Renee Fleming and Dove Cameron to star in London premiere of The Light in the Piazza
Tony award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza has been announced as the debut show of a new production company set up by English National Opera’s former boss.
Opera singer Renee Fleming and actor Dove Cameron will both make their London stage debuts in the production, playing mother and daughter Margaret and Clara Johnson.
Fleming said: “For my London theatre debut, to play Margaret Johnson — a fascinating, deeply human character whose predicament I find incredibly moving — was an opportunity I couldn’t resist.”
The musical will have its London premiere at the Southbank Centre, running for 20 performances from June 14 to July 5, 2019, with press night on June 18.
It is produced by Scenario Two, a new musical production company set up by the former artistic director of ENO John Berry and creative industries expert Anthony Lilley.
Berry said: “The score of The Light in the Piazza is sensational and we are thrilled that audiences will hear this London premiere in a new expanded version for full symphony orchestra.
“By bringing together a cast from different genres we hope to appeal to a wide audience and make this limited run of performances a must see event before it travels to the USA.”
The Light in the Piazza will be performed with Opera North’s orchestra, conducted by Kimberley Grigsby.
It has a book by Craig Lucas, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel and is directed by Chichester Festival Theatre artistic director Daniel Evans.
Following its London premiere, The Light in the Piazza will tour major venues in North America and Australia.