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The Light in the Piazza

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Broadway & Vocalists album by Adam Guettel, Kelli O'Hara, Mark Harelik, Matthew Morrison, Sarah Uriarte Berry, and Victoria Clark

Like a shimmering pearl,The Light in the Piazzaemerged from a sea of revivals, rehashings, and movie adaptations to secure 11 2005 Tony nominations, including Best Musical. Based on an Elizabeth Spencernovella(which was also made into a 1962 film), it … see full wiki

1 review about The Light in the Piazza

the new hope of Broadway...

  • Aug 17, 2005
Everyone rejoice! The classic sound of Broadway is back in THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel's sparkling musical version of Elizabeth Spencer's novel. Full of rich and melodic moments, this musical is sure to become one of the all-time classics.

The story has been discussed in detail but here is a quick summary: vacationing mother-and-daughter Margaret and Clara Johnson are experiencing all the sights and sounds of Rome when Clara's head is turned by the handsome Fabrizio. Margaret opposes the union for her own reasons but what exactly happened in the past that has made Margaret so fervently protective of her daughter?...

The role of Margaret seems destined to go down alongside the great females of musical theatre (like Mama Rose in GYPSY, Mame Dennis in MAME, Eliza in MY FAIR LADY). Victoria Clark gamely steps up to the plate, and delivers the demanding vocals with finesse and amazing clarity. Ms Clark deservedly won a Tony Award for her performance here. "Dividing Day" and "Fable" are performed handsomely by this remarkable actress. After over 10 years on Broadway in supporting and ensemble roles, it's great to see Victoria Clark finally get her moment in the spotlight.

Kelli O'Hara and Matthew Morrison shine as young lovers Clara and Fabrizio. They simply shimmer with their duet of "Say It Somehow". O'Hara's bell-clear soprano is showcased in the Title Song. The cast also includes musical theatre veterans Patti Cohenour, Michael Berresse and Sarah Uriarte Berry.

The entire score by Adam Guettel is completely magical, full of lush strings and swirling melodies. Adam Lucas's lyrics are witty and perfectly inhabit the characters and their motivations. It's no accident that this score is so fabulous, considering Guettel's grandfather is Richard Rodgers (OKLAHOMA!, etc) and his mother Mary Rodgers gave us, among other delights, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS.

Buy THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA and revel in it's romantic score.

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The Light in the Piazza
Label: Nonesuch
Genre: Broadway & Vocalists
Release Date: May 24, 2005
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