Season 19 | 2016-2017

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Ragtime

Sept 21 – Oct 23, 2016 | The Ritz Theater
345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis MN 55413

Book by Terrence McNally • Music by Stephen Flaherty • Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens • Based on the novel "Ragtime" by E. L. Doctorow • Directed by Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Choreography by Kelli Foster Warder

Featuring Sasha Andreev, David Murray, Britta Ollmann, and Traci Allen Shannon

It's the turn-of-the-century, everything is changing and anything is possible. Based on E.L. Doctorow's landmark novel, Ragtime is set in the volatile melting pot of New York City. Three distinct American stories are woven together—a determined Jewish immigrant, a daring Harlem musician, and a stifled woman of privilege united by their courage, compassion and belief in a better tomorrow. Together they confront what it means to be an American at the dawn of a new century. With a compelling book by Terrence McNally and a glorious score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, Ragtime was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and was awarded Best Book and Best Score.


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A Christmas Carole Petersen

Nov 30 – Dec 23, 2016 | Ritz Theater Opening Night: Dec. 3, 2016

345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis MN 55413

Written by Tod Petersen and Peter Rothstein • Directed by Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek

Featuring Tod Petersen

Carole's back... and she's ready to deck the halls!  The celebrated holiday comedy returns after an eight-year hiatus. There's no denying the power of the holidays to bring out the best and worst in all of us. Acclaimed storyteller Tod Petersen reflects on the yuletide season with his family in Mankato, Minnesota, and pays particular tribute to the show's namesake—his mother Carole. Join us for the long-awaited return of this hilarious and heartwarming Latté Da original.


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All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

Dec 15 –  Dec 18, 2016 | Pantages Theatre
Opening Night: December 15, 2016

710 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Written by Peter Rothstein • Musical Arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach • Directed by Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Erick Lichte

Don't miss the tenth anniversary of this award-winning, Theater Latté Da original that has been seen and heard around the globe. This moving work captures an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together by trading carols, sharing food and drink, playing soccer and burying the dead. Poetry, diary entries, official war documents and letters home are woven together with iconic World War I songs, patriotic tunes and European Christmas carols to create a truly unique and profound theatrical event.


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Peter and the Starcatcher

Feb 1 – Feb 26, 2017 | Ritz Theater
Opening Night: Feb. 4, 2017

345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis MN 55413

Written by Rick Elice • Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson • Music by Wayne Barker • Directed by Joel Sass • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Choreography by Carl Flink

Featuring Megan Burns and Tyler Michaels

Let your imagination soar in this swashbuckling Peter Pan prequel for grown-ups. Based on the bestselling novel, this fantastical comedy explores how a Victorian street urchin (Tyler Michaels) ultimately becomes The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. Follow the nameless orphan and his ambitious friend Molly (Megan Burns) as they protect the world from a greedy band of pirates. Winner of five Tony Awards, Peter and the Starcatcher is a theatrical tour de force! Award-winning director and Scenic Designer Joel Sass helms this wildly imaginative story of unbreakable friendship that places child-like wonder at the heart of grown-up theater.


Six Degrees of Separation

March 8- April 15, 2017 | The Ritz Theater
Opening Night: March 11, 2017

Written by John Guare • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Featuring: Mark Benninghofen, Sally Wingert, and JuCoby Johnson

Inspired by the real-life con artist David Hampton, this witty and sincere social commentary wrestles with the human desire for meaningful connection. Paul, a young black man, convinces wealthy white New York couple Ouisa and Flan Kittredge that he is the son of Sidney Poitier. Enraptured by his intellect and charm, the couple invite him to stay the night. However, Paul's ruse is soon undone leading to discoveries which leave them all forever changed. Nominated for four Tony awards, Six Degrees of Separation is a singular tragicomedy on race, class, and manners. Peter Rothstein directs a stellar cast of actors and musicians who inhabit and underscore John Guare’s riveting drama. This production contains full-frontal male nudity, strong language, and adult situations.


NEXT Festival

Summer 2017  |  Ritz Theater and The Playwright’s Center

NEXT is Theater Latté Da’s New Work Festival showcasing three works that stretch the boundaries of musical storytelling. Each show in the Festival receives public performances providing audience members the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the creative process. Following each performance is an in-depth conversation with the playwrights, composers and lyricists. Be a part of Theater Latté Da’s commitment to the next generation of the Great American Musical.


