Past Productions

 

Season 16 | 2013-2014

Steerage Song Play Guide

Steerage Song

September 25 – October 20, 2013  |  The Lab Theater

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. 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

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All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

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

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

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.
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NEXT

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.

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Season 15 | 2012-2013

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.

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All Is Calm

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.

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Aida

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

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The Light in the Piazza

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.

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NEXT

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Season 13 | 2010-2011

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.

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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.


 

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