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Theater Latté Da Announces 2017-18 Season

Theater Latté Da Announces 2017-18 Season

American Theatre Editors American Theatre Magazine May 2, 2017 MINNEAPOLIS: Theater Latté Da has announced its 20th anniversary season, which will feature five musicals, including a Sondheim production, a local holiday favorite, and a world premiere. This season marks the first in the company’s new Ritz Theater. “I am truly grateful for the generosity and support of this community,...

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‘Man of La Mancha’ to open 2017-18 Latté Da season; ‘La Bohème’ coming up

‘Man of La Mancha’ to open 2017-18 Latté Da season; ‘La Bohème’ coming up

Pamela Espeland MinnPost May 4, 2017 Theater Latté Da has announced its 20th anniversary season, a provocative blend of new works and classics served up with a few twists. Hint: Tyler Michaels will play Lee Harvey Oswald. Now settled into its new home in the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis, Latté Da will open 2017-18 on Sept. 13 with the five-time Tony winner “Man of La Mancha....

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Penumbra and Theater Latte Da enter the Trump era with timely 2017-18 seasons

Penumbra and Theater Latte Da enter the Trump era with timely 2017-18 seasons

Jay Gabler City Pages Minneapolis May 2, 2017 Standing onstage at the Ritz to announce Theater Latté Da’s 20th anniversary season, Peter Rothstein recited a line from Man of La Mancha that, he said, has been resonating with him of late. “When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies?” The 2017-18 theatrical season is the first to be announced in the Trump era, an...

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Classics and new work in next Theater Latte Da season

Classics and new work in next Theater Latte Da season

Chris Hewitt Pioneer Press May 2, 2017 A timely presentation of a controversial Stephen Sondheim musical is among the offerings next season from Theater Latte Da. Featuring a song called “The Gun Song,” weapons and political unrest are both themes in “Assassins,” which Latte Da will produce in February 2018. With a cast including Dieter Bierbrauer, Tyler Michaels and Sara Ochs, t...

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Theater Latté Da Launches its 20th Anniversary Season!

Theater Latté Da Launches its 20th Anniversary Season!

  For Immediate Release May 1, 2017 Contact: Emilee Elofson emilee@latteda.org 612-225-1246 office     Theater Latté Da Launches its 20th Anniversary Season The Company Continues its Rigorous Exploration of Musical Storytelling, including a Reimagined Classic, a Rarely-Produced Sondheim Musical, and a World Premiere Season subscriptions are on sale now and can be purchased...

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Theater Latte Da’s ‘Six Degrees’ adds another week of performances

Theater Latte Da’s ‘Six Degrees’ adds another week of performances

Rohan Preston Star Tribune March 28, 2017 It's not just the unusually warm spring weather that is exciting people in the Twin Cities. "Six Degrees" also is hot in Minneapolis. Producer Theater Latte Da has announced that director Peter Rothstein's revival of John Guare's 1990 play has added a week of performances at the Ritz Theater. The one-act stars Mark Benninghofen (left),...

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Theater Latte Da to revive its powerful ‘Ragtime’ on the coasts

Theater Latte Da to revive its powerful ‘Ragtime’ on the coasts

Rohan Preston Star Tribune March 22, 2017 Theater Latte Da is restaging its powerful production of “Ragtime” for audiences in the northwest and southeast next season. Theater founder and director Peter Rothstein has been tapped to remount his re-imagined version of the musical for the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle in the fall and the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota in spr...

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REVIEW: Six Degrees of Cons (Theater Latté Da)

REVIEW: Six Degrees of Cons (Theater Latté Da)

Bev Wolfe Twin Cities Arts Reader March 21, 2017 Phoniness, lack of human connectedness and class distinctions are the prevalent themes in John Guare’s play Six Degrees of Separation, which opened last weekend at Theater Latte Da. The play originally debuted on Broadway in 1990 and was nominated for both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for Best Play. Peter Rothstein directs a crisply p...

