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University of Mississippi



Tickets on sale now for The Light in the Piazza!

Friday, November 19 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 21 at 3:00 pm

Click here to purchase tickets online, or call 662-915-7411 to contact the UM Box Office by phone.

Both shows are on the main stage at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, located at 351 University Avenue in Oxford.





About the show

The Light in the Piazza is a Tony award-winning musical based on the novel of the same name by Mississippi writer Elizabeth Spencer.

Join us November 19th and 21st to experience the beauty of this remarkable show. The Light in the Piazza’s rich emotional score makes it notable among recent Broadway musicals. Unapologetically lyrical and romantic, it transports us to the 1950s world of Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara, Americans abroad in Florence. When a fateful gust of wind introduces Clara to handsome young Italian Fabrizio Nacarelli, it’s love at first sight.

But Clara isn’t quite what she appears, and this story of how Clara, Margaret, Fabrizio, and Signor Nacarelli negotiate emotion, love, hope, and clashing cultures – and the musical score that underpins their extraordinary journey – results in an unforgettable show that won six Tony awards.

The Light in the Piazza is presented by the UM Opera Theatre at the University of Mississippi Department of Music and its partners in celebration of Spencer’s 100th birthday year. Tickets are available at or by calling 662-915-7411.

Starring Mary Donnelly Haskell in the role of Margaret, with LA producer/director Blake McIver Ewing directing.

And . . .

This November 3-5, join us on the campus of the University of Mississippi for public programs featuring the show’s composer and lyricist, Adam Guettel, grandson of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Richard Rodgers. Guettel himself won two of Piazza’s six Tony awards, and in a series of public lectures and interviews, he will talk about his work and Spencer’s novel, the composition process, his repertoire and family legacy, and the musical’s place in music theatre and Broadway history.

Mr. Guettel’s residency is presented by the University of Mississippi Department of Music and is made possible by support from the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the University Lecture Series, the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, and the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies.


UM Opera Theatre Artist in Residence:
Blake McIver Ewing


UM Opera Theatre and the UM Department of Music
are thrilled to announce the Fall 2021 residency of
guest artist Blake McIver Ewing.

Ewing will direct UM Opera Theatre’s production of
The Light in the Piazza, November 19 and 21, 2021.

Read about Blake here.