The Light in the Piazza is a musical with a book by Craig Lucas and music and lyrics by Adam Guettel. Based on a novella by Elizabeth Spencer, the story is set in the 1950s and revolves around Margaret Johnson, a wealthy Southern woman and Clara, her daughter who is developmentally disabled due to an unfortunate encounter with her birthday pony. The two spend a summer together in Italy. When Clara falls in love with a young Italian man, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara's future, but her own deep seated hopes and regrets as well.
The show transferred to Broadway after a successful run at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, opening at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on March 17, 2005.
The original cast featured Kelli O'Hara, Matthew Morrison, and Victoria Clark. Towards the end of its extended run, it was announced that the show will be broadcast live on television as part of PBS' Live from Lincoln Center. The show was then presented live on June 15, 2006 with one repeat broadcast on June 16.
Due to right agreements made with Live From Lincoln Center, the show was made not available to purchase following the initial June 2016 broadcast on the network.