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|Adam Guettel, Victoria Clark, Kelli O'Hara|
The Light in the Piazza (2005 Original Broadway Cast)
Genres: Country, World Music, Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
The Light in the Piazza is arguably one of the most highly anticipated theatrical events of the decade for serious Broadway theatergoers. The Los Angeles Times has already declared its creator, Nonesuch artist Adam Guettel... more »
The Light in the Piazza is arguably one of the most highly anticipated theatrical events of the decade for serious Broadway theatergoers. The Los Angeles Times has already declared its creator, Nonesuch artist Adam Guettel, "a composer for the new century," on the strength of his two Off-Broadway productions, the 1996 Obie-Award winning "folk musical" Floyd Collins and the 1998 song cycle, Myths and Hymns, TIME has described him as "a startlingly original songwriter." Few theatrical composers have been watched as closely as Guettel, and few musicals in the course of their development have generated so much substantial press or been praised so highly on the road as The Light in the Piazza. Both the New Yorker and The New York Times magazine devoted in-depth coverage to the evolution of Guettel?s sophisticated, deeply moving score. New Yorker critic John Lahr decided,"Guettel?s kind of talent cannot be denied. He shouldn?t change for Broadway; Broadway, if it is to survive as a creative theatrical force, should change for him."
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This is what musical theatre is about...
Eliza Poehlman | 05/24/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When we have to suffer through a Broadway season that includes the likes of Dracula and Good Vibrations, The Light in the Piazza is HOPE. Adam Guettel's score is the best in YEARS, and this recording is breathtaking. While not perfect (some of the songs don't quite work and the lyrics can become a bit general), the music moves in such intricate and beautiful ways. The orchestrations (with great string parts and a little guitar sneaked in there) are BEAUTIFUL; sadly, no recording could give justice to the experience of hearing those orchestrations in the real space.
Plus, there are many noteworthy performances. Victoria Clark's voice has so much character and emotion, Kelli O'Hara just floats through those notes like it's nothing, and Matthew Morrison does such a great job with a difficult score that calls for him to sing an Italian aria, and it's so funny to think that this is the same guy who starred in Hairspray :)
The CD is a MUST HAVE; if you don't know Adam Guettel you need to get acquainted. He is the new voice of musical theatre.
Mr. Guettel brings rare wonder to the musical stage! Superb!
Jana L. Perskie | New York, NY USA | 06/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Adam Guettel's soaring melodies and passionate, romantic lyrics combine to make "The Light In The Piazza's" score one of the most stunning I have heard in ages. Mr. Guettel's work brings rare wonder to the musical stage. It almost belongs in a genre of its own. Certainly, his contemporary score is not recognizable in any of your mother's Broadway show tunes, nor is it quite opera. This extraordinary album, featuring the original cast, was released recently by Nonesuch Records. I immediately bought a CD and have listened to it repeatedly over the last weeks. Beautifully arranged and orchestrated by the composer, with Ted Sperling and Bruce Coughlin, the more you listen to "The Light In The Piazza," with its swirling sound of strings and harp, and slight dissonances, the more you want to hear.
Based on the novella by Elizabeth Spenser, the musical is set primarily in Florence, Italy, in the summer of 1953. Margaret Johnson, (Victoria Clark), is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara, ((Kelli O'Hara). While sightseeing, beautiful, young Clara meets Fabrizio Naccarelli, (Matthew Morrison), a handsome, spirited Florentine. Her hat is blown off by a gust wind and the young man recovers it for her. Fate sounds a chord, romance resonates. The protective Mrs. Johnson is determined to keep the two lovers apart. Clara is not all she appears to be at first glimpse, and her mother is finding this increasingly difficult to keep secret.
Silver-voiced, Mrs. Johnson, (the magnificent Ms.Clark), reflects on her empty marriage in the heartbreaking "Dividing Day," a song in the first act which is one of my favorites. Another major highlight is her poignant closing number, "Fable." Throughout, the music and lyrics eloquently articulate the actors' feelings. Kelli O'Hara's radiant version of "The Light in the Piazza" and the gorgeous love duet between O'Hara and Morrison, "Say It Somehow" provide absolutely memorable moments. The young couple struggle with a language barrier, and Mr. Morrison's receives my kudos for the way he communicates in broken English....and, of course, in song. His talent is so evident as his voice, time and time again, soars to the proverbial rafters. The CD offers some fantastic group numbers also.
I cannot write enough good things about this album. I can only promise that if you listen, and let the glorious music speak for itself, you will be more than satisfied.
The most brilliant show to grace broadway in YEARS
Betty | 05/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Light in the Piazza is incredible. Guettel's score is outstandingly beautiful. There is not one song on this recording not worth listening to over and over again.
Guettel said in an interview that the goal of this show was to make people feel as if they were in Italy, in the piazza, and in love. Although this obviously works better in the theater, (Definitely worth $100 dollars to see-even the best recording could not emulate the beauty of the production-go see it, you'll be glad you did) the recording captures this feeling incredibly.
The orchestrations are lush and full, absolutely stunning. Despite being musical theatre, Piazza's musical style borders on modern opera, with classical Italian influences.
The story is not your average romance. It is complex and intricate. It examines all of the main characters' views of love, some jaded and weary, others young and hopeful.
Performances given are wonderful. Victoria Clark, especially, is brilliant in her role. Her voice soars, and her emotion overwhelms. Kelli O'Hara's beautiful voice is exactly what Guettel's music needs to satisfy it. Matthew Morrison is also extremely good- as is the entire remainder of the cast.
As the previous reviewer said, this show gives hope for the future of musical theatre. This is the kind of show to revive broadway- and Guettel is the composer to do it.
There are two words to describe the show: INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL."