Theatreworks Presents THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, Closes 9/19
A sweeping saga of love beneath the Tuscan sun, TheatreWorks, the nationally acclaimed theatre of Silicon Valley presents the epic Tony Award-winning musical THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, with book by Pulitzer Prize-nominee Craig Lucas and music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, based on the 1960 novella by ElizaBeth Spencer. Set to the soaring melodies of what the Chicago Tribune called "the most beautiful score written for the American musical theater in 20 years," this breath-taking musical is the poignant tale of two extraordinary young people and the overwhelming power of love. Featuring Broadway veterans Rebecca Eichenberger and Martin Vidnovic and regional favorites Whitney Bashor and Constantine Germancos, with TheatreWorks Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley at the helm, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA plays August 25-September 19, 2010 (press opening August 28) at TheatreWorks at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets and information the public may call (650) 463-1960 or visit www.theatreworks.org.
The year is 1953 and Margaret, a protective American mother is traveling with her radiant but fragile daughter Clara in Florence. As mother and daughter explore the Piazza della Signoria, a serendipitous breeze blows Clara's hat into the hands of handsome young Florentine, Fabrizio Naccarelli, and the two fall instantly in love. As their passions grow stronger, Margaret must wrestle with her impulse to protect Clara and her desire to see Clara loved and adored in a way that Margaret can only dream of. THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA was developed as a musical at the Intiman Playhouse in Seattle in June 2003 and then at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in early 2004. Named one of the most important musicals of the decade by the New York Times, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA debuted on Broadway in 2005 where it played 504 performances and won six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations, Best Actress for Victoria Clark as Margaret, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Lighting Design. New York Magazine declared "anyone who cares about the rather uncertain future of this truly American genre should - must - see the show." Variety called the show "Exquisite," while the New York Times called it "intensely romantic... simply lovely."
Craig Lucas (book) is a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-nominated American playwright. He made a name for himself when he and celebrated director Norman René collaborated on a new work called Marry Me a Little in 1981, a show that incorporated songs written for but discarded from Stephen Sondheim musicals. Lucas and René went on to work together on several new plays including Missing Persons, Blue Window, the musical Three Postcards, and Reckless, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination. In 1990 they joined forces to create their greatest success, Prelude to a Kiss, for which he received his first Tony nomination as well as a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Lucas has additionally penned two dramas about AIDS, The Singing Forest and The Dying Gaul, which earned him a second nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2003 he collaborated with Adam Guettel to create THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, earning him an additional Tony nomination. Lucas is currently the associate artistic director at Intiman Theater in Seattle.
Adam Guettel (music and lyrics) is a Tony Award-winning composer, a Yale graduate, and the grandson of internationally famed composer Richard Rodgers. His early works include 1996's Floyd Collins, Love's Fire, and Saturn Returns. After six years working on the project, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA made its Broadway debut in 2005 and won him Tony Awards for Best Orchestrations and Best Original Score. He spent much of 2005 to 2007 working a musical adaptation of The Princess Bride, but the project was abandoned when contract negotiations soured. In the summer 2007, Guettel composed background music for a production of Uncle Vanya at the Intiman Playhouse in Seattle. In July 2009, the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia commissioned Guettel to write a new musical for its 2011-2012 season, under the auspices of its American Musical Voices Project. Currently in the works, this will be a musical adaptation of the Danny Boyle film Millions. Other current projects include an opera based on the short stories of Washington Irving.