Tony-Winning Light in the Piazza Extends at Lincoln Center Until Jan. 1

By Robert Simonson
09 Jun 2005

Victoria Clark and Kelli O'Hara in The Light in the Piazza
Victoria Clark and Kelli O'Hara in The Light in the Piazza
Photo by Joan Marcus

Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas' new musical The Light in the Piazza, which took home six Tony Awards on June 5, has extended its run at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre through the end of the year.

The show, which opened on April 18 after a month of previews, will now play until Jan. 1, 2006. It was to have closed on June 12, but then extended until Sept. 4.

The big Tony winner of the season (with six awards, including Best Score, Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Victoria Clark and a clutch of design trophies), The Light in the Piazza, had a surge in ticket sales of around $300,000 directly after the Tonys ceremony, a production spokesperson confirmed.

Though it opened to mixed reviews, Piazza has since become a favorite of New York's awards organizations. Along with the Tonys showing, it led the Outer Critics Circle Awards nominations with 11 nods, while the Drama Desk organization also nominated it in 11 categories.



Craig Lucas penned the book for the show, which has already been seen in stagings at both Seattle's Intiman Theatre and, more recently, at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.

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.

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

Piazza is based on Elizabeth Spencer's 1960 novella.