Further Casting Announced THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, Led by Renee Fleming and Dove Cameron
Scenario Two have announced further casting for the London debut of the acclaimed Broadway musical The Light in the Piazza. The Light in the Piazza will be performed in a full staging at the Royal Festival Hall in a limited run of only twenty performances directed by Olivier award-winner, Daniel Evans, designed by Robert Jones with costumes by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Mick Potter. The ravishing score will be played by the 35 piece orchestra of Opera North under the baton of Kimberly Grigsby, conductor of the original Lincoln Center production.
Joining Renee Fleming and Dove Cameron as (Margaret and Clara Johnson respectively) will be acclaimed West End star and 2019 Off West End award-winner, Rob Houchen, as Clara's suitor, Fabrizio Naccarelli. Rob's previous credits include West End productions of Les Mis rables and Titanic and he was most recently seen in his Offie winning performance in Eugenius!
Celinde Schoenmaker will play the role of Franca Naccarelli. Previously Celinda has starred as Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, and played the role of Fantine in the West End production of Les Mis rables. She is well-known for her YouTube and podcast collaborations with Carrie Hope-Fletcher.
Liam Tamne will play Guiseppe Naccarelli. Previously Liam has taken the roles of Raoul in Phantom of the Opera, Enjolras in Les Mis rables and Fiyero in Wicked as well as being a member of Will.i.am's team on The Voice Season 2.
Fabrizio's mother Signora Naccarelli will be played by Olivier-nominated international soprano, Marie McLaughlin, who has performed at many of the world's leading opera houses including Covent Garden, The Metropolitan Opera, New York and Munich Opera.
Malcolm Sinclair will make a welcome return to the London stage as Margaret's husband and Clara's father, Roy Johnson. Malcolm's career spans more than three decades and encompasses a vast array of West End, National Theatre and RSC productions alongside roles in films such as Casino Royale and V for Vendetta.
Already announced are four-time Grammy winner and Tony nominee Ren e Fleming who will be making her long-awaited London musical theatre debut as American Margaret Johnson, and Dove Cameron - who also makes her UK debut as Margaret's troubled daughter Clara. Dove is best known for her role in Disney's The Descendants trilogy. She recently played the role of Amber von Tussle in NBC's Hairspray Live! and starred as Cher in the Off-Broadway production of Clueless: The Musical.
Final casting is currently taking place for the featured role of Signor Naccarelli, Fabrizio's father. Scenario Two expects to make a major announcement within the next month regarding this role.
On its Broadway debut, The Light in the Piazza was described by the New York Times as having the most intensely romantic score of any musical since West Side Story .
Based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer, The Light in the Piazza book is by Craig Lucas, with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel. Set in Florence during the summer of 1953, it's a touching and heart-wrenching love story. A fateful gust of wind whisks Clara's hat into the hands of local dreamer Fabrizio Naccarelli and It's love at first sight. However, Clara isn't quite what she appears and soon they must all confront a secret that's been kept in the shadows for far too long.
The Light in the Piazza's rich, emotional score is a totally unique genre amongst Broadway musicals. Unapologetically lyrical and romantic, it transports us to 1950s Florence in the period made famous by films such as La Dolce Vita for a romantic evening of love and light.