Friday, October 4, 2019

review - THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA - ASU Music Theatre and Opera

Kathlynn Rodin and Mary Ott
Photo by Tim Trumble
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through October 6 

The Light in the Piazza is an emotionally rich musical that focuses on the lengths a mother goes in order to protect, while also ensuring the happiness of, her daughter. Arizona State University Music Theatre and Opera presents a wonderful production of this Tony-winning musical with an exceptional cast, beautiful creative elements, and assured direction that derive both passion and pathos from the heartbreaking and heartwarming story....ASU's production is beautifully sung with impressive acting by the entire cast under Robert Kolby Harper's perceptive and confident direction. Mary Ott does an amazing job in depicting why Margaret is so fiercely protective of her daughter. ...When Ott delivers her final song, "Fable," it is easy to feel the pain and suffering Margaret has gone through over the years to constantly chaperone Clara away from any hint of disappointment and the emotional toll it's taken on her for doing so. As the childlike Clara, Kathlynn Rodin beautifully evokes a vibrant young woman who longs for love and a connection with those around her.... Rodin navigates her way through the wide-ranging emotions of the character with ease. Her solo of "The Light in the Piazza" is elegant and introspective. With a gorgeous singing voice, Jacob Herrera delivers Fabrizio's songs with a beautiful clarity, instilling charm and excitability in this young man...ASU’s production is superb” -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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