John Berry and Anthony Lilley for global commercial theater production company Scenario Two have announced a new production of acclaimed Broadway musical The Light in the Piazza, starring four-time Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Renée Fleming as Margaret Johnson, who embarks on a fateful trip to Florence with her daughter in the summer of 1953. Additional casting including Broadway and West End stars are expected to be announced soon.
After premiering in London at the Royal Festival Hall this summer, the new production will be presented in Chicago for ten performances only at Lyric Opera House from December 14-29, 2019.
The new production is directed by Olivier Award winner and critically acclaimed musicals expert Daniel Evans and designed by Robert Jones, with costumes by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Mick Potter. The acclaimed score will be performed by the Lyric Opera Orchestra under the baton of Kimberly Grigsby, conductor of the original Lincoln Center production.
Upon 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 unforgettable 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. Soon her mother is faced with a heart-wrenching decision, and they must all confront a secret that’s been kept in the shadows for far too long.
The Light in the Piazza has a rich, emotional score that is unapologetically lyrical and romantic, which is unique amongst 21st-century Broadway musicals.
Tickets to the Chicago production start at $49 and are on sale now for Lyric Opera subscribers. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, March 28 at 10 a.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.lightinthepiazzathemusical.com.
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Grammy-winner and Tony nominated soprano, Renée Fleming will star in the new production of The Light in the Piazza in Chicago, December 2019 (photo Courtesy of Scenario Two).
Renée Fleming to Star in Chicago Production of Broadway Hit The Light in the Piazza
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