Since May 17, Nonesuch Records has been stuffing programs with free compact discs featuring two selections from composer Adam Guettel's score. The songs are "Dividing Day," a signature tune sung by the show's star, Victoria Clark, and "Say It Somehow."
Theatregoers will receive the CD sampler through May 29.
The full original cast recording of the Broadway production will be released on May 24. The release is no doubt timed to get the CDs in the hands of Tony voters before they file their ballots; Piazza won 11 Tony nominations, including one for Best Score.
The album was recorded by Nonesuch on April 25.
The Light in the Piazza is a love story of a young American woman, Clara (Kelli O'Hara), who, while on holiday, falls for a young Italian man. When the young woman's mother (Victoria Clark) learns of the affair, she opposes it for unknown reasons. The musical is set in Florence and Rome in the summer of 1953. The musical's other leads include Michael Berresse (Kiss Me, Kate), Sarah Uriarte Berry (Taboo), Patti Cohenour, Beau Gravitte, Mark Harelik and Matthew Morrison (Hairspray). Bartlett Sher directs.
The cast of 18 also includes Glenn Seven Allen, David Bonanno, David Burnham, Laura Griffith, Prudence Wright Holmes, Jennifer Hughes, Felicity LaFortune, Catherine LaValle, Michel Moinot and Joseph Siravo.
Piazza is based on Elizabeth Spencer's 1960 novella.
The production won five Drama Desk Awards May 22.