Cast Announced for New Guettel Musical, The Light in the Piazza, in Seattle

News   Cast Announced for New Guettel Musical, The Light in the Piazza, in Seattle Seattle's Intiman Theatre has announced the cast and creative team for its upcoming production of The Light in the Piazza. The world premiere musical by Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel will play the Washington stage May 31-July 19, opening June 11.

The Light in the Piazza is a love story between a young American woman and a young Italian man. When she learns of the affair, the young woman's mother opposes it for seemingly unknown reasons. Based on the 1960 novel by Elizabeth Spencer, the musical is set in Florence and Rome in the summer of 1953.

Lucas, Intiman's associate artistic director, helms the first staging, which stars Victoria Clark (Urinetown, Titanic), as previously reported by Playbill On-Line. The cast also includes Celia Keenan-Bolger (Little Fish, Summer of '42), Patti Cohenour (The Phantom of the Opera, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Kelli O'Hara (My Life with Albertine), Glenn Seven Allen (Naked Boys Singing!), Mark Harelik (Lost Highway, Old Money) and Robert Shampain (Mary Zimmerman's production of The Odyssey at Seattle Rep). The role of the young Italian Fabrizio Naccarelli is still to be cast.

Craig Lucas (The Dying Gaul, Prelude to a Kiss) provides the book for the tuner with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel (Floyd Collins). Ted Sperling serves as music director as Pat Graney handles choreography. The Light in the Piazza features scenic design by Loy Arcenas, costume design by Catherine Zuber and lighting design by Christopher Akerlind.

The Intiman Theatre, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2002, will also host Nora by Ingmar Bergman based on Henrik Ibsen's A Doll’s House (April 18-May 18), Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall (July 25-Aug. 24), Homebody/Kabul by Tony Kushner (Sept. 12-Oct. 11) and 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @Amazon.Com written and performed by Mike Daisey (Oct. 24-Nov. 22).

Single tickets to The Light in the Piazza go on sale April 27. Subscriptions are currently available by calling the Intiman, 201 Mercer Street in Seattle, WA at (206) 269-1900 or visit http://www.intiman.org.