2015-2016 Season At-a-Glance
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
September 23 – October 25, 2015 | The Ritz Theater
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.
For more information, visit AllisCalm.org
January 13 – Feburary 7, 2016 | The Ritz Theater
345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN | Running time: TBA
A play with music by Michael Elyanow • Directed by Jeremy B. Cohen
“I can’t have my boy growing up thinking that when someone you love dies, they take the music with them.”
Direct from Theater Latté Da’s NEXT: New Musicals in the Making series, comes the world premiere of award-winning writer Michael Elyanow’s compelling play-with-music, Lullaby. A widowed young mother who, haunted by the death of her husband, forms an unlikely friendship with the lesbian songwriter she hires to teach her to play lullabies for her infant son. Lullaby is an intimate story about the stories we tell ourselves before the lights go out. NEXT audiences called it “funny,” “powerful” and “absolutely beautiful.”
Lullaby is 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.
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 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 – April 24, 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.”
Cyrano is a brash, strong-willed man of many talents. In addition to being a remarkable duelist, he is a gifted poet and musician who is deeply in love with the beautiful, intellectual Roxanne. However, he is plagued with persisting self-doubt because of his extremely large nose. Bradley Greenwald and Bob Elhai’s new musical adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s great play, Cyrano de Bergerac, reminds us of the power of language, and of one of its greatest champions. Previously presented as part of Theater Latté Da’s NEXT: New Musicals in the Making series, C. is an inventive retelling of one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time.
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.
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.