The Top Ten Musicals Captured Live on Stage

By Ben Rimalower
21 Sep 2013

Victoria Clark
Photo by Joan Marcus

4. The Light in the Piazza

Another searing, soaring exploration of humanity, poignantly preserved on video is Bartlett Sher's rapturous original production of the Adam Guettel-Craig Lucas musical, The Light in the Piazza. This haunting love story swirls vividly to life, also like Sunday in the Park with George, gaining much from the ability to focus in close on faces. Victoria Clark's moving (and Tony-winning) performance as Margaret is as effective on video as it was on the stage, and Katie Rose Clarke and Aaron Lazar are arguably better suited to the roles of Clara and Fabrizio than original cast members Kelli O'Hara and Matthew Morrison had been. Unfortunately, this Live From Lincoln Center broadcast has not been released on DVD.