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Newcomer Anna Zavelson to Play Clara in Encores! Light in the Piazza

Shereen Ahmed, Andréa Burns, and more also join the company.

Anna Zavelson will play Clara Johnson in the Encores! production of The Light in the Piazza.
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New York City Center has announced additional casting for Encores! The Light in the Piazza, running June 21-25.

Joining the previously announced Ruthie Ann Miles, who will star as Margaret Johnson, are Shereen Ahmed (A Man of No Importance) as Franca Naccarelli, Andréa Burns (On Your Feet!) as Signora Naccarelli, Rodd Cyrus as Giuseppe Naccarelli, James D. Gish (Wicked) as Fabrizio Naccarelli, Ivan Hernandez (Dear Evan Hansen) as Signor Naccarelli, and introducing Anna Zavelson as Clara Johnson. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Rob Berman, former Encores! Music Director, returns to lead the Encores! Orchestra for the production directed by Chay Yew with choreography by Parker Esse.

The Light in the Piazza, based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer, features a book by Craig Lucas and a Tony-winning score by Adam Guettel. It was produced on Broadway in 2005 at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, starring Kelli O’Hara (Clara Johnson) and Victoria Clark (Margaret Johnson) with direction by Bartlett Sher. The Lincoln Center production won six Tony Awards including Best Score and Best Actress in a Musical (Clark).