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Theater Latte Da’s Six Degrees of Separation

Theater Latte Da’s Six Degrees of Separation

Kare 11 TV Pat Evans March 21, 2017 MINNEAPOLIS - Inspired by the real-life con artist David Hampton, the acclaimed drama "Six Degrees of Separation" is now being performed at Minneapolis Ritz Theatre through April 9. The 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...

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‘Six Degrees Of Separation’ Stars Talk Chemistry, Class

‘Six Degrees Of Separation’ Stars Talk Chemistry, Class

WCCO TV March 21, 2017 Sally Wingert and Mark Benninghofen spoke with Ali Lucia and Kim Johnson about the tragicomedy on race, class and manners (3:25).WCCO 4 News At Noon – March 21, 2017  ...

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Six Degrees of Separation

Six Degrees of Separation

Arthur Dorman Talkin' Broadway March 16, 2017 John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation is without doubt one of the great American plays of the past fifty years. It strikes at our attitudes about money and wealth, our reverence for celebrity, and the intersection of race, class, and sexual orientation. It is at once a biting satire, a comedy of manners, and a poignant meditation on the forces...

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‘Six Degrees of Separation’ at the Ritz

‘Six Degrees of Separation’ at the Ritz

Pamela Espeland MinnPost March 16, 2017 The picks Now at the Ritz: “Six Degrees of Separation.” First, Theatre Latté Da’s new production of John Guare’s play about a young black con man who targets Manhattanites is not a musical. There is live music, but no singing. Second, if you haven’t already heard, “Six Degrees” contains full-frontal male nudity. Way to keep it fresh, Lat...

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Review: Theater Latté Da’s ‘Six Degrees of Separation’

Review: Theater Latté Da’s ‘Six Degrees of Separation’

Graydon Royce Star Tribune March 14, 2017 There have been several occasions over the years in which Theater Latté Da has cracked its theatrical skin and stretched toward something new. That sense of metamorphosis imbues Peter Rothstein’s production of “Six Degrees of Separation,” which opened Saturday at the Ritz in northeast Minneapolis. No, John Guare’s crunchy 1990 play has not...

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Six Degrees Of Separation: highly recommended

Six Degrees Of Separation: highly recommended

John Olive HowWasTheShow March 12, 2017 First things first: Six Degrees Of Separation (Theater Latté Da performing at the newly purchased Ritz, through April 9) looks terrific. Yeoperson work has been by the crackerjack design team – Kate Sutton-Johnson (sets); Alice Frederickson (costumes); Barry Browning (lights). Et al. They’ve created a marvelous Upper East Side apartment. Even bet...

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Theater review: Latte Da’s ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ connects

Theater review: Latte Da’s ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ connects

Chris Hewitt Pioneer Press March 12, 2017 From the start of “Six Degrees of Separation,” New York couple Flanders and Ouisa Kittredge speak directly to us, as if we are old friends at a party they’re throwing. One question audiences may ask themselves is, “But do I want to be friends with them?” One of the feats of John Guare’s beautiful play is to expose the ugliness of some...

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Actress Sally Wingert returns to ‘Six Degrees’ this weekend at Theater Latté Da

Actress Sally Wingert returns to ‘Six Degrees’ this weekend at Theater Latté Da

Rohan Preston Star Tribune March 10, 2017 In his autobiography, Malcolm X noted that when he was a young, wayward street hustler, he often interacted with underworld figures whose intellectual acumen could have been put to good use in science, math or the humanities, if given a chance. Sally Wingert sees a bit of Malcolm in Paul, the young, black gay hustler who pretends to be Sidney Poitier...

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7 things you probably don’t know about ‘Six Degrees of Separation’

7 things you probably don’t know about ‘Six Degrees of Separation’

Chris Hewitt Pioneer Press March 10, 2017 Like the great “Tracey Ullman Show,” the play, “Six Degrees of Separation,” is a work of art that is now better remembered for an offshoot than for itself. Just as “Ullman” gave birth to the still-running “The Simpsons,” John Guare’s “Six Degrees of Separation” eventually led to the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” meme, whi...

