Lincoln Center Theater


Light in the Piazza Production Photos

Photos by Joan Marcus

Running Time

2hrs 15mins

THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA brought together the talents of Adam Guettel (music and lyrics) and Craig Lucas (book) in this adaptation of Elizabeth Spencer's novella of the same name. Director Bartlett Sher made his Lincoln Center Theater debut with this production. The score by Adam Guettel (Floyd Collins, Saturn Returns) is romantic and passionate with music and lyrics that reveal the feelings of all of the characters in soaring melodies.

THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA takes place in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret Johnson, the wife of a well-heeled 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.


  • Glenn Seven Allen , Michael Berresse , Sarah Uriarte Berry , David Bonanno , David Burnham , Victoria Clark , Patti Cohenour , Beau Gravitte , Laura Griffith , Mark Harelik , Prudence Wright Holmes , Jennifer Hughes , Felicity LaFortune , Catherine La Valle , Michel Moinot , Matthew Morrison , Kelli O'Hara , Joseph Siravo
  • Book by

    Craig Lucas

  • Music and Lyrics by

    Adam Guettel

  • Based on the novel by

    Elizabeth Spencer

  • Directed by

    Bartlett Sher