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Encores! 2023

The Light in the Piazza


Jun 21 – 25, 2023

Tickets start at $35



Wed – Fri | 7:30pm
Sat 2 & 8pm | Sun 2 & 7pm

Heralded as a new direction for musical theater when it opened on Broadway, The Light in the Piazza won six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score for Adam Guettel (Days of Wine and Roses), who brought surprising chromatic complexity to his lush, operatic songs, and—with Tony-winning playwright Craig Lucas (An American in Paris)—took the adventurous step of including untranslated Italian lyrics and dialogue to better capture this cross-cultural love story.

“A work of such consummate beauty, truth, energy … you leave the theater filled with joy and revived by hope for the future.”
The New York Observer

Tony-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles (The King & I, City Center’s Sunday in the Park with George) leads the cast as an American mother on vacation in 1950s Florence with her daughter (Anna Zavelson, 13 Reasons Why) confronting painful memories and life-changing opportunities alike. Under the direction of Chay Yew (Cambodian Rock Band) and Guest Music Director Rob Berman (Into the Woods), this staged concert production also includes Shereen Ahmed (My Fair Lady), Andréa Burns (Encores! Dear World), Rodd Cyrus, James D. Gish (Wicked) and Ivan Hernandez (The Good Wife) as the Italian family whose lives are transformed by a chance encounter with a lost hat.

The Light in the Piazza is part of the 2023 Encores! season, our beloved, Tony-honored series of musical theater revivals helmed by Artistic Director Lear deBessonet, Producing Creative Director Clint Ramos, and Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell.

This series of concert stagings revisits the archives of American musical theater. Centered around The Encores! Orchestra, these revivals are produced with limited runs and rehearsal schedules, spotlighting the vocal talents of star-studded ensembles.

Check out the rest of the season: Dear World (Mar 15 – 19) and Lionel Bart’s Oliver! (May 3­­ – 14).

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Casting and programming subject to change.

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Cast & Credits

Cast & Credits

Book by Craig Lucas
Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Produced by arrangement with Turner Entertainment Co.
Owner of the original motion picture The Light In The Piazza
Based on the Novel by Elizabeth Spencer
Scenic Designers Clint Ramos & Miguel Urbino
Costume Designer Linda Cho
Hair and Wig Designer Charles G. LaPointe
Lighting Designer David Weiner
Sound Designers Megumi Katayama
Casting by The Telsey Office
Production Stage Manager Cynthia Cahill
Music Coordinator Kimberlee Wertz
Orchestrations by Ted Sperling, Adam Guettel and Bruce Coughlin
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Choreography by Parker Esse

Guest Music Director Rob Berman
Directed by Chay Yew

Featuring Shereen Ahmed, Andréa Burns, Rodd Cyrus, James D. Gish, Michael HaydenIvan Hernandez, Ruthie Ann Miles, and Anna Zavelson

With Nick Alvino, Daniel Assetta, Jhailyn Farcon, Alex Humphreys, Mary Illes, Jolina Javier, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Matt Leisy, Katerina McCrimmon, Eliseo Roman, Vishal Vidaya, Kathy Voytko, and J.D. Webster 

Encores! Artistic Leadership
Lear deBessonet | Artistic Director
Mary-Mitchell Campbell | Music Director
Clint Ramos | Producing Creative Director
Josh Clayton | Director of Music Administration & Score Restoration

Creative Advisors
Camille A. Brown, Eisa Davis, and Robert O'Hara

Producer of Musical Theater
Jenny Gersten


Show Your Encores! Love

Show Your Encores! Love

For nearly 30 years we’ve watched our Encores! series bring a community together through a shared love of song and dance. Please consider making a gift today to support this beloved series.



Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater

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Roz and Jerry Meyer
The Shubert Foundation
Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!
Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust

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Marta Heflin Foundation
The Kaplen Brothers Fund
The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation
The Frederick Loewe Foundation
Daryl and Steven Roth
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc
The SHS Foundation
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THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

Art by Ben Wiseman