Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the London premiere of Broadway musical The Light In The Piazza at the Royal Festival Hall. Perry gets goosebumps from the beauty and style of the show and has the added bonus of catching up with several members of the cast afterwards including Dove Cameron, Rob Houchen, Celinde Schoenmaker and Liam Tamne. Oh and did we mention that he bumped into Tony Award-winner Ben Platt too?
Leading the cast of The Light In The Piazza, running at the Royal Festival Hall until 5 July 2019, are four-time Grammy winner and Tony nominee Renée Fleming, making her London musical theatre debut as Margaret Johnson, and Disney Film and Emmy-winning TV star Dove Cameron who is also making her UK debut as Margaret’s troubled daughter Clara. Dove is best known for her role in Disney’s The Descendants trilogy.
They are joined by Alex Jennings (Signor Naccarelli), Rob Houchen (Clara’s suitor, Fabrizio Naccarelli), Celinde Schoenmaker (Franca Naccarelli), Malcolm Sinclair (Margaret’s husband and Clara’s father Roy Johnson) and Marie McLaughlin (Fabrizio’s mother Signora Naccarelli). Playing Fabrizio’s brother Giuseppe is Liam Tamne.
The talented ensemble includes Simbi Akande, Danny Becker, Jordan Castle, Nicholas Duncan, Chlöe Hart, Molly Lynch, Rhona McGregor, Tom Partridge, Monica Swayne and Matthew Woodyatt. Based on the novella by Elizabeth Spencer, The Light in the Piazza is written by Craig Lucas, with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel. The production is directed by multiple Olivier Award-winner Daniel Evans.