The Light in the Piazza

December 4-13, 2015 at The Playhouse

Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm

The winner of six Tony awards, including Best Original Score, The Light in the Piazza follows Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara on their vacation in Italy, where the return of a windswept hat by a handsome stranger sets the pair on an unexpected journey. A lush, soaring score by Adam Guettel (Floyd Collins) brings this tale of love, regret, and hope to life. 

At the helm for the production are Director David Ronis, Director of University Opera at UW-Madison, and Music Director Thomas Kasdorf.  Scenic Designer Brandon Ribordy and Lighting Designer Tom Littrell will bring Italy to The Playhouse stage while Costume and Hair/Makeup Designers Monica Butler and Susan Gustaf will help set the show in 1953. 

“Anyone who cares about the rather uncertain future of this truly American genre should — must — see the show… the music, though fluctuating between the Sondheimesque and offbeat but still Broadwayish and the art-songlike and even operatic, is steadily absorbing…”

John Simon, NY Magazine


Tickets ($20 students, $30 seniors, $35 regular price) are on sale October 23 through the Overture Center Box Office online, in person, or by phone at (608) 258-4141.

The Light In The Piazza TRAILER from Rob Matsushita on Vimeo.


Read the Isthmus review - "The Magic of Italy: Four Seasons' 'The Light in the Piazza' is nuanced and gorgeous."  - Gwendolyn Rice, The Isthmus


Margaret Johnson - Tamara Brognano

Clara Johnson - Abby Nichols

Fabrizio Naccarelli - Kenneth Lyons

Giuseppe Naccarelli - Alex Van Handel

Franca Naccarelli - Marie McManama

Signor Naccarelli - Tony Reitano

Signora Naccarelli - Wendy Jones Hill

Roy Johnson - Sam White

Tour Guide - Cheryl Bensman Rowe

Priest - Paul Rowe

Ensemble - Kyle Baldauf, Amalia Goldberg, Dennis Gotkowski, Christina Kay, Cheryl Bensman Rowe, Paul Rowe


This production was generously support by a grant from the Pleasant Rowland Great Performance Fund for Theater, a component fund of the Madison Community Foundation. In addition, Four Seasons Theatre thanks First United Methodist Church, Dane Arts, Park Printing, Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television, and the staff of the Overture Center.