‘The Light in the Piazza’ Dimmed By a Grand-Scale Venue

Dec 18, 2019 196

BY: Hedy Weiss

The element of scale is crucial to the production of any theatrical work. And while “The Light in the Piazza” is set against the artistic magnificence of Florence and Rome, and its lushly lyrical score by Adam Guettel is infused with elements of grand opera (some of it sung in Italian), the show is, at its core, a profoundly intimate work about love and marriage, the relationship between parents and children, and the power of a beautiful place to both trigger memory and unleash a sense of freedom, adventure and self-discovery.

Created for Broadway (and over the years seen on such diverse Chicago-area stages as the Goodman, Marriott and Theo Ubique theaters), the show belongs in a space that can fully embrace that intimacy. The Lyric Opera House, where it is now being presented by the recently formed U.K.-based Scenario Two Ltd. and Karl Sydow, is not such a place.


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