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Review: Peter and the Starcatcher

Review: Peter and the Starcatcher

Arthur Dorman Talkin' Broadway February 7, 2017 When Tyler Michaels, as an orphan with no name, sat on the stage floor at the Ritz Theater pleading "All I want is to be a boy for a while," my throat tightened as I felt the urge to shout out, "Me too!" Who can resist the lure of the boy who becomes Peter Pan and never grows up, whose life is one adventure after another in Neverland, and who...

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Theater Latté Da’s ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ offers magic straight on till morning

Theater Latté Da’s ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ offers magic straight on till morning

Rohan Preston Star Tribune February 6, 2017 It’s easy to be swept up into the magic of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” the “Peter Pan” prequel that opened Saturday at the Ritz in Minneapolis. Director Joel Sass’ staging of this music-infused play for Theater Latté Da is often captivating, with well crafted small bits that explode into delirious fun, though the first act is a bit ov...

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Peter and the Starcatcher is a silly, boisterous good time

Peter and the Starcatcher is a silly, boisterous good time

David and Chelsea Berglund HowWasTheShow.com February 6th, 2017 Theater Latte Da has now certainly solidified itself as one of the best companies in the Twin Cities, especially for the production of musicals. It should come as no surprise then that their latest offering, Peter and the Starcatcher, is decidedly delightful. More a “play with music” than a full-blown opus, the show,...

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“Peter and the Starcatcher” by Theater Latte Da at the Ritz Theater

“Peter and the Starcatcher” by Theater Latte Da at the Ritz Theater

Jill Schafer Cherry and Spoon February 5th, 2017 The 2012 Broadway play with music Peter and the Starcatcher is not your typical Broadway musical, or rather, play. I was fortunate enough to see the original Broadway production and the subsequent Broadway tour, and was charmed by the innovative storytelling. I don't know how long it's been available for regional production, but I'm so glad...

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Theater review: Musical ‘Starcatcher’ shoots for the sky, and will hook you

Theater review: Musical ‘Starcatcher’ shoots for the sky, and will hook you

Chris Hewitt Pioneer Press February 5th, 2017 I’ve seen preschools full of toddlers that didn’t have as much energy as the cast of “Peter and the Starcatcher” at Theater Latte Da. The nine actors in the cast whiz from role to role in the show, which doesn’t have quite enough songs to be called a musical but has too many to be called a straight play. Actually, “Peter” tak...

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Review: A Christmas Carole Peterson

Review: A Christmas Carole Peterson

Arthur Dorman Talkin' Broadway December 6, 2016 Carole Peterson is an irrepressibly positive woman who finds the good in everyone and every situation, and makes darn sure that everyone in her family does the same. At least, that is the image Tod Peterson creates of his mother in A Christmas Carole Peterson. With Peter Rothstein, Peterson assembled this memoir of his mother's role as ringmas...

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Twin Cities holiday staple ‘A Christmas Carole Petersen’ returns after 8-year hiatus

Twin Cities holiday staple ‘A Christmas Carole Petersen’ returns after 8-year hiatus

Dominic P. Papatola Pioneer Press December 5, 2016 Creating a holiday show can be tricky business. It can’t run too hot or too cold. It can’t be too hard or too soft. It can’t feel too big or too small. Bringing back “A Christmas Carole Petersen” after an eight-year hiatus, Theater Latte Da has summoned an artistic Goldilocks and gotten things just right. “Carole,” a holida...

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Latte Da’s ‘Christmas Carole Petersen’ wishes us a happy holiday, sincerely

Latte Da’s ‘Christmas Carole Petersen’ wishes us a happy holiday, sincerely

Graydon Royce Star Tribune December 4, 2016 When a paean to nostalgic Christmas memories becomes the piece of nostalgia itself, you know you're getting old. Around the turn of the century, Tod Petersen put together a charming, campy and funny homage to his mother, his family traditions and his own journey from the high of his childhood role in "A Christmas Carol" to the low of feeling aliena...

