Victoria Clark received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her luminous portrayal of mother Margaret Johnson in Adam Guettel's "Light in the Piazza." She delighted audiences as Smitty in the 1995 revival of "How to Succeed in Business"; made a splash in "Titanic" when she created the role of Alice Beane, a second-class passenger with first-class dreams; appeared as Penelope Pennywise in "Urinetown" and Fraulein Kost in Sam Mendes s revival of "Cabaret"; and starred as Sally Durant Plummer in the Encores! production of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies." Her debut album, FIFTEEN SECONDS OF GRACE, is a blend of Broadway standards, contemporary fare, and a few art songs -- fully orchestrated: soulful, bewitching and exhilarating.
Like a shimmering pearl, The Light in the Piazza emerged from a sea of revivals, rehashings, and movie adaptations to secure 11 2005 Tony nominations, including Best Musical. Based on an Elizabeth Spencer novella (which was also made into a 1962 film), it follows a mother, Margaret (Victoria Clark), and her daughter, Clara (Kelli O'Hara), as they take a vacation to Italy. There, Clara and a young Italian (Matthew Morrison) fall in love, but Margaret is determined to keep them apart.