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The national tour of the romantic new musical The Light in the Piazza launches in San Francisco! With book by Craig Lucas, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel and direction by Bartlett Sher, the musical is the winner of six 2005 Tony Awards, 5 Drama Desk Awards and 2 Outer Critics Circle Awards for its acclaimed New York run. The cast is led by Christine Andreas as Margaret Johnson, a protective Southern matron, Elena Shaddow as her daughter Clara, a beautiful 26-year-old American traveling abroad, and David Burnham as Fabrizio Naccarelli, a 20-year old Italian suitor who barely speaks English and is the source of the romantic tension central to the story. The musical, based on the novella by Elizabeth Spencer, is set in the summer of 1953 and tells the story of a mother and daughter traveling through Italy, the daughter's romance with a handsome, high-spirited Florentine, and the mother's determined efforts to keep the two apart.

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