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Guide to Twin Cities 2016 Holiday Shows

Guide to Twin Cities 2016 Holiday Shows

Quinton Skinner Minnesota Monthly November 2016 There are so many holiday-themed shows each year in the Twin Cities that it can be daunting to keep track of them all—much less decide which to take in to burnish that end-of-year glow. Here are a few of the best to help you fill your entertainment dance card. Old Faithful A Christmas Carol Scrooge’s journey from humbug to redemption...

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Going out: A dozen sure bets for the holiday season

Going out: A dozen sure bets for the holiday season

Pamela Espeland MinnPost November 23, 2016 For your Thanksgiving weekend pleasure: our holiday dozen. Twelve sure bets for the season. Many are classics, but there’s a reason for that: They work, and people want to see them again and again. (Congrats to the New Standards on their tenth year.) This won’t be our last word on holiday shows, but it’s a good start, and you might want to pe...

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REVIEW: Still Resonant Ragtime

REVIEW: Still Resonant Ragtime

Bev Wolfe Twin Cities Arts Reader October 3, 2016 Is musical theatre relevant or mere entertainment? The musical Ragtime deals with immigration, economic disparity, and the killing of unarmed blacks by police. Although Ragtime is a period drama set in the United States near the start of the 20th century, the issues at its heart are unfortunately very much alive today. Ragtime is an...

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History repeats: ‘Ragtime’ is a timely classic with modern urgency

History repeats: ‘Ragtime’ is a timely classic with modern urgency

Jay Gabler City Pages September 28, 2016 Ragtime is about “a nation on the cusp of great change,” states Peter Rothstein, director of Theater Latté Da’s new production in a program note. Seen today, though, Ragtime makes American history feel less epochal than cyclical. From racist cops to frightened immigrants, the musical’s vision of American life in the early 1900s is painfully...

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A powerful ‘Ragtime’ at the Ritz; Graywolf author is a MacArthur Fellow

A powerful ‘Ragtime’ at the Ritz; Graywolf author is a MacArthur Fellow

Pamela Espeland MinnPost September 27, 2016   Theater Latté Da makes more magic with less than almost any theater we know. We first saw this in 2005, when director Peter Rothstein staged Puccini’s “La Bohème” in the tiny Loring Playhouse. “Bohème” is a warhorse opera, with a large cast and chorus, 80-piece orchestra, grand costumes and sets. Rothstein pared down the cas...

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“Ragtime” by Theater Latte Da at the Ritz Theater

“Ragtime” by Theater Latte Da at the Ritz Theater

Jill Schafer Cherry and Spoon September 26, 2016 Theater Latte Da is opening their 19th season (and their first season in their new home, the Ritz Theater in NE Minneapolis, where they have been in residence for a few years but only recently purchased) with a Tony-winning musical written nearly 20 years ago, set 110 years in the past, that is perhaps the most timely and relevant musical for...

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Ragtime by Theater Latté Da

Ragtime by Theater Latté Da

David and Chelsea Berglund HowWasTheShow September 26, 2016 David: It is easy to see why Theater Latté Da chose this moment to mount their own production of Ragtime(running through October 23rd at their newly acquired Ritz Theater home). In times of civil unrest and political uncertainty, its themes of racial injustice and immigration anxieties resonate strongly with our contemporary real...

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‘Ragtime’ gives heart to a powerful American parable

‘Ragtime’ gives heart to a powerful American parable

Graydon Royce Star Tribune September 25, 2016 Review: The old story turns on current issues like wealth, racial division and immigration. America needs to see this musical. America the beautiful, fragile, ugly bully needs to peer into the reflection that is “Ragtime” and contemplate how it is that a nation so full of hope and good heart has become so mean and angry. “Ragtime” ask...

