Further casting has been announced for the London premiere of The Light in the Piazza at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall. Based on a novel by Elizabeth Spencer, the story follows Margaret and Clara Johnson, a mother and daughter who are on holiday in Italy during the summer of 1953. When Clara meets a local man Fabrizio Naccarelli, the pair immediately fall in love with each other, however their newly-found love later leads to large family secrets having to be told to one another.
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Tony Award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza will receive its London premiere at the Royal Festival Hall in 2019, starring Renée Fleming and Dove Cameron making their West End debuts, with tickets now available.
Based on the 1960 novel by Elizabeth Spencer, The Light in the Piazza tells the story of a mother and daughter, Margaret and Clara Johnson, on vacation in Italy. Clara becomes besotted with a local named Fabrizio, but what starts as a love story takes darker turns as family secrets and conflicts come to the surface.
This musical adaptation, written by Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas, dramatises the story, and uses classical music and opera, rather than traditional pop music often associated with Broadway theatre.
Directed by Daniel Evans, the production will run at Royal Festival Hall from 14th June to 5th of July 2019, with tickets now on sale.
American soprano Renée Fleming is renowned across the world for her performances in operas such as La traviata, Le nozze di Figaro, and in 2010, she performed during the Last Night of the Proms in London.
On stage, Dove Cameron has played Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia in Hollywood, and is has appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Clueless: The Musical.
The Light in the Piazza premiered on Broadway in 2005 after a development run in Seattle two years earlier. Directed by Bartlett Sher, it opened at the Lincoln Center in New York in April 2005, and ran for 504 performances starring Victoria Clark, Kelli O'Hara and Matthew Morrison. In 2009, the musical got its European in Leicester directed by Paul Kerryson. The musical starred Lucy Schaufer and Caroline Sheen.
The musical won six Tony Awards from 11 nominations in 2005, including wins for best original score, best performance by a leading actress in a musical, and best orchestrations.
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Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas' musical The Light In The Piazza is set to run at London’s Southbank Centre in 2019, directed by Daniel Evans. The musical is set in Florence, and tells the story of a mother and daughter on holiday in Italy, when Clara is swept up in a romance with local man Fabrizio, but she finds herself hiding a secret from him that she can no longer contain.