'Light' lights up B'way a little while longer

On the strength of its six big Tony wins, “The Light in the Piazza” has extended its run to Jan. 1 at Lincoln Center Theater.

Extension is the second for the new musical by Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel, the latter of whom won Tonys for his score and orchestrations. Their tuner version of Elizabeth Spencer’s novella about a mother and daughter traveling in Italy opened April 18 to mixed reviews from local critics but quickly gained momentum on the strength of subsequent notices and several award nominations from various legit orgs.

“Piazza” received 11 Tony noms and won six but lost the top musical award to “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

While most shows saw their B.O. drop last week, “Piazza” at the Vivian Beaumont enjoyed a 9.1% increase — the biggest such uptick on Broadway.

LCT has not announced its 2005-06 season, but the nonprofit company will look to one of Broadway’s commercial theaters to house its autumn production.

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