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

September 23 - Nov 1, 2015 | The Ritz Theater

Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim  •  Book by Hugh Wheeler • From an adaptation by Christopher Bond  •  Directed by Peter Rothstein •  Music Direction by Denise Prosek   •  Featuring Sally Wingert as Mrs. Lovett, Tyler Michaels as Tobias Ragg and Mark Benninghofen as Sweeney Todd

"He shaved the faces of gentlemen, who never thereafter were heard of again."

Stephen Sondheim’s bloody, worldwide success, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is the story of an unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop. Together they plot a delicious plan with deadly consequences. Don’t miss this tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat that has simultaneously shocked and delighted audiences across the world. Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Sweeney Todd is Sondheim at his very best.


All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

December 16 - 20, 2015  |  Pantages Theatre

By Peter Rothstein • Music Arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach • Directed by Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Erick Lichte

“What would happen I wonder, if the armies suddenly and simultaneously went on strike?”

The Western Front. Christmas. 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German solider steps into No Man’s Land Singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music and peace. This moving piece recreates an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together by trading carols, sharing food and drink, playing soccer and burying the dead. In some places the truce lasted only a night, in others it endured until New Year’s Day. This dramatic re-telling contains poetry, diary entries, war documents and letters written by thirty World War I figures brought to life by 12 actors and singers. The historic documents are interspersed with iconic World War I songs and European carols.

A co-production with Hennepin Theatre Trust


Lullaby

January 13 - Feburary 7, 2016 | The Ritz Theater
World Premiere

A play with music by Michael Elyanow  • Featuring Music and Lyrics by Garrison Starr, Chris DallmanCurt Schneider and Michael Elyanow  •  Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen •  Music Direction by Peter Morrow  •  Featuring Adelin Phelps, Annie Enneking, David Darrow and James Eckhouse

"I can't have my boy growing up thinking that when someone you love dies, they take the music with them."

In hopes of learning to play lullabies for her infant son, a widowed young mother seeks guitar lessons from a once almost-famous rocker. As the two very different women bond over tricky chords and haunted pasts, a hilarious and moving story of friendship and forgiveness emerges. Lullaby is a new play with alternative rock music that’s powerful and absolutely beautiful. In addition to original music from Michael Elyanow, the production features the music of national recording artists Garrison Starr and Chris Dallman.


GYPSY

February 13 - March 13, 2016 | Pantages Theatre

Book by Arthur Laurents • Music by Jule Styne • Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim •  Directed by Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek •  Choreography by Michael Matthew Ferrell   •  Featuring Michelle Barber, Cat Brindisi, Tyler Michaels and Tod Petersen
Suggested by memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee

Strippers! Showstoppers! Stage Mothers! Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust return for the fourth year of Broadway Re-Imagined with the great American musical Gypsy. Set during the collapse of vaudeville and the rise of burlesque, Gypsy is the story of famed burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee and Momma Rose, the stage mother who steamrolls everyone in her way, propelling her daughters to stardom. Gypsy features an incredible score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, including the legendary songs “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” “Let Me Entertain You” and of course, “Rose’s Turn.”

A co-production with Hennepin Theatre Trust


C.

March 30 – May 1, 2016  | The Ritz Theater

WORLD PREMIERE

Book & Lyrics by Bradley Greenwald • Music by Robert Elhai • Directed by Peter Rothstein • Musical Direction by Jason Hansen  Adapted from the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand •  Featuring David Darrow, Bradley Greenwald, and Kendall Anne Thompson

“Let your song be known. May the melody be beautiful, and the poetry always your own.”

We conclude our mainstage season with the world premiere of the new musical C. Cyrano is a brash, strong-willed man of many talents. He’s a remarkable poet and a consummate musician who is deeply in love with the beautiful and intellectual Roxane. However, he is plagued with persisting self-doubt because of his extremely prominent proboscis. Bradley Greenwald and Robert Elhai’s new musical adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s great play, Cyrano de Bergerac, reminds us of the power of language and gives new voice to one of its greatest champions.


NEXT

May 5 - May 23, 2016

NEXT is Theater Latté Da’s New Work Festival showcasing three pieces that stretch the boundaries of musical storytelling. Each piece in the Festival receives three public performances providing audience members the opportunity to “get in on the ground floor” of the creative process. Click "Explore" to see the pieces in the 2016 NEXT Festival.

