The Light in the Piazza

Appearing at Lincoln Center‘s Vivian Beaumont Theater, The Light in the Piazza is certainly a musical of a different era. Set in 1950s Italy and based on the novel of the same name by Elizabeth Spencer, The Light in the Piazza is more reminiscent of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals of days gone by and far removed from the light and airy jukebox musicals of today. The Light in the Piazza tells the story of a mother and daughter as they travel through Italy in the summer of 1953. The daughter, who is 20 years old but mentally slow, is wooed by a young Italian man determined to be her suitor. The mother is torn between protecting her daughter from her feisty Florentine would-be lover and allowing her daughter to experience the joys of true love. Famed Broadway director Mike Nichols takes the reigns and produces an unforgettable evening at the theater. The characters in this musical are all delightful in their own way and there are no real villains in The Light in the Piazza, just a slightly overbearing mother. The characters are deep and interesting and the melodies are the kind you keep singing even after you‘ve left the theater.