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The Light in the Piazza

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Closed December 29, 2019

With its strong cast and enchanting score, the romantic musical fits perfectly into holiday festivity.

Chicago Sun Times

Why See The Light in the Piazza?


Starring Renee Fleming!

Grammy award winner and Tony nominee Renne Fleming stars as Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza! The internationally renowned musical by Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel heads to the Lyric Opera in Chicago for a strictly limited 10 performance run! Fleming will play in the role in London before heading to Chicago just in time for the holidays.

Debuting on Broadway in 2005 The Light In Piazza received much critical acclaim for its immensely romantic score. The production went onto win Six Tony awards including the award for Best Original Score. This 2019 revival is directed by Olivier award-winner Daniel Evans. Featuring the Lyric Opera Orchestra, be prepared to be swept off your feet with this gorgeous musical!

What is The Light in the Piazza about?

Set in Florence in the summer of 1953, American Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara take in the sights and sounds of their surroundings. When a gust of wind carries Clara's hat across the square and into the hands of Fabrizio Naccarelli a romance between the pair ensues. But as Clara's and Fabrizio's love deepens, secrets begin to surface as it becomes clear that there is more to Clara than meets the eye.

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Opening night: 14 December 2019

Run time

2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission

Cast and Creative


Renee Fleming as Margaret Johnson
Solea Pfeiffer as Clara Johnson
Alex Jennings as Signor Naccarelli
Rob Houchen as Fabrizio Naccarelli
Maria McLaughlin as Signora Naccarelli
Malcolm Sinclair as Roy Johnson
Suzanne Kantoski as Franca
Eric Sciotto as Giuseppe

Rhona McGregor, Matthew Woodyatt, Jordan Castle, Nicolas Duncan, Chloe Hart, Molly Lynch, Tom Partridge, and Monica Swayne


Conducted by Kimberly Grigsby
Directed by Daniel Evans
Book by Craig Lucas
Music and lyrics by Adam Guettel
Based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer 

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