 

Season 17 | 2014-2015

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Master Class

October 8 - November 9, 2014  |  MacPhail Center for Music

By Peter Rothstein and Dan Chouinard • Music Direction by Dan Chouinard •Directed byPeter Rothstein

By Terrence McNally • Directed by Peter Rothstein • Featuring Sally Wingert• Music Direction by Andrew Bourgoin

Master Class is a fictionalized account of the series of classes the glamorous and commanding Maria Callas, the most influential vocal artist of the 20th century, instructed on the art of performing opera. In these classes Callas coaches the students while sharing recollections about the glories and struggles of her own life and career, including stories about her affair with the formidable Aristotle Onassis. Through a partnership with the MacPhail Center for Music, Master Class will be staged in MacPhail’s Antonello Hall.


All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

December 17 - 21, 2014  |  Pantages Theatre

By Peter Rothstein • Music Arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach • Directed by Peter Rothstein

A co-production of Cantus, Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust.

The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man's Land singing "Stille Nacht." Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words of the men who lived it.


OLIVER!

February 4 - March 1, 2015  |  Pantages Theatre

Book, Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart • Directed by Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Choreography by Michael Matthew Ferrell • Featuring Bradley Greenwald

A co-production of Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust.

In this poignant, extraordinary tale with a twist, Director Peter Rothstein brings Charles Dickens’ vivid characters to life with iconic songs like “Consider Yourself,” “Food, Glorious Food” and “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two.”


Into the Woods

March 4 - March 29, 2015  |  The Ritz Theater

Book by James Lapine • Music and Lyrics by Sondheim • Directed by Peter Rothstein
Music Direction by Jason Hansen • Featuring Greta Oglesby and David Darrow

Into the Woods is an epic musical that incorporates the classic Brothers Grimm fairytales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker, his wife and the witch who has cursed them. In this contemporary twist on the beloved classics, Director Peter Rothstein sets Sondheim's fairytale mashup in a Bavarian beer garden with ten actors who take on more than two-dozen characters in this highly theatrical tour-de-force!


NEXT: New Musicals in the Making

April 30 - May 16, 2015   |   The Ritz Theater

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.

This year’s series includes workshop readings of the musicals Lullaby with book by Michael Elyanow and music & lyrics by Jonatha Brooke & Michael Elyanow, The Last Queen of Canaan with book by Harrison David Rivers, music by Jacob Yandura, lyrics by Rebekah Greer Melocik and directed by Theater Latté Da's Peter Rothstein. The final musical, Stu for Silverton, is written by Peter Duchan, with music & lyrics by Breedlove and direction by Andrew Russell.


Season 16 | 2013-2014

Steerage Song

September 25 - October 20, 2013  |  The Lab Theater

By Peter Rothstein and Dan Chouinard • Music Direction by Dan Chouinard •Directed byPeter Rothstein

Ellis Island was the gateway to America — a land of opportunity for some, a land of exclusion for others. 5,000 immigrants a day passed through this “Island of Hope, Island of Tears.” Packed into the steerage of steamships, they left their homelands with few possessions but a wealth of hope, promise and music. Steerage Song is a musical kaleidoscope of their journey to America. Steerage Song premiered in concert form at the Fitzgerald Theater in 2011; creators Peter Rothstein and Dan Chouinard have continued to develop the docu-musical, blending the songs of 20 countries of Old Europe and the rhythms of Tin Pan Alley into a moving, fully-staged, new musical.

World Premiere


All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

December 19-22, 2013 | Pantages Theatre

By Peter Rothstein • Music Arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach • Directed by Peter Rothstein

A co-production of Cantus, Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust.

The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man's Land singing "Stille Nacht." Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words of the men who lived it.


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Cabaret

January 15 – February 9, 2014 | Pantages Theatre

710 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403 | Running time: 2.5 hours including a 15 minute intermission Book by Joe Masteroff • Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood • Music by John Kander • Lyrics by Fred Ebb • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Choreography by Michael Matthew Ferrell • Directed by Peter Rothstein

A co-production of Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust.

There was a Cabaret and there was a Master-of-Ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany and it was the end of the world... Broadway Re-Imagined returns to the Pantages Theatre with a dynamic and provocative staging of Kander & Ebb’s groundbreaking musical, CABARET. Produced by Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust, CABARET is directed by the nationally acclaimed Peter Rothstein and features Sally Wingert as Fräulein Schneider, Jim Detmar as Herr Schultz, Kira Lace Hawkins as Sally Bowles, Sean Dooley as Cliff Bradshaw and Tyler Michaels as the Emcee. Classic songs like "Willkommen," "Maybe This Time," "Money" and, of course, "Cabaret" take you inside the heart of 1930s Berlin to experience the free-spirited decadence and heartbreaking desire that is CABARET!


