piazza Signoria, Florence
The Uffizi
The Naccarelli Shop
The Duomo
Piazzale Michelangelo
The Naccarelli Living room
Margaret and Clara's Hotel Room
On the Street
Rome, Ruins
The Church

Materials Notes

REED I NOTE: Contains alternate line – Clarinet is written to cover all double reed parts.
Timpani, Marimba, Vibes (motor off always), Chimes, Orchestra Bells, Crotales, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Low Tom Tom, Suspended Cymbal, Splash Cymbal, Choke Cymbal, Finger Cymbals, Triangle, Mark Tree, Cowbell, Slapstick, Big Gong, Small Gong

Featured News

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