Composer-lyricist Guettel, whose Piazza recently made its U.K. premiere in Leicester, England, north of London, is working on a new musical inspired by stories of American writer Washington Irving (famed for his "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle"). The 44-year-old writer is also reportedly working on an adaptation of director Danny Boyle's 2004 movie, "Millions," about a bag of cash that falls into the life of a five-year-old boy, prompting him to discuss right and wrong with various saints.
Guettel's words and music have been heard in the Off-Broadway musical Floyd Collins and the song cycle Myths and Hymns, both of which are preserved on recordings.
He shared the 2005 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations with Bruce Coughlin and Ted Sperling, and won the Best Score Tony that year, for The Light in the Piazza, a Lincoln Center Theater production that later toured.
Since Piazza's Broadway run, Guettel has created a chamber-orchestra version (for five pieces) of the show that premiered in Vermont in 2008. There are plans to include it in the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization's R&H Theatricals catalog, alongside the original large-orchestra version that is now licensed by theatres around the world.
The Light in the Piazza played April 30-May 23 in Leicester, England.