2015-2016 Season At-a-Glance

 

 

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

September 23 – Nov 1, 2015  |  The Ritz Theater
Opening Night: Saturday, February 20th at 8:00 p.m.

345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis MN 55413

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, Tyler Michaels and Mark Benninghofen

“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 features the memorable songs “Pretty Women,” “Nothing’s Gonna Harm You” and “Johanna.”

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All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

December 16-20, 2015 | Pantages Theatre

710 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403  |  Running time: 75 minutes, no intermission

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

“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. The Star Tribune calls All Is Calm “a classic to be repeated for years to come.” Don’t miss this award-winning, Theater Latté Da original that has been seen and heard around the globe.

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

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Lullaby

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

345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN   |  Running time: TBA

A play with music by Michael Elyanow  • Featuring Music and Lyrics by Garrison Starr, Chris Dallman, Curt 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.

Lullaby is also the first world premiere in Theater Latté Da’s major new work initiative. NEXT 20/20 is a five-year endeavor aimed at developing 20 new musicals or plays-with-music and shepherding many of them to full production.

Lullaby contains strong language, mature adult situations and brief partial nudity.

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Gypsy

February 13 – March 13, 2016 | Pantages Theatre

710 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403  |  Running time: TBD

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

“Well, Mama look at me now. I’m a star!”

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

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C.

March 30 – April 24, 2016  | The Ritz Theater
World Premiere

345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413  |  Running time: TBD

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

“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.

C. is also the second world premiere in Theater Latté Da’s major new work initiative. NEXT 20/20 is a five-year endeavor aimed at developing 20 new musicals or plays-with-music and shepherding many of them to full production.

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NEXT: New Musicals in the Making

May 4 – May 22, 2016 | Location TBA

“In a time when new original musical theater is becoming an endangered species, Minnesota’s own Theater Latté Da is investing in the future of musical theater with their annual new works series NEXT.” – Cherry and Spoon

Committed to the future of the American Musical Theater, Theater Latté Da’s intensive new work series showcases three new musicals in various stages of development. Each workshop culminates in public performances followed by post-show discussions with the playwrights, composers and lyricists. These intersections provide audiences the unique opportunity to ask questions, provide immediate feedback and “get in on the ground floor” of the creative process.

Show information coming soon.

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