‘Light’ on Lincoln Center

Legiter bows in Gotham after stops in Chi, Seatle

“The Light in the Piazza” will shine in Lincoln Center next spring.

The new musical by Adam Guettel (“Floyd Collins”) and Craig Lucas (“Prelude to a Kiss”) will have its New York City premiere in spring 2005 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Lincoln Center Theater artistic director Andre Bishop confirmed the engagement but did not have specific production dates or details.

“The Light in the Piazza” is based on Elizabeth Spencer’s novella about a young American woman who falls in love with an Italian man while on vacation in Florence and Rome with her mother. Olivia de Havilland and Yvette Mimieux starred in the 1962 film version.

The Guettel and Lucas musical generated much positive buzz this winter in Chicago, where it played the Goodman Theater, and earlier in Seattle at the Intiman Theater. Several commercial producers visited the Chi “Piazza,” and there was talk that the tuner might go into one of the midtown Broadway theaters. Since “Piazza” is an intimate tuner with a relatively small cast and orchestra, there had even been speculation about a possible run Off Broadway.

Bartlett Sher directed the Chi and Seattle productions.

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