The Light in the Piazza

The Light in the Piazza

December 4-13, 2015 at The Playhouse

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 bring Italy to The Playhouse stage while Costume and Hair/Makeup Designers Monica Butler and Susan Gustaf set the show in 1953.


"The Magic of Italy: Four Seasons' The Light in the Piazza is nuanced and gorgeous. In Four Seasons Theatre’s glowing production of The Light in the Piazza, running through December 13, tourists wander through the ancient city squares and marketplaces reading guidebooks, gawking at feats of architecture and art. When a sudden gust of wind delivers a pretty American girl’s hat into the hands of a handsome Italian youth, something new and magical is bound to begin." 

Read the full Isthmus review.  - 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

The Light in the Piazza, December 2014.
Photo credit: Maureen Janson Heintz.


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.