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Caroline Sheen and Lucy Schaufer

From Florence to Leicester

The European premiere of The Light In Piazza kicks off at Leicester's Curve Theatre. Hear from two actors from the award-winning musical play from Broadway.

Following critical acclaim on Broadway, the six-time Tony Award- winning musical, The Light in the Piazza now comes to Leicester.

It's a first for the UK and Europe and has already geared a lot of hype in the theatre world.

Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas' musical is set to grace centre stage from next month.

The production, which opens in May is directed by Paul Kerryson and is designed by George Souglides.

The cast will feature Lucy Schaufer, who plays Margaret Johnson,  Caroline Sheen, in the part of Clara and Matt Rawle, who plays love interest Fabrizio Naccarelli.

The plays is tells a story of a trip to Florence, where an innocent American girl finds love with a handsome young Italian which leads to a few home truths.

Light in the Piazza

Listen: Interview with Lucy Schaufer and Caroline Sheen

Actresses Lucy Schaufer and Caroline Sheen talk to BBC Leicester's Chris Baxter about their roles and the production.

Lucy says it's a play with a difference:

"Imagine if you will 1953, beautiful clothes and stylish suits, and going to Florence, from North Carolina.

Actress Lucy Schaufer plays the role of Margaret, Clara's mum and is originally from America. She now lives in Bath, where she has lived for nearly 15 years.

She explains her role came naturally to her as she still has hints of her American accent.

She says: "It's potentially a difficult situation, this romance, but that kind of makes it more romantic, adds Caroline, who plays Clara, the daughter.

The music and lyrics are by Adam Guettel, who's the grandson of Richard Rogers of Rogers and Hammerstein.

Bringing Florence to Leicester

This is another reason Caroline says she's so excited to be part of the production:

"The music is just some of the most beautiful music you will ever hear.

"It's romantic, it's lyrical, it's quirky, it's so atmospheric and it really aids the piece. He's a very clever man."

Lucy says the sets are stunning to see:

"George Souglides, our designer has come up with this most stunning set. The way it recreates Florence with the arches, and moving bits. The way the sunlight hits the different bits.

"It's so nice to have moved from the style that are deconstructed and blank to find something that is beautiful again."

Caroline adds the sets are pretty amazing:

"You're transported to Florence. I feel like I'm in Florence everyday and we're working very hard, but I feel like I'm in holiday."

Curve exterior in March 2008 - photo by Richard Brine


Curve Impression

Lucy explains to Chris her background is opera, but says her interest has always been new music.

She says: "It's so exciting to be working with a living composer and that's what I have always love and that is why I am so committed to this project."

Chris asked both actors what they thought about Leicester's new Curve theatre. Where they impressed with it?

Lucy says she's been bowled over: "It's brilliant, talk about bravery! It's not a box, it's something that turns architecture on it's ear. It's turns it inside out and makes it accessible."

Caroline adds to her sentiment: "I came here to see the production of the Pillowman and I couldn't quite believe what I was seeing. You can see the dressing room and you can wardrobe, everything is visible to you."

The Light in the Piazza runs from April 30 - May 23, 2009.

last updated: 21/04/2009 at 13:18
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