Chicago-Style Piazza: New Guettel-Lucas Musical Opens at Goodman, Jan. 20

News   Chicago-Style Piazza: New Guettel-Lucas Musical Opens at Goodman, Jan. 20 Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas' new musical The Light in the Piazza opens Jan. 20 at Chicago's Goodman Theater.
Wayne Wilcox and Celia Keenan-Bolger in The Light in the Piazza
Wayne Wilcox and Celia Keenan-Bolger in The Light in the Piazza Photo by Liz Lauren

Original stars Victoria Clark, Patti Cohenour, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Mark Harelik, Kelli O'Hara and Glenn Seven Allen — who starred in the world premiere of the musical at Seattle's Intiman Theatre — are joined by Wayne Wilcox, Amy Arbizzani, Andrew Rothenberg, Stephen Rader, Brooke Scherrod and Jonathan Raviv.

Intiman's artistic director Bartlett Sher takes the helm for the Chicago engagement slated for Jan. 10-Feb. 15. Lucas had directed the show in Seattle.

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

The world premiere of The Light in the Piazza, featuring music and lyrics by Guettel (Floyd Collins) and book by Lucas (The Dying Gaul, Prelude to a Kiss), played May 31-July 19 in Seattle. The developing work was previously workshopped at the Sundance Theatre Lab.

Some restructuring has taken place for the developing show since the Seattle staging. "The heart of it is still there," lead Victoria Clark told Playbill On-Line. (The actress has been with the show since its early stages.) "The core of the piece is still very much the same. It's definitely still the same story." The musical has been mentioned as a possible late entry to this Broadway season, though no official announcement has been made.

The design team includes Michael Yeargan (set), Chris Akerlind (light) Catherine Zuber (costume) and Acme Sound Partners (sound). Ted Sperling serves as music director. Choreography is by Marcela Lorca.

Tickets to The Light in the Piazza at the Goodman, 170 N. Dearborn in Chicago, IL, can be purchased by calling (312) 443-3800 or online at www.goodman-theatre.org.

Mark Harelik and Victoria Clark in <i>The Light in the Piazza</i>
Mark Harelik and Victoria Clark in The Light in the Piazza Photo by Liz Lauren
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