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With ‘Ragtime,’ Latte Da puts down new roots

With ‘Ragtime,’ Latte Da puts down new roots

Euan Kerr MPR News September 23, 2016 Theater Latte Da will be launching a new era when it opens its production of "Ragtime" this weekend. The longtime nomadic company recently bought the Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis. "Ragtime" is an epic tale of America at the dawn of the 20th century. It's a time of change, of new ideas, industrial innovation and, of course, new music. "Giv...

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‘Ragtime’ the musical is a period piece for the present period

‘Ragtime’ the musical is a period piece for the present period

Chris Hewitt Pioneer Press September 22, 2016 The musical drama “Ragtime” opened on Broadway 18 years ago, but it’s not much of a stretch to call it a show for the Black Lives Matter era. Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, “Ragtime,” which Theater Latte Da opens Saturday night at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis, connects three stories in the years leading up to World War I: L...

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Election season means it’s the right time for ‘Ragtime’

Election season means it’s the right time for ‘Ragtime’

Rohan Preston Star Tribune September 22, 2016 Election season means it's the right time for 'Ragtime' American dreams and despair mingle in the musical, getting a revival by Theatre Latté Da. A Latvian man with an unusual name and even funnier accent faces scorn as an interloper, even as he imagines making it big in America. An African-American family longing for justice and truth has an e...

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Latté Da completes purchase of the Ritz

Latté Da completes purchase of the Ritz

Pamela Espeland MinnPost September 1, 2016 Just in time for “Ragtime,” which opens Sept. 21, Theater Latté Da has finalized its purchase of the historic Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis. It took a while – we learned in March that Latté Da had entered into an “exclusive negotiating arrangement” with the Ritz Foundation – but it’s a done deal now, and the theater finally...

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Theater Latte Da now owns Ritz Theater

Theater Latte Da now owns Ritz Theater

Jay Gabler City Pages September 1, 2016 Theater Latté Da has purchased the Ritz Theater. It's a move that stabilizes the future of the northeast Minneapolis landmark while demonstrating Latté Da's growing clout. The 18-year-old company's new home includes a performance space, administrative offices, and rehearsal space all under the same roof. The move doesn't come...

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Latte Da purchases Ritz Theater in NE Minneapolis

Latte Da purchases Ritz Theater in NE Minneapolis

Euan Kerr MPR News August 31, 2016 Theater Latte Da announced Wednesday that it has purchased the Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis. The company has until now performed at venues around the Twin Cities, including the Ritz, but moved its administrative offices into the venue in 2014. Artistic Director Peter Rothstein said the facility allows Latte Da to present what he calls intimate...

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Theater Latté Da Finds Permanent Home

Theater Latté Da Finds Permanent Home

American Theatre Editors American Theatre Magazine August 31, 2016   MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Theater Latté Da now has a permanent home. It recently purchased the historic Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis, where its administrative offices have been housed in the last two years. The theatre began performances at the Ritz in 2015. “During our time at the Ritz Theater, our patrons...

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Theater Latte Da buys Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis

Theater Latte Da buys Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis

Mark Reilly Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal August 31, 2016 Drama company Theater Latté Da has bought the Ritz Theater, a onetime movie house in Northeast Minneapolis. The Star Tribune reports on the deal for the theater at 345 13th Ave. NE, which had been owned by the Ritz Foundation. The building dates back decades, beginning as a movie theater before a conversion for drama in the 1...

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Theater Latté Da buys historic Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis

Theater Latté Da buys historic Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis

Graydon Royce Star Tribune August 30, 2016   Theater Latté Da has purchased the historic Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis. The company moved its administrative offices into the building in September 2014 and had been producing shows in the 245-seat auditorium since 2015. The terms were not announced. “We will continue to deepen our relationship with northeast Minneapolis,”...

