(Minneapolis/St. Paul) — Theater Latté Da announced today the cast for C., book and lyrics by Bradley Greenwald, music by Robert Elhai. This musical adaptation of the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand is being developed as part of NEXT: New Musicals in the Making, a major new work program to develop new musical theater in the Twin Cities. C. features Bradley Greenwald as Cyrano. The talented cast also includes Laurel Armstrong, Lauren Asheim, Patrick Bailey, Sean Dooley, Elizabeth Griffith, Josiah Gulden, Reid Harmsen, Eric Heimsoth, Kim Kivens, John Middleton, David Roberts, and Max Wojtanowicz.
Public readings of C. will take place April 19-21 at The Lab Theater in the Minneapolis Warehouse District.
C. will be the second work presented at NEXT. Greenwald is one of the Twin Cities most cherished performers and was a key writer in the opera work of Theatre de la Jeune Lune. Elhai is a prolific film composer and orchestrator based in the Twin Cities. He was nominated for a Tony and a Drama Desk award for his orchestrations for The Lion King on Broadway.
Greenwald says, “We drown in an ocean of words that are talked, typed, texted, tweeted, twisted and turned to the breaking point of losing all meaning, and thereby their truth and beauty. This new adaptation of Edmond Rostand's great play reminds us of the power of language, and of one of its greatest champions.”
NEXT will provide Twin Cities’ audiences the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the creative process and witness new musicals in the making. Peter Rothstein, Theater Latté Da Artistic Director, sits on the board of directors of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and has been highly involved in their festival of new musicals. NEXT enters Theater Latté Da into this national arena and fulfills the organization’s commitment to the next generation of the American Musical Theater.
Rothstein says, “I have been attending and assessing new work festivals for a number of years. I believe NEXT will put playwrights, composers and lyricists at the center of the process and engage our audience as a key collaborator. It’s a thrilling step for the company.”
ABOUT THEATER LATTÉ DA
Theater Latté Da is a Twin Cities theater company recognized for its ability to connect story, music, artist and audience through diverse stories and theatrical innovation. Theater Latté Da specializes in advancing the art of musical storytelling through emotional, visceral and intellectual performances that resonate with our current world. The company’s bold approach expands the genre by originating new works, radically reinventing classics from the musical theater canon, and experimenting with unusual forms, musical styles and storytelling techniques. www.LatteDa.org
NEXT: NEW MUSICALS IN THE MAKING AT A GLANCE
WHEN THE MOON HITS YOUR EYE by Jon Marans April 12-14, 2013
C. Book & Lyrics by Bradley Greenwald Music by Robert Elhai Adapted from the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand April 19-21, 2013
BESSIE’S BIRTHDAY Book & Lyrics by Katie Baldwin Eng Music by Jeff Tang April 26-28, 2013
April 12-28, 2013 Fridays – Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 2:00 p.m.
Single tickets are $14.
The Lab Theater 700 North First Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 Box Office: 612-339-3003 LatteDa.org
The musicals being presented as part of NEXT are works in progress and not fully-realized productions. As such, reviewer tickets will not be available. For more information, please call 612-339-3003 or visit www.LatteDa.org.