The Light in the Piazza
Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel
Winner of Six Tony Awards
Opens April 3 at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre
Bruce Linser, Director
The Light in the Piazza , a romantic, incandescent musical by Craig Lucas (book) and Adam Guettel (music and lyrics) about family secrets and the pursuit of happiness, opens at Palm Beach Dramaworks on Friday, April 3 at 8PM at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre. Winner of six 2005 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, the show runs through April 26, with specially priced previews on April 1 and 2 (7:30PM). Bruce Linser directs. 
Based on the novella of the same name by Elizabeth Spencer, The Light in the Piazza follows Margaret Johnson and her daughter, Clara, on a trip to Italy in 1953. The beautiful Clara falls in love with Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine who wants to marry her. But Clara isn’t quite what she seems, and the protective Margaret, trying to come to terms with her own unhappy marriage, must decide whether to allow her determined, unique daughter to start a new life in Florence.
The Light in the Piazza features Kristin Carbone (PBD debut) as Margaret; Madison Claire Parks (PBD debut) as Clara; Sergi Robles as Fabrizio (PBD debut);   Mark Light-Orr (PBD debut) as Signor Naccarelli, Fabrizio’s father; Elizabeth Sackett as Signora Naccarelli, Fabrizio’s mother; James Oblak (PBD debut) as Giuseppe Naccarrelli, Fabrizio’s brother; Alix Paige as Franca Naccarelli, Giuseppe’s wife, and J. Douglas Blevins (PBD debut) as Roy Johnson, Clara’s father. Rounding out the cast, in alphabetical order, are Aaron Atkinson, Jinon Deeb, Michael Focas, Colleen Pagano, Kevin Reilley, and Alexandra Van Hasselt. All but Focas are making their PBD debuts. Paul Reekie is the music director of a five-piece ensemble, which includes Kay Kemper, Perry Orfanella, Kaitlin Richardson, and Jackie Robbins. Scenic design is by Michael Amico, costume design is by Brian O’Keefe, lighting design is by Paul Black, and sound design is by Roger Arnold.
Spencer’s novel was adapted for the screen in 1962, and starred Olivia de Havilland as Margaret (Meg in the film), Yvette Mimieux as Clara, Rossano Brazzi as Signor Naccarelli, and George Hamilton as Fabrizio.

The musical premiered on Broadway at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre on April 18, 2005, and ran for 504 performances. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the show featured Victoria Clark as Margaret, Kelli O’Hara as Clara, Matthew Morrison as Fabrizio, and Mark Harelik as Signor Naccarelli. A new production was mounted in London last summer as a vehicle for opera star Renée Fleming. It has since presented by LA Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, and is headed to Australia in August.
Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Florida Professional Theatres Association, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

Evening performances are Wednesday, Thursday, and select Sundays at 7:30PM, and Friday and Saturday at 8PM. Matinee performances are Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2PM. Post-performance discussions follow Wednesday matinee and Sunday evening performances. Individual tickets are $77, with specially priced preview tickets at $57 and Opening Night tickets at $92. Student tickets are available for $15, and Pay Your Age tickets are available for those 18-40. Tickets for educators are half price with proper ID (other restrictions apply). Group rates for 20 or more and discounted season subscriptions are also available.

The Don & Ann Brown Theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 201 Clematis Street. For ticket information contact the box office at (561) 514-4042, or visit . You can order online 24 hours a day.