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Our Town

March 12 – April 6, 2014 | The Lab Theater

By Thornton Wilder • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

For 75 years Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece has played a profound role in American culture. Theater Latté Da will honor the play’s 75th anniversary with a unique production. A multi-cultural cast of actor musicians become the citizens of Grover’s Corners as they fall in love, marry, confront mortality and all the while make music. Wilder's profound look at ordinary people living ordinary lives has never been more extraordinary. Theater Latte Da's production will include musical interludes by American masters of popular song such as Irving Berlin, Scott Joplin, Stephen Foster and Charles Ives.


NEXT: New Musicals in the Making

May 1 - 18, 2014

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.

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.


Season 15 | 2012-2013

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Company

October 25 - November 18, 2012|  Ordway McKnight Theatre

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim  •  Book by George Furth  •  Music Direction by Jerry Rubino •  Choreography by Michael Matthew Ferrell  •  Directed by Peter Rothstein

Company showcases Sondheim at his brilliant, witty best, including the songs Another Hundred People, Side by Side, The Ladies Who Lunch and Being Alive. The original Broadway production won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book.


All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

December 19-22, 2012 | Pantages Theatre

By Peter Rothstein • With Musical Arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach • Directed by Peter Rothstein

A co-production of Cantus, Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust.

The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man's Land singing Stille Nacht. Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.


Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida

January 3-27, 2013 | Pantages Theatre

Music by Elton John • Lyrics by Tim Rice • Book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang • Music Direction by Jason Hansen • Choreography by Michael Matthew Ferrell • Directed by Peter Rothstein

A co-production of Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust.

Aida is a contemporary spin on Giuseppe Verdi’s grand opera about love and hate, slavery and freedom, war and peace. Featuring one of the most compelling scores of the Broadway stage by the legendary Elton John (Billy Elliot, The Lion King) and Tim Rice (Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat), Aida won four Tony Awards and the Grammy for Best Musical Show Album.

Area Premiere


The Light in the Piazza

March 14 - April 7, 2013|  Ordway McKnight Theatre

Book by Craig Lucas • Music & Lyrics by Adam Guettel • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

The Light in the Piazza is a romantic tale that revolves around Margaret Johnson, a wealthy Southern woman, and her curiously innocent daughter, Clara, who spend the summer of 1953 in Florence, Italy. When Clara falls in love with Fabrizio, a young Italian man, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara’s future, but her own deep seated hopes and regrets as well. Based on a novella by Elizabeth Spencer, The Light in the Piazza won six Tony Awards in 2005 and is perhaps the most celebrated score of the past decade.


NEXT: New Musicals in the Making

April 12-28, 2013  |  The Lab Theater

Theater Latté Da capped its 15th Anniversary Season by launching a major new works initiative NEXT. The inaugural season featured three new musicals in various stages of development at The Lab Theater in Minneapolis’ historic warehouse district. 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.


Season 14 | 2011-2012

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

October 6-30, 2011 | Ordway McKnight Theatre

Music and lyrics by William Finn • Book by Rachel Scheinkin • Conceived by Rebecca Feldman • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed and Choreographed by Michael Matthew Ferrell and Peter Rothstein

This Tony Award-winning show is the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. At first blush, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee seems like a lighthearted spoof about nine students competing for the title of spelling bee champion. Look beneath the surface, however, and you will see the pains and heartaches today's students experience as they strive for academic success.

Area Premiere


All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

December 15-18, 2011 | Pantages Theatre

By Peter Rothstein • Music Arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach • Directed by Peter Rothstein

The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man's Land singing Stille Nacht. Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words of the men who lived it.

A co-production of Cantus, Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust


Beautiful Thing

February 24 - March 18, 2012 | The Lab Theater

By Jonathan Harvey • With Music of the Mamas and Papas • Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen

The emotionally charged story of two teenage boys who unexpectedly fall in love. This moving drama was a hit on London's West End before inspiring the international award-winning film of the same title.

Theater Latte Da infused the production with music of the Mamas and Papas with local favorite Erin Schwab singing Mama Cass. The stellar cast included Steven Lee Johnson, David Darrow, Jennifer Blagen, Dan Hopman, and Anna Sundberg. Jeremy B. Cohen, producing artistic director of The Playwrights' Center, made his local directing debut with Beautiful Thing as Theater Latté Da's first guest director.

Area Premiere


Spring Awakening

April 12 - May 6, 2012 | Rarig Center Stoll Thrust Theatre

Book and lyrics by Steven Sater • Music by Duncan Sheik • Based on the play by Frank Wedekind • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Choreography by Carl Flink • Directed by Peter Rothstein

A dynamic rock adaptation of Frank Wedekind's expressionist play about a group of teenagers coming of age in an uncomprehending world. Banned when the play first premiered in 1891, the contemporary musical is still provocative in its uncompromising gaze at the trials, tears, and exhilaration of the teen years.

