NEXT: New Musicals in the Making

May 1 - 18, 2014


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[one_half_last] Theater Latté Da is dedicated to presenting adventurous musical theater. We aim to create new connections between story, music, artist and audience while exploring and expanding the art form.

NEXT: New Musicals in the Making—is our new work series that showcases three new musicals in various stages of development. Each of the three workshops will culminate in three public performances followed by a post-show discussion. These discussions provide audience members the opportunity to give immediate feedback and “get in on the ground floor” of the creative process.


  1. Take in  a workshop.
  2. Stay afterwards for a discussion with members of the cast and creative team to share your thoughts and ideas.
  3. If you're up for it, see it again on another day...or see a different workshop.

This year’s series includes workshop readings of the musicals The End of September by Minneapolis-based writer Aaron Gabriel, Horizon by New York-based writers Chip Klose and Michael Holland, and a musical comedy improv Some Assembly Required featuring local artists from Comedy Sportz and Huge Improv. Theater Latté Da Artistic Director Peter Rothstein will direct both The End of September and Horizon with Music Direction by Barbara Brooks and Denise Prosek, respectively.

Single tickets are available for $12.

The End of September Book, Music and Lyrics by Aaron Gabriel Directed by Peter Rothstein Music Direction by Barbara Brooks

Featuring music inspired by hymns and folk songs of Ojibwe, Scandinavian and American traditions, The End of September is a moving portrait about the bonds of friendship and family. In this contemporary re-telling of the Old Testament story about the relationship between King David and his boyhood friend Jonathan, a small town grapples with a friendship that they don’t understand.

Featuring: Janet Hansen, Bear Brummel, Laurie Flanigan-Hegge, Alan Sorenson, Caleb Craig, Jake Waid, Eric Vollen and Erin Capello

Performance Dates/Times: Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Some Assembly RequiredAn improvised musical Featuring: artists from ComedySportz and Huge Improv: Jill Bernard, Madde Gibba, Brian Kelly, Doug Neithercott and Michael Ritchie with Musical Direction by Todd Price.

Some Assembly Required brings together some of the hottest Twin Cities improv comedians working with audience suggestions to create a brand new musical in real-time. Come for one evening of spontaneous musical comedy, or come to all three nights and watch a musical develop over the course of the three performances.

Performance Dates/Times: Thursday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Horizon Book by Chip Klose Music and Lyrics by Michael Holland Directed by Peter Rothstein Music Direction by Denise Prosek

Featuring music from the southern rock and bluegrass genres, Horizon focuses on a love triangle between two brothers and the beautiful girl next door. Adapted from Eugene O'Neill's play Beyond the Horizon, this new musical is a touching story about ambition, regret, and the seemingly small spaces in between.

Featuring: Betti Battocletti, Cat Brindisi, Eric Buron, Kevin Leines and Jared Oxborough

Performance Dates/Times: Thursday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. [/one_half_last]