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IT’S OFFICIAL!! THEATER LATTÉ DA HAS A HOME AT THE RITZ THEATER IN NORTHEAST MINNEAPOLIS

IT’S OFFICIAL!! THEATER LATTÉ DA HAS A HOME AT THE RITZ THEATER IN NORTHEAST MINNEAPOLIS

  August 31, 2016 Contact: Seena Hodges seena@latteda.org 612-767-5646 office IT’S OFFICIAL!! THEATER LATTÉ DA HAS A HOME AT THE RITZ THEATER IN NORTHEAST MINNEAPOLIS (Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Board of Directors of Theater Latté Da announced the purchase of the historic Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis. For the first time in the company’s 18-year history, Theater Latté Da...

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Theater Latté Da opens Season 19 with McNally, Flaherty, and Ahrens’ epic, provocative musical RAGTIME

Theater Latté Da opens Season 19 with McNally, Flaherty, and Ahrens’ epic, provocative musical RAGTIME

August 18, 2016   Contact: Seena Hodges seena@latteda.org 612-767-5646 office   Theater Latté Da opens Season 19 with McNally, Flaherty, and Ahrens’ epic, provocative musical RAGTIME  Based on E.L. Doctorow’s gripping novel, RAGTIME follows the lives of three American families through the promise-filled and volatile early 20th century.  RAGTIME features Sasha Andr...

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Theatre Latté Da Announces 2016-17 Season

Theatre Latté Da Announces 2016-17 Season

American Theatre Editors American Theatre June 14, 2016 MINNEAPOLIS: Theatre Latté Da has announced its 2016-17 season, featuring dramas, musicals, and a festival of new work. The season will begin with Ragtime (Sept. 21-Oct. 23), with a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Based on the novel by E.L. Dotorow, the musical follows three very di...

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Latté Da’s new season to open with ‘Ragtime’

Latté Da’s new season to open with ‘Ragtime’

Pamela Espeland MinnPost June 14, 2016 Theater Latté Da had a stellar 2015-16 season that included the smash hit “Sweeney Todd,” a terrific “Gypsy,” a new “All Is Calm” and the world premiere “C,” based on “Cyrano de Bergerac.” The season before, the theater’s 17th, was wildly successful. Expectations ran hot for the 2016-17 season announcement Monday evening at the R...

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Theater Latte Da’s new season returns with old faves

Theater Latte Da’s new season returns with old faves

Chris Hewitt St. Paul Pioneer Press June 13, 2016 Enjoyed the performers you’ve seen on stage at Theater Latte Da in the last couple of seasons? You’re in luck, because many of them are back for the just-announced 2016-17 season. Sally Wingert and Mark Benninghofen, who appeared in Latte Da’s smash “Sweeney Todd” last year, were expected to be in a remount of that production th...

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On the heels of the successful world premiere of C., Theater Latté Da announces a slate of adventurous pieces for the annual NEXT Festival.

On the heels of the successful world premiere of C., Theater Latté Da announces a slate of adventurous pieces for the annual NEXT Festival.

Three exhilarant, engaging new works from Kate Hamill, Dan Chouinard, and Jackson Doran and Postell Pringle that push the art form of musical theater forward will each receive two-week workshops and three public readings. Readings begin May 5 at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis.  $30 three-show passes and $13 single tickets are on sale now at latteda.org or 612-339-3003. CLICK HERE FOR PH...

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BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with C.’s Bradley Greenwald

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with C.’s Bradley Greenwald

Kristen Hirsch Montag Broadway World Minneapolis April 15, 2016 Bradley Greenwald is a fixture of Twin Cities stages; a performer that regularly draws deserved praise for his performances in opera, theater, music-theater, concert and recital repertoire with the Jungle Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, the Children's Theatre Company, 10,000 Things, Nautilus Music-Theater, Minnesota Dance Th...