Winner of eight Tony Awards and hailed as Best Musical of the year by The New York Times, New York Post, Star Ledger, Journal News, New York Observer and USA Today, Spring Awakening is a celebration of the rebellious imperatives of youth.

Presented in partnership with the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

Area Premiere


Season 13 | 2010-2011

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Evita

September 30 - November 14, 2010 | Ordway McKnight Theatre

Lyrics by Tim Rice • Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Choreography by Michael Matthew Ferrell • Directed by Peter Rothstein

First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón was a legend in her time. An illegitimate country girl, she rose to become the most powerful woman Latin America had ever seen — a potent symbol of hope and change. Theater Latté Da takes its innovative approach to this powerhouse telling of her brief and fascinating life.


All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

December 16-19, 2010 | Pantages Theatre

By Peter Rothstein • Music Arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach • Directed by Peter Rothstein

The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man's Land singing Stille Nacht. Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words of the men who lived it.

A co-production of Cantus, Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust


Song of Extinction

February 25 - March 20, 2011 | Guthrie Theater, Dowling Studio

by E.M. Lewis • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Max, a musically gifted high school student, is falling off the edge of the world—and his biology teacher is the only one who’s noticed. A new play about the science of life and loss, the relationships between fathers and sons, Cambodian fields, Bolivian rainforests and redemption. Winner of the prestigious Steinberg New Play Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Award for Outstanding New Play, Theater Latté Da brings the regional premiere to the Twin Cities.

Area Premiere


Steerage Song

June 2-5, 2011 | Fitzgerald Theatre

By Peter Rothstein and Dan Chouinard • Music Direction by Dan Chouinard • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Ellis Island was the gateway to America — a land of opportunity for some, a land of exclusion for others. 5,000 immigrants a day passed through this “Island of Hope, Island of Tears.” Packed into the steerage of steamships, they left their homelands with few possessions but a wealth of hope, promise and music. Steerage Song is a musical kaleidoscope of their journey to America. Peter Rothstein and Dan Chouinard have woven together a rich tapestry of immigrant songs, patriotic tunes, and the melodies of Tin Pan Alley, a tribute to the voices that created the sound of America.

World Premiere

Presented in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio


Season 12 | 2009-2010

The Full Monty

October 15 – November 8, 2009 | Ordway McKnight Theatre

Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek • Book by Terrence McNally • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Choreography by Michael Matthew Ferrell • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Based on the hit film, The Full Monty is the hilarious musical about a group of unemployed steelworkers who take drastic measures to earn some extra cash. United through unemployment and desperation, this unlikely gaggle finds renewed self-esteem and strength through honest friendship.


All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

December 17-20, 2009 | Pantages Theatre

By Peter Rothstein • With Musical Arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach • Directed by Peter Rothstein

The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing Stille Nacht. Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. Based on a remarkable true story, this world premiere features the highly acclaimed vocal ensemble Cantus.

A co-production of Cantus, Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust 


Violet

February 26 – March 21, 2010 | Guthrie Theater, Dowling Studio

Music by Jeanine Tesori • Lyrics and Book by Brian Crawley • Based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Set against the backdrop of the Deep South in the early days of the civil rights movement, Violet is an uplifting musical about a young white woman who is physically and emotionally scarred. She sets out on a journey to find a cure and along the way meets a young black solider who teaches her about beauty, courage and what it means to be an outsider. 


Season 11 | 2008-2009

Old Wicked Songs

September 12 – October 5, 2008 | Guthrie Theater, Dowling Studio

by Jon Marans • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Vienna, 1986. A young American piano sensation has lost his spark; he travels to the Old World determined to reignite his passion for music. His aging tutor is the irreverent and irresistible force determined to do so. Schumann’s poignant song cycle, the Dichterliebe, inspires this combustible duo to find common ground. An emotional journey through joy and sadness, anger and redemption, Old Wicked Songs explores the unique connection found between two cultures and two generations of musicians.


A Christmas Carole Petersen

November 28 – December 21, 2008 | Ordway McKnight Theatre

by Tod Petersen and Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

There’s no denying the power of the holidays to bring out the best and worst in all of us. Tod Petersen, acclaimed for this hilarious and moving performance, reflects on the yuletide season with his family and in particular the show’s namesake — his mother Carole.


