The composition was orchestrated for 25 pieces by Jonathan Tunick. It runs 10 minutes in length, and draws from several songs in the musical's score, including: "The Light in the Piazza," "Statues and Stories" and "Passeggiata."
The Suite was premiered by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under the baton of John Mauceri. For information, contact The R&H Concert Library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.