In the summer of 2019 much-acclaimed opera singer and soprano Renée Fleming and film and TV actress Dove Cameron will star in the London premiere production of Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel’s Broadway musical The Light in the Piazza, directed by Daniel Evans and playing at the Royal Festival Hall for 20 performances, accompanied by the 40-piece symphony Orchestra of Opera North.
Running from 14 June to 5 July 2019 (press performance is18 June 2019), with a book by Lucas and music and lyrics by Guettel, The Light in the Piazza is “a touching and heartwrenching love story set in Florence during the summer of 1953”.
Four-time Grammy winner and Tony nominee Renée Fleming makes her long-awaited London music theatre debut as American Margaret Johnson. Dove Cameron makes her UK debut as Margaret’s troubled daughter Clara; she is best known for her role in Disney’s The Descendants trilogy, recently starred as Amber von Tussle in NBC’s Hairspray Live! and is currently starring as Cher in the Off-Broadway production of Clueless: The Musical.
Renée Fleming said:
“I’m delighted to be a part of the London premiere of The Light in the Piazza. Adam Guettel’s score is ravishing, reaching beyond the boundaries of how we think of musical theatre. For my London theatre debut, to play Margaret Johnson—a fascinating, deeply human character whose predicament I find incredibly moving—this was an opportunity I couldn’t resist.”
Daniel Evans, also artistic director of Chichester Festival Theatre, will be joined by set designer Rob Jones (RSC, Royal Opera House, Metropolitan Opera New York), costume designer Brigitte Reiffenstuel (Royal Opera House, The Metropolitan Opera New York), and lighting designer Mark Henderson (Gypsy).
Unapologetically lyrical and romantic, The Light in the Piazza transports us into the world of Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara. As they take in the wonders of Florence, a fateful gust of wind whisks Clara’s hat into the hands of local dreamer Fabrizio Naccarelli. It’s love at first sight, but Clara isn’t quite what she appears and soon they must all confront a secret that’s been kept in the shadows for far too long.
The Light in the Piazza is the debut production from Scenario Two, a new company founded by John Berry and Anthony Lilley to focus on commercial theatrical production in London, the rest of the UK and internationally. It is based on Berry’s critically-acclaimed ENO model of bringing together the very best talent from the world of opera and musical theatre, with top performers and creatives from other industries such as film, television and theatre. Following its London premiere, The Light in the Piazza will tour major venues in North America and Australia.
Scenario Two director John Berry said:
“The score of The Light in the Piazza is sensational and we are thrilled that audiences will hear this London premiere in a new expanded version for full symphony orchestra. By bringing together a cast from different genres we hope to appeal to a wide audience and make this limited run of performances a ‘must see event’ before it travels to the USA.”