The Light In The Piazza (PR Photos) ( A Thank You Note! )
May 14 - 16, 2010
CanWest Performing Arts Centre
Book by Craig Lucas
Music & Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Produced by arrangement with Turner Entertainment Co.
Owner of the original motion picture “Light in the Piazza” Based on the Novel by Elizabeth Spencer
Director - Donna Fletcher
Music Director - Reid Harrison
Set Design - Brian Perchaluk
Lighting Design - Scott Henderson
Stage Manager - Chris Pearce
Harlequin Costumes of Winnipeg
The Light in the Piazza is set in Florence and Rome in the summer of 1953. A young American tourist, Clara Johnson, meets and falls for young Italian, Fabrizio Naccarelli. When Clara's mother Margaret learns of the affair, she opposes it for reasons that only gradually become known to the audience.
The score breaks from the traditional Broadway sound by veering into the territory of neo-romantic classical music and opera, with unexpected harmonic shifts and extended melodic structures in a lush score. The lyrics are unique in that many of them are in Italian and broken English, as many of the characters are fluent only in Italian.
The Light in the Piazza was developed as a musical at the Intiman Playhouse in Seattle and then at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. After 36 previews, the Broadway production opened on April 18, 2005 at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in Lincoln Center, where it ran for 504 performances and closed on July 2, 2006. It was nominated for 12 Tony awards, winning for Best Original Score, Best Actress, Best Orchestrations and for Best Scenic, Lighting and Costume Design. It was also nominated for 11 Drama Desk awards winning five.
The preview article and the review for The Light in the Piazza:
That's amore - Winnipeg Free Press (May 13, 2010)
A lovely, old-fashioned celebration of love - Winnipeg Free Press (May 15, 2010)