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The Light in the Piazza

This lush, sophisticated, romantic musical about a mother and daughter touring the Tuscan countryside enthralled audiences and earned six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Drama
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Orchestra Size: Medium

  • Performance Group:
  • High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 3 Joseph Jefferson Awards including Best Production of a Musical; Best Actress in a Musical (Victoria Clark); and Best Lighting (Akerlind) (2004)
    Winner! 2 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Actress in a Musical (Victoria Clark) and Best Lighting (2005)
    Winner! 5 Drama Desk Awards including Best Original Score; Best Orchestrations; Best Actress in a Musical (Victoria Clark); Best Sets of a Musical; and Best Lighting of a Musical (2005)
Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara – a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman – loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine, who returns it to Clara. This brief episode, charged with coincidence and fate, sparks an immediate and intense romance between Clara and Fabrizio. Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart. But as events unfold, a secret is revealed: in addition to the cultural differences between the young lovers, Clara is not quite all that she appears. Unable to suppress the truth about her daughter, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara's future, but her own hopes as well.


"PIAZZA features a remarkably string-saturated and romantic musical score by today's standards - or even those of composer Adam Guettel's grandfather Richard Rodgers."

Dawn Shirley LA City Beat

"The most intensely romantic score of any musical since WEST SIDE STORY!"

The New York Times

"Guettel...won the Tony for Best Music and Lyrics at the 2005 Tony Awards and the award was well deserved. His score for PIAZZA is rich and complex and the lyrics, sung in English and Italian, perfectly capture the voice of each character."

Theatre Scene West

"What Adam Guettel (music and lyrics) and Craig Lucas (book) have crafted is a quiet, beautiful, elegant, and romantic show."

Jeff Favre LA Downtown News

"Breathtaking! Original and daring!...Anyone who cares about the rather uncertain future of this truly American genre should/must see the show!"

New York Magazine

"The most melodic and emotionally satisfying musical this season!"

Associated Press

"A work of such consummate beauty, truth, energy and accomplishment that you leave the theater filled with joy and revived by hope for the future."

The New York Observer

"Adam Guettel's astonishing music is the most beautiful score written for the American musical theater in 20 years, and the uncommonly wise and emotional lyrics from Craig Lucas collapse all the usual defenses against Broadway flim-flam. This is a serious and passionate musical and I regard it as a masterpiece. If you have a passion for serious musicals, you'd be a fool to miss this show."

Chris Jones The Chicago Tribune
Premiere Production: In 2005 The Light in the Piazza by Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in Lincoln Center, and ran for 504 performances.
  • Casting: 4M, 4F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Chorus Size: Small

  • MARGARET JOHNSON - An elegant, self-possessed, practical and attractive American woman in middle age
    CLARA JOHNSON - Margaret's twenty-six-year-old daughter, young and naive for her age
    FABRIZIO NACCARELLI - A twenty-year-old, good-looking and charming Florentine
    GIUSEPPE NACCARELLI - Fabrizio's slightly older brother
    FRANCA NACCARELLI - Guiseppe's wife
    SIGNOR NACCARELLI - Fabrizio's father
    SIGNORA NACCARELLI - Fabrizio's mother
    ROY JOHNSON - Margaret's husband
  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional.

    1 x Libretto-Vocal Book
    1 x Piano-Vocal Score

    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    20 x Libretto-Vocal Books
    2 x Piano-Vocal Scores

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material - 15 Piece Orc Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 x Full Score (Act I)
    1 x Full Score (Act II)
    1 x Reed I (Clarinet, Oboe, English Horn)
    1 x Reed II (Bassoon, Contrabassoon)
    1 x Violin A (Divisi)
    1 x Violin B (Divisi)
    1 x Violin C (Divisi)
    1 x Cello (Divisi)
    1 x Guitar (Steel String Acoustic, Nylon String Acoustic, Mandolin, Suspended Cymbal)
    1 x Harp
    1 x Piano (Doubling Celesta)
    1 x Bass
    1 x Percussion

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material - 5 Piece Orc Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 x Full Score
    1 x Piano
    1 x Violin
    1 x Bass
    1 x Cello
    1 x Harp

    $150.00 +$135.00/pm
    Lib/Vocal Book 10 Pack Shipped with (or after) Rehearsal Material. This is optional.

    10 x Libretto-Vocal Books

    $50.00 +$50.00/pm