The extension assures that the Adam Guettel-Craig Lucas musical will enjoy a run in excess of one year; the production officially opened April 18, 2005, after a month of previews.
The show, once 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). It then extended further March 26.
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 reasons known only to her. The musical is set in Florence and Rome in the summer of 1953.
Craig Lucas penned the libretto, based on a 1960 novella by Elizabeth Spencer. Barlett Sher directed at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre.