More Light in the Piazza Than Ever; Tickets to Tony Winner on Sale to March 26, 2006

News   More Light in the Piazza Than Ever; Tickets to Tony Winner on Sale to March 26, 2006
 
The Light in the Piazza, the Tony Award-winning musical about motherhood, young love, middle-aged regret, innocence and the lure of fable-filled Italy, has been extended again — now to March 2006.

A spokesman confirmed Sept. 9 that tickets are now on sale to March 26. The show, a limited engagement at Lincoln Center Theater, was extended to Jan. 1, 2006, after winning Tony Awards, including Best Score (Adam Guettel) and Best Actress in a Musical (Victoria Clark).

Craig Lucas penned the libretto, based on a 1960 novella by Elizabeth Spencer. Barlett Sher directed at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre.

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It was recently reported that Aaron Lazar and Chris Sarandon will be the new Naccerelli son and father in The Light in the Piazza.

Aaron Lazar succeeded Matthew Morrison, who will leave the production to take a role in A Naked Girl on the Appian Way at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Lazar began work on Sept. 2. Sarandon follows on Sept. 13. Lazar has worked on Broadway in Oklahoma! and The Phantom of the Opera. Sarandon hasn't been on Broadway since 1991's Nick and Nora. (Joanna Gleason, that show's Nora, is Sarandon's wife.) The actor is better known for his films, which include "The Princess Bride," "Dog Day Afternoon," and "Just Cause," and television roles on "Felicity" and "Judging Amy."

As Fabrizio, Lazar speaks and sings much of his role in Italian, including the number "Il Mondo Era Vuoto," in which he emotionally professes his love for Kelli O'Hara's American Clara without uttering a single English word, outside of "Clara" and "Van Johnson."

Morrison received a Tony nomination for his performance.

Piazza took home six Tony Awards on June 5. The show opened on April 18 after a month of previews.

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 initially opposes it for unknown reasons. The musical is set in Florence and Rome in the summer of 1953.

The creative team includes Ted Sperling (musical direction), Michael Yeargan (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes) and Christopher Akerlind (lights).

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