All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

December 18-21, 2008 | Pantages Theatre

By Peter Rothstein • Music Arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach • Directed by Peter Rothstein

The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing Stille Nacht. Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. Based on a remarkable true story, this world premiere features the highly acclaimed vocal ensemble Cantus.

A co-production of Cantus, Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust


Passage of Dreams

March 19 – April 5, 2009 | Southern Theater

Book and Lyrics by Katie Baldwin Eng • Music by Jeff Tang • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Theater Latté Da takes musical theater to new heights—literally—presenting the world premiere of three one-act aerial musicals. A quirky, compelling, luscious feast for eyes and ears, combining the art of musical theater with the physical artistry of trapeze and aerial choreography.

World Premiere


Season 10 | 2007-2008

La Bohème

October 25 – November 18, 2007 | Southern Theater

Music by Giacomo Puccini • Libretto by Luigi Illica and Guiseppe Giacosa • Orchestration by Joseph Schlefke • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

A return engagement of Theater Latté Da’s innovative, award-winning staging of one of the world’s best-loved operas. La Bohème is a timeless story about a group of young artists who find love, laughter and meaning in the face of adversity. Featuring the new orchestration for Parisian street instruments by Joseph Schlefke.

Performed in Italian with English subtitles


A Christmas Carole Petersen

December 7-29, 2007 | Ordway McKnight Theatre

by Tod Petersen and Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

There’s no denying the power of the holidays to bring out the best and worst in all of us. Tod Petersen, acclaimed for this hilarious and moving performance, reflects on the yuletide season with his family and in particular the show’s namesake — his mother Carole.


All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

December 21, 2007 | Westminster Presbyterian Church December 22, 2007 | Mount Calvary Lutheran Church December 23, 2007 | St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

By Peter Rothstein • With Musical Arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach • Directed by Peter Rothstein

The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing Stille Nacht. Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, of music, of peace. Based on a remarkable true story, this world premiere features the highly acclaimed vocal ensemble Cantus.

World Premiere

A co-production with Cantus


Parade

February 21 – March 16, 2008 | History Theatre

Book by Alfred Uhry • Co-conceived by Harold Prince • Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Atlanta, 1913. The true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-born Jew accused of murdering Mary Phagan, a 13-year employee in his pencil factory. Innovative. Daring. Powerful. The Tony Award-winning musical explores the volatile relationship between racism, sensationalism, and the truth.

A co-production with Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company

Area Premiere


Season 9 | 2006-2007

Gypsy

October 4 – November 5, 2006 | Loring Playhouse

Book by Arthur Laurents • Music by Jule Styne • Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Gypsy, a crowning achievement of 20th century musical theater, has seen several star-studded Broadway revivals, but you’ve never seen Gypsy like this — Theater Latté Da reinvents the show with a delicious, raunchy vaudevillian twist. Starring Jody Briskey as Mama Rose.


A Christmas Carole Petersen

November 24 – December 30, 2006 | Loring Playhouse

by Tod Petersen and Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

There’s no denying the power of the holidays to bring out the best and worst in all of us. Tod Petersen, acclaimed for this hilarious and moving performance, reflects on the yuletide season with his family and in particular the show’s namesake — his mother Carole.


Susannah

February 1 – March 4, 2007 | Loring Playhouse

by Carlisle Floyd • Orchestration and Music Direction by Joseph Schlefke • Choreography by Mathew Janczewski • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Susannah transposes the biblical story of Susannah and the Elders to the valleys of Tennessee in the 1950s — a time of McCarthyism, the cold war, and religious paranoia. Starring Meghan Schmidt and premiering a new Appalachian-inspired orchestration by Joseph Schlefke.


Season 8 | 2005-2006

Bankrupt City Ballad

September 16-25, 2005 | Southern Theater

Created by Mathew Janczewski and Peter Rothstein • Original Text by Kira Obolensky • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Choreography by Mathew Janczewski • Directed by Peter Rothstein

This fall Theater Latté Da will make its debut at the Southern Theater with this truly unique piece of dance-theater. The gaiety, the spectacle, the desperation. The Great Depression. The Great Dance Marathons. Ok, America, who’s gonna be the last one on their feet?

World Premiere A co-production with ARENA Dances and the Southern Theater


A Christmas Carole Petersen

November 26 – December 31, 2005 | Loring Playhouse

by Tod Petersen and Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

There’s no denying the power of the holidays to bring out the best and worst in all of us. Tod Petersen, acclaimed for this hilarious and moving performance, reflects on the yuletide season with his family and in particular the show’s namesake — his mother Carole.


