As previously announced, Sarah Uriarte Berry has been cast in the role of Franca in the Broadway production of Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas' The Light in the Piazza. Franca is the role formerly played by Kelli O'Hara in the regional productions of Piazza. O'Hara has since been bumped up to the larger part of Clara. Victoria Clark will play Clara's mother.
Piazza will play Lincoln Center Theatre's Vivian Beaumont beginning March 18, 2005, for an April 18 opening.
Piazza, based on Elizabeth Spencer's 1960 novella, has played critically acclaimed runs at both Seattle's Intiman Theatre and, more recently, at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.
The Light in the Piazza is a love story of a young American woman, Clara (O'Hara), who while on holiday falls for a young Italian man. When the young woman's mother (Clark) learns of the affair, she opposes it for seemingly unknown reasons. The musical is set in Florence and Rome in the summer of 1953.