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.”
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
January 13 – Feburary 7, 2016 | The Ritz Theater
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.
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
March 30 – May 1, 2016 | The Ritz Theater
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 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.
Theater Latté Da gratefully acknowledges Dan L. and Carol C. Greenwald and Seth R. and Stephanie S. Greenwald as Producing Sponsors.
May 5 – May 23, 2016
“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
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.
See below or click EXPLORE to see the works featured in our 2016 NEXT series!
Project 1: In the Mines by Kate HamillDirected by Peter Rothstein
Music Direction by Denise Prosek
Dramaturgy by Elissa Adams
Performance Dates: Thursday, May 5, Saturday May 7, and Monday May 9, 2016
Venue: Ritz Theater | 345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis MN
In Appalachian coal-mining territory, a devastating cave-in forever changes and intertwines the lives of three imperfect women – who soon find themselves swept up by forces beyond their control. This epic, imaginative “mutation” of Greek myths interweaves traditional folk music with magical realism to create a new mythology examining the forces (both seen and unseen) that shape our lives.
Project 2: The Urban Farmer’s Almanac hosted by Dan ChouinardDirected by Peter Rothstein
Performance Dates: Thursday, May 12, Saturday May 14, and Sunday May 15, 2016
Venue: Ritz Theater | 345 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis MN
The Urban Farmer’s Almanac, in its first trial run, is a live-performance written-for-radio variety show about raising food and living close to the ground in the city. Dan Chouinard is host, with a crop of guests bringing stories and first-hand how-to, from rooftop beekeepers to basement cheesemakers, backyard bakers to vacant lot farmers. Plus lots of music, history and lore. A fresh local take on a growing global movement.
Project 3: The Illyria ProjectBook, Music and Lyrics by Jackson Doran and Postell Pringle Directed by Jackson Doran and Postell Pringle
Performance Dates: Thursday, May 19, Saturday May 21, and Monday May 23, 2016
Venue: Capri Theater | 2027 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN
The Illyria Project is the story of Viola, a barista and aspiring rapper who seizes the opportunity to fulfill her dream of becoming a star when she finds out about an audition for a new hip hop show, Shipwrecked, The Musical. A hip hop musical with a book written entirely in rap verse and performed over beats, The Illyria Project weaves together soul, rock, and rap music in a rollicking interpretation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.