KNOCK!

January 14 – February 19, 2006 | Loring Playhouse

Created by Jim Lichtscheidl • Directed by Jim Lichtscheidl and Peter Rothstein

Last year’s smash hit of the Fringe Festival is back — new and expanded! Laugh with 12-year-old Toehead and his nosy family as we peek into his imagination, his future and his bedroom. But KNOCK first!

World Premiere


Floyd Collins

April 15 – May 21, 2006 | Loring Playhouse

Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel • Book by Tina Landau • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Floyd Collins was a caver, a visionary, whose descent beneath the ground stirred the first media circus in America. True events which occurred in Kentucky in 1925 inspired this groundbreaking and moving score by Adam Guettel, winner of the 2005 Tony Award.

Area Premiere


Season 7 | 2004-2005

KNOCK!

August 8-15, 2004 | Minnesota Fringe Festival

Created by Jim Lichtscheidl • Directed by Jim Lichtscheidl and Peter Rothstein

Laugh with 12-year-old Toehead and his nosy family as we peek into his imagination, his future and his bedroom. But KNOCK first!

World Premiere


A Christmas Carole Petersen

December 2, 2004 – January 2, 2005 | Loring Playhouse

by Tod Petersen and Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

There’s no denying the power of the holidays to bring out the best and worst in all of us. Tod Petersen, acclaimed for this hilarious and moving performance, reflects on the yuletide season with his family and in particular, the show’s namesake—his mother Carole. Enjoy Christmas kitsch, nostalgia and music, presented by an ensemble of the Twin Cities’ finest performers, as a Minnesota son struggles to rediscover the magic of the holidays.


La Bohème

February 12 – March 13, 2005 | Loring Playhouse

Music by Giacomo Puccini • Libretto by Luigi Illica and Guiseppe Giacosa • Orchestration by Joseph Schlefke • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Theater Latté Da presents an original staging of one of the world’s best-loved operas. Re-set in 1930s Paris, this is the story of a group of starving artists who find love, laughter and meaning in the face of adversity and change. A new orchestration for Parisian street instruments and the intimacy of the Loring Playhouse brings an authentic Bohemian feel to Puccini’s masterpiece.

Performed in Italian with English subtitles


King of Hearts

April 30 – May 22, 2005 | Loring Playhouse

Book by Steve Tesich • Lyrics by Jacob Brackman • Music by Peter Link • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

It’s the final days of World War I, and in the face of the oncoming combat, a small French village is abandoned by its residents only to be repopulated by the freed inmates of the nearby insane asylum. When a lone American soldier arrives, he gradually realizes that something is amiss in this gentle community. This whimsical story asks us to contemplate how we look at war, patriotism and sanity itself while celebrating the innocence and wisdom of the marginalized.

Area Premiere A co-production with Interact Theatre


Season 6 | 2003-2004

Burning Patience

September 26 – October 19, 2003 | Loring Playhouse

by Antonio Skármeta • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

A beautiful story of adolescent love set against the struggles of Chile’s political past. In a small fishing village where almost everyone is illiterate, postman Mario Jiménez’s only customer is Latin America’s greatest poet, Pablo Neruda. Burning Patience is about the power of poetry in everyday life. It’s about the power others have to destroy poets and postmen alike, but not the words they have let loose in the world. Burning Patience was the source behind the award-winning film Il Postino.


A Christmas Carole Petersen

2003 | Loring Playhouse

by Tod Petersen and Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

There’s no denying the power of the holidays to bring out the best and worst in all of us. Tod Petersen, acclaimed for this hilarious and moving performance, reflects on the yuletide season with his family and in particular, the show’s namesake—his mother Carole. Enjoy Christmas kitsch, nostalgia and music, presented by an ensemble of the Twin Cities’ finest performers, as a Minnesota son struggles to rediscover the magic of the holidays.


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A Man of No Importance

March 19 – April 17, 2004 | Loring Playhouse

Book by Terrence McNally • Music by Stephen Flaherty • Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

From the Tony-Award winning creators of Ragtime comes a funny, heartfelt new musical about a delightful troupe of amateur actors who dedicate themselves wholly and unabashedly to Art. At the center is Alfie, a Dublin bus conductor who reads poetry to his passengers, directs plays by Oscar Wilde in a church basement, and embraces all that life has to offer — well, almost all. Alfie’s journey of self-discovery and “the love that dare not speak its name” is set against the simple beauty of Ireland and the painful rigidity of the 1960s Catholic Church.