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A new spin on ‘Cyrano,’ and four other arts events not to miss this weekend

A new spin on ‘Cyrano,’ and four other arts events not to miss this weekend

MPR News Staff MPR News April 14, 2016 Bradley Greenwald's nose for musical theater Maybe you've seen "Cyrano de Bergerac" before, or one of the many adaptations of the story about the swashbuckling poet and his enormous nose. But if you haven't seen "C.," which is midway through its premiere run at Theater Latte Da, you're missing the proboscis with the most-est. Cyrano has a beautiful s...

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Review – C – Theater Latte Da

Review – C – Theater Latte Da

Rift Magazine Bev Wolfe April 8, 2016 Theater Latté Da’s C:  A Promising New Play-With-Music This past weekend, Theater Latté Da presented the world premiere of C, a play-with-music, at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis.  The show was developed for Theater Latté Da by both Bradley Greenwald, who wrote the book and lyrics, and Robert Elhai who composed the music.  It is part of Thea...

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Theater Latte Da’s “C.” is a Charmer

Theater Latte Da’s “C.” is a Charmer

Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine Tad Simons April 4, 2016 Theater Latte Da is one of only a handful of arts organizations in the past 30 years that has made the leap from small, itinerant theater company on shoestring to established, mid-size theater with a modest budget—and soon, it hopes, a permanent home. TLD announced in March that it is raising funds to purchase the Ritz Theater in NE M...

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C. Review

C. Review

Arthur Dorman Talkin' Broadway April 6, 2106 C., a new musical with book and lyrics by Bradley Greenwald and music by Robert Elhai, based on Edmond Rostand's classic play Cyrano de Bergerac soars to life in Theater Latté Da's world premiere production at the Ritz Theatre. C. is a product of Theater Latté Da's Next 20/20 initiative to nurture the creation of new musical theater work, and i...

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Review: Cyrano truly sings in Latté Da’s poetic new musical ‘C.’

Review: Cyrano truly sings in Latté Da’s poetic new musical ‘C.’

Graydon Royce Star Tribune April 4, 2016   Starting with the very best ingredients does not guarantee the success of a theatrical adaptation. Consider the checkered history of "Cyrano de Bergerac" as a stage musical. The crashing thunder of full orchestra sadly curdles the delicate fragrance that distinguishes Edmond Rostand's original play. Writer Bradley Greenwald and composer Robe...

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“C.” by Theater Latte Da at the Ritz Theater

“C.” by Theater Latte Da at the Ritz Theater

Jill Schafer Cherry and Spoon April 4, 2016 Friends, @TheaterLatteDa's C. totally wrecked me & left me with such an exquisite ache I might never recover. #theatermusically #allthefeels This was my 140-character review of Theater Latte Da's world premiere new musical C., and even though I will give you several hundred more words here, I'm not sure I can express it any better than this. T...

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C. by Theater Latté Da performing at the Ritz Theater

C. by Theater Latté Da performing at the Ritz Theater

John Olive HowWasTheShow.com April 2, 2016 Cyrano’s nose is great. Super-long, warty, bent, broken (one imagines) numerous times, the nose provides a convincing reason for Cyrano’s suicidal self-loathing (“How can anyone love a face like this?”). His ugly honker drives him into increasingly arcane and abtruse machinations of deception – he deceives the fair Roxanne, the handsom...

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Everything’s coming up roses for “Gypsy”

Everything’s coming up roses for “Gypsy”

KARE 11 NBC - Minneapolis February 24, 2016...

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KMSP 9 Fox Gypsy Interview

KMSP 9 Fox Gypsy Interview

KMSP 9 FOX - Minnesota February 23, 2016...

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MN Mother-Daughter Team Bring ‘Gypsy’ To Stage

MN Mother-Daughter Team Bring ‘Gypsy’ To Stage

WCCO 4 News CBS - Minnesota Februray 23, 2016 Michelle Barber and Cat Brindisi star in Theater Latté Da's production of "Gypsy," which is about a stage mother trying to get her daughter into show buisness.      ...

