THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA at South Coast Repertory Theater

Bob Verini –   Arts in LA

The Light in the Piazza’s cross-cultural love story, in which red-state Americans fall victim to the allure of Florence circa the early 1950s, is musically alluring, although helmer Kent Nicholson eschews the glamorous spectacle that characterized Bartlett Sher’s Broadway original. With the NY chorus halved, and musical director Dennis Castellano strongly marshaling a pared-down orchestra, Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel’s romantic passeggiata is brought closer to its more modest roots in its long-ago Seattle premiere. Read more…

Now running through February 23.