The Light in the Piazza, a lush, romantic new musical with book by Craig Lucas, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel and direction by Bartlett Sher, was the winner of six Tony Awards in 2005, and is based on the novella by Elizabeth Spencer.
In 1953 on a Florentine piazza suffused with golden summer light, a young American woman named Clara falls in love with a young Italian named Fabrizio. It's love at first sight for both of them, but it's a love that causes great concern for Clara's mother, Margaret Johnson, who is traveling through Italy with her daughter. Margaret is fiercely protective of Clara, who is not all that she appears to be. But Margaret also finds herself drawn to the intoxicating spell that Italy casts on its visitors. While her heart battles with her mind, Margaret begins to consider new possibilities for Clara and for herself as their sojourn in Florence becomes a life-changing journey, both bittersweet and hopeful.