August 21–30, 2015

2015 SEASON

CAST

Clara Johnson
Fabrizio Naccarelli
Margaret Johnson
Signor Naccarelli
Franca Naccarelli
Giuseppe Naccarelli
Signora Naccarelli
Richard Kenzie
Ensemble
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REVIEWS FOR THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA

Stage review: Passionate 'Light in the Piazza' brings the heat

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sharon Eberson

August 23, 2015

The dog days of summer in Pittsburgh are bringing the heat, both outdoors and onstage at the New Hazlett Theater, where “The Light in the Piazza” is burning with the passion of fresh-faced and veteran actors feasting on a bounty of juicy roles.

Get ready to say a warm benvenuto to Joshua Grosso, the rising senior at Carnegie Mellon University who won the 2012 Jimmy Award as the top male in the national high school musical theater competition. He is perfectly cast as Fabrizio, a 20-year-old Italian overcome by first love. The young actor posses a magnetic energy and a tenor to make young girls like Clara, the object of Fabrizio’s affections, swoon.

Review: Lovely performances bring 'Piazza' to life

Tribune Review, Alice T. Carter

August 24, 2016

“The Light in the Piazza” is a musical drama that can't quite make up its mind.

When Becki Toth's Margaret is singing near-arias, such as “Dividing Day” or “Fable,” or when Antoinia Botti-Lodovico's Franca lends her full voice to “The Joy You Feel,” it's an opera.

But when the young lovers Fabrizio and Clara, played by Joshua Grosso and Lindsay Bayer, perform the duets “Passeggiata” and “Say it Somehow,” it feels like a traditional musical about young lovers.

Maybe it's best not to worry over definitions and boundaries, but just give ourselves over to the truly lovely performances in this lovingly created production from Front Porch Theatricals.

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