The Light in the Piazza, by Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel
- Interlochen Center for the Arts
- 4000 Highway M-137
- Interlochen, MI 49643
- December 3, 2016
- Admission: $17 Full, $15 Senior, $10 Youth
- 7:30 PM
The Light in the Piazza takes place in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara-a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman-loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine, who returns it to Clara. This brief episode, charged with coincidence and fate, sparks an immediate and intense romance between Clara and Fabrizio. Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart. As The Light in the Piazza unfolds, a secret is revealed: in addition to the cultural differences between the young lovers, Clara is not quite all that she appears. Unable to suppress the truth about her daughter, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara's future, but her own hopes as well.
With music and lyrics by Interlochen Arts Camp alumnus Adam Guettel (IAC/NMC 80), the score breaks from the 21st century tradition of pop music on Broadway by moving into the territory of Neo-romantic classical music and opera, with unexpected harmonic shifts and extended melodic structures, and is more heavily orchestrated than most Broadway scores. Many of the lyrics are in Italian or broken English, as many of the characters are fluent only in Italian. Book by Craig Lucas.