The Light In The Piazza – March 2016

Fall in love with “The Light in the Piazza”

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Experience ‘La Dolce Vita’ in this soaring tale of love, passion and forgiveness

Davine Interventionz proudly presents The Light in the Piazza, book by Craig Lucas, music and lyrics written by Adam Guettel, directed by Hayley Horton, and on stage for Adelaide Fringe February 24 to March 5, 2016.

A mother’s need to protect her daughter comes in conflict with her desire to set her free into life, love, and happiness. To quote producer David Gauci The Light In The Piazza is “as delicious as a musical gets it proves that love truly can conquer all”.

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Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, The Light in the Piazza whisks audiences away to 1950’s Italy to experience a soaring tale of passion, forgiveness, and love.

Margaret Johnson, a mother escaping her crumbling marriage, travels to Tuscany with her daughter Clara. When a handsome young Florentine captures Clara’s heart, Margaret must decide if she’ll risk revealing truths that could threaten her daughter’s happiness.

Hailed as “astonishing,” “intensely romantic,” and “breathtaking,” The Light in the Piazza has redefined the modern American musical.

A celebration of life and love in every sense, The Light in the Piazza is not just about a girl falling in love with a boy; it is a story of a mother’s love for her daughter, a girl’s love affair with Italy, and two families learning to love each other despite their differences.

 

Some characters speak almost exclusively in Italian, harmonizing with American Southern English, creating what is the only fully bilingual musical in the American canon. The two languages mix and meld to create a rich sonic landscape that lifts the heart and enlivens the senses. Audiences will be whisked away into “La Dolce Vita,” or the Sweet Life, the Italian sensibility that encourages long sunset strolls, decadent food and wine, and of course, falling in love as deeply and often as possible.

The Light in the Piazza departs from the 21stcentury pop-musicals that Davine Interventionz has produced over the past four years and embraces Guettel’s neo-Romantic musical composition, unexpected harmonic shifts, and extended melodic structures.
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The score features swoon-worthy songs such as “Let’s Walk,” “The Beauty Is,” and the heartbreaking “Dividing Day.” It is no wonder that critics have said “the Guettel sound is plush and enjoyable” and called the music “steadily absorbing.” His lauded music and lyrics earned Guettel the 2005 Tony Award for Best Original Score.

The New York Times hailed it as;
“The most intensely romantic score of any musical since West Side Story”

This time Davine’s founder David Gauci, (award wi
nning director of the 2014 Adelaide Fringe hit Xanadu – the musical), hands the reigns of direction over to Hayley Horton ([title of show], You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Little Women etc.), to focus on set and costume design. Musical direction is in the hands of Peter Johns (Next to Normal, [title of show], Songs For A New World, Into the Woods etc.) who recently collaborated with David Gauci on the critically acclaimed The Story Of My Life.

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The principal cast includes Kristin Stefanoff , from theaward winning production of Young Frankenstein, in the role of Clara, and Lindsay Prodea, from the award winning productions of Xanadu and Drowsy Chaperone, in the role of Fabrizio along with Andy Trimmings (Giuseppe), Lisa Simmonetti (Franca); Tim Blackshaw (Roy)

Davine is also thrilled to announce the return to Adelaide stage of Katie Packer in the pivotal role of Margaret. Completing the lead cast are popular Adelaide Operatic Tenor, David Visentin in the role of Signor Nacerelli, and Soprano Irene Sutton as Signora Nacerelli.

The Light in the Piazza takes the stage at Star Theatre One – February 24 though to March 5, 2016. Star Theatre is located at 145 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Performances are at 7.30 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. Matinee on Saturday March 5. Tickets can be purchased through Adelaide Fringe Website/ FringeTIX

Awards

High Commendation 2016 Adelaide Fringe Awards

Nomination – ATG 2015/2016 Best Musical (Amateur)