Notre Dame de Namur University Brings “The Light in the Piazza” to the Bay Area

Belmont, CA, February 16, 2012 — Audiences will be whisked away to the lively streets of — where else — Italy for a tale of innocent love in “The Light in the Piazza,” presented by Notre Dame de Namur University’s Department of Music and Vocal Arts. Adam Guettel’s soaring musical runs February 24 to March 4 at the NDNU Theatre.

“The Light in the Piazza” is based on Elizabeth Spencer’s 1960 novella of the same name and the 1962 film “Light in the Piazza.” The musical follows the relationship that blossoms between Clara, a young American tourist, and Fabrizio, a young Italian man, while Clara and her mother Margaret vacation in Florence. However, Margaret instantly opposes the relationship and thwarts the young lovers at every opportunity, because of a secret about Clara’s past.

Composer Guettel is the grandson of musical theatre giant Richard Rodgers. The original Lincoln Center production won five Tony Awards and six Drama Desk Awards.

“This is a smart, brilliant musical,” said Debra Lambert, chair of the Department of Music and Vocal Arts. “The story is lovely, uplifting. The music soars.”

“Piazza” is directed by Diana Shuster and choreographed by Dottie Lester-White, with music direction by William Liberatore and Daniel Lockert. The performance features BFA and MFA students as well some of the Bay Area’s best musical theatre performers, including Tyler Bennett, Jorey Cantu, Sarah Griner, Gabrielle Guidi,
Lauren Herman, CV Herst, Evan Bailey Hunt, Daniel Hurst, Dean Johnson, Brienne Jones, Vincent Kang, James Kason, Jayne Kenny, Kay Kleinerman, Jesse Lofton, Jenny Matteucci, Daniel G. Norberg, Peter Welch and Laura Woodruff.

Performances are February 24, 25 and March 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m., February 26 at 7 p.m. and March 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $25 general admission and $15 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit or call 1 (800) 838-3006. For all other information please call (650) 508-3429. The NDNU Theatre is located at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont.