On a summer vacation, Margaret Johnson and her daughter, Clara, enjoy touring the Tuscan countryside. One day while sightseeing, Clara’s hat mystically lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine. This brief episode, charged with coincidence and fate, sparks an immediate and intense romance between the two young lovers.

Winner of the 2005 Tony® Award for Original Score, Leading Actress in a Musical, Orchestration, Scenic Design, Costumes and Lighting. Book by Craig Lucas with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel as based on a novella by Elizabeth Spencer.

Bootless has assemble some of the finest talent for this production including, Peabody Conservatory graduate, Kimberly Christie, as Clara Johnson, and Paul Corujo from Vulcan Lyric Opera (PA) as Frabizio Naccarelli. Rounding out the cast are local singers, Peter Campbell (Signor Naccarelli) and Andrea Arena (Signora Nacarelli) from OperaDelaware, and Daniel Urdaneta (Giuseppe Naccarelli), Marnie Karanek (Franca Naccarelli), Alicia Alaimo (Ensemble) and Caleb Duffy (Ensemble) and Jennifer Huth (Margaret Johnson).

“…it’s impossible to shake the realization that the show, above all, belongs to Guettel…who has provided here music and lyrics nearly operatic in scope. The score counts among its offerings elaborate counterpoint ensembles (there’s a full-out octet in the second act), searing arias, and even gently pulsing Italian pop-art songs….” – Matthew Murray of Talkin’ Broadway

“Guettel’s score, with portions in Italian, is melodically inventive and at its best in songs such as Fabrizio and Clara’s ‘Passeggiata’ and Margaret’s ‘Dividing Day,’ which vividly convey the conflict embodied in the musical, the tug-of-war between passion and caution.” – Peter Marks of The Washington Post

Stage Director, Rosanne DellAversano, reimagines the production with a setting of 1980’s while Music Director, James W. Fuerst, brings Guettel’s music to life with a small chamber ensemble of five musicians.

Sponsored in part by The Societá da Vinci.

Friday, November 6 @ 8:00pm – PREVIEW SHOW
Saturday, November 7 @ 8:00pm – PREVIEW SHOW
Friday, November 13 @ 8:00pm – OPENING NIGHT
Saturday, November 14 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, November 15 @ 3:00pm
Thursday, November 19 @ 7:30pm
Friday, November 20 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, November 21 @ 8:00pm

Tickets: $22 Online / $25 At-The-Door

Use the code ITALY at the beginning of ticket purchase to reveal $10 Preview Show tickets.

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Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford

Patricia Bradford holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She has performed, directed and produced theatre throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Ms. Bradford is founder and Managing Artistic Director of Bare Stage Theatre. Leading STAGE Magazine has become a consuming passion - one which combines her many artistic skills, theatrical contacts, web development and digital marketing abilities. She is thrilled to be carrying on the vision that was begun by Holley Webster over 30 years ago, and leading STAGE to new levels of success.

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