Area Premiere


Oh S#!%, I’m Turning Into My Mother

May 9, 2004 | Illusion Theater

by Tod Petersen and Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Outrageous and affectionate reflections on motherhood


Season 5 | 2002-2003

Wings

October 4-26, 2002 | Loring Playhouse

Music by Jeffrey Lunden • Book and Lyrics by Arthur Perlman • From the play Wings by Arthur Kopit

A magnificent adventure into the mind that reveals the strength and mystery of the human spirit

Area Premiere


A Christmas Carole Petersen

2002 | Loring Playhouse

by Tod Petersen and Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

There’s no denying the power of the holidays to bring out the best and worst in all of us. Tod Petersen, acclaimed for this hilarious and moving performance, reflects on the yuletide season with his family and in particular, the show’s namesake — his mother Carole. Enjoy Christmas kitsch, nostalgia and music, presented by an ensemble of the Twin Cities’ finest performers, as a Minnesota son struggles to rediscover the magic of the holidays.


Sunday in the Park with George

February 14 – March 9, 2003 | Loring Playhouse

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim • Book by James Lapine • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Theater Latté Da presents the professional area premiere of this Pulitzer Prize-winning musical masterpiece, which is as revolutionary in its vision as that of the artist who inspired its story. Considered his most personal and passionate work, Sondheim brings to life, with his unique musical palette, the colorful characters of George Seurat’s enchanting painting.

Area Premiere


Season 4 | 2001-2002

The Rink

September 29 – October 21, 2001 | Loring Playhouse

Book by Terrence McNally • Music by John Kander • Lyrics by Fred Ebb • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Area Premiere


A Christmas Carole Petersen

December 1 – 23, 2001 | Loring Playhouse

by Tod Petersen and Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

There’s no denying the power of the holidays to bring out the best and worst in all of us. Tod Petersen, acclaimed for this hilarious and moving performance, reflects on the yuletide season with his family and in particular, the show’s namesake — his mother Carole. Enjoy Christmas kitsch, nostalgia and music, presented by an ensemble of the Twin Cities’ finest performers, as a Minnesota son struggles to rediscover the magic of the holidays.


New York Musical Shorts

March 28 – April 21, 2002 | Loring Playhouse

Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

An electric evening of new works by emerging writers from the Big Apple

World Premiere


Season 3 | 2000-2001

A Christmas Carole Petersen

December 2000 | Loring Playhouse

by Tod Petersen and Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

There’s no denying the power of the holidays to bring out the best and worst in all of us. Tod Petersen, acclaimed for this hilarious and moving performance, reflects on the yuletide season with his family and in particular, the show’s namesake — his mother Carole. Enjoy Christmas kitsch, nostalgia and music, presented by an ensemble of the Twin Cities’ finest performers, as a Minnesota son struggles to rediscover the magic of the holidays.

World Premiere 

 

The Death of Bessie Smith

February 3-25, 2001 | Loring Playhouse

by Edward Albee • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Theater Latté Da creates an all-new production blending the provocative music of Bessie Smith with Edward Albee’s riveting drama.

Area Premiere


Season 2 | 1999-2000

Oh S#!%, I’m Turning Into My Mother

1999 | Acadia Café

by Tod Petersen and Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Outrageous and affectionate reflections on motherhood

 
 

Songs for a New World

2000 | Bryant Lake Bowl

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein 

 

Oh S#!%, I’m Turning Into My Mother

May 11-28, 2000 | Bryant Lake Bowl

by Tod Petersen and Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Outrageous and affectionate reflections on motherhood


Season 1 | 1998-1999

Lost In Boston

1998 | Loring Playhouse

A cabaret featuring a collection of songs that were left on the cutting-room floor before their Broadway debuts.

World Premiere

 

Oh S#!%, I’m Turning Into My Mother

1998 | Loring Playhouse

by Tod Petersen and Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Outrageous and affectionate reflections on motherhood

World Premiere

 

Oh S#!%, I’m Turning Into My Mother

March 19, 22, 26, 29, 1999 | Duplex, New York City

by Tod Petersen and Peter Rothstein • Music Direction by Denise Prosek • Directed by Peter Rothstein

Outrageous and affectionate reflections on motherhood


Privately Produced before Theater Latté Da was incorporated in 1998

Falsettos

1997 | Bryant Lake Bowl

Spend It While You Can

1997 | Bryant Lake Bowl

It’s About Time

1997 | Bryant Lake Bowl

Coffee in a Cardboard Cup

1996 | Bryant Lake Bowl

Coffee in a Cardboard Cup

1995 | CTC Little Theater