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John Hines Show 2-23-16

John Hines Show 2-23-16

2-23-16 The John Hines Show 11 AM Hour WCCO John talks brewing and restaurants with Growler's John Garland, and 'Gypsy' mother-daughter stars Michele Barber and Kat Brindisi visit instudio....

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Gypsy Celebrates Women Who Don’t Need To Be Good To Be Great

Gypsy Celebrates Women Who Don’t Need To Be Good To Be Great

Jay Gabler City Pages February 24, 2016 "Used to always stay at home, be a good girl," sings Drake in "Hotline Bling," reminiscing about a time when the woman to whom he's singing focused her attention where he thinks it belongs: on him. The paternalistic line echoes a moment in Gypsy, when a frustrated lover abandons the career-focused Mama Rose with a parting admonition: "Be a good girl."...

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Gypsy by Theatre Latté Da, performing in the Pantages

Gypsy by Theatre Latté Da, performing in the Pantages

HowWasTheShow By David and Chelsea Berglund February 21, 2016   Gypsy, produced by Theater Latte Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust and running at the Pantages through March 13, is exactly the type of show critics relish writing about, or at least these critics. With a poignant book by Arthur Laurents, iconic music by Jule Styne, and smart lyrics by a young Stephen Sondheim, the story of...

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Gypsy produced by Theater Latte Da and the Hennepin Theater Trust

Gypsy produced by Theater Latte Da and the Hennepin Theater Trust

HowWasTheShow By Janet Preus February 21, 2016   Theater Latte Da and the Hennepin Theater Trust have partnered up to bring their own Broadway-style version of Gypsy to downtown Minneapolis, and I’m going to make a prediction: This is the Twin Cities show of the year. Yes, go! The Tony Award-winning Gypsy, which premiered in 1959, chronicles Mama Rose and her obsessive ambition...

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“Gypsy” by Theater Latte Da at the Pantages Theatre

“Gypsy” by Theater Latte Da at the Pantages Theatre

Cherry and Spoon Jill Schafer February 21, 2016   2016 is the fourth year of Broadway Reimagined, the partnership that combines the resources of Hennepin Theatre Trust with the innovation of Theater Latte Da to create a new interpretation of a familiar Broadway musical. This year's selection is a beloved classic of the American musical theater canon, the 1959 Jule Styne/Stephen So...

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‘Gypsy’: A tuneful trip into a tortured mind

‘Gypsy’: A tuneful trip into a tortured mind

Pioneer Press Chris Hewitt February 21, 2016   Rose is an overwhelmingly supportive stage mother, which Theater Latte Da’s “Gypsy” makes clear in an early scene. Her daughters sing and dance while she’s at the edge of the stage, exhorting us to clap in a way that suggests she’ll happily come to our seats and punch us in the face if we don’t. Abandoned by her mother as...

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Theater review: Theater Latte Da opens ‘Gypsy’ in Minneapolis

Theater review: Theater Latte Da opens ‘Gypsy’ in Minneapolis

Star Tribune By Graydon Royce February 21, 2016   "Sing out, Louise!" Momma's voice does not instantly scald the back of our heads as she enters from the rear of the house and shouts at her daughter. We turn to see a thin cloth coat of a woman, ambling toward the stage where she will orchestrate her children's audition for a cheap kiddie show. She is a nonstop talking machine, a huc...

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BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with GYPSY’s Peter Rothstein

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with GYPSY’s Peter Rothstein

By Kirsten Hirsch Montag Broadway World Minneapolis February 18, 2016   Peter Rothstein. In Minneapolis Saint Paul theatre circles, this is a name you've likely heard and read countless times in recent years. Named the Star Tribune Artist of the Year for 2015 recently was just one of his many accolades, and his productions have been receiving raving reviews and standing ovations on...

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Everything’s coming up ‘Gypsy’ for music director Denise Prosek

Everything’s coming up ‘Gypsy’ for music director Denise Prosek

Chris Hewitt Pioneer Press February 17, 2016 One hallmark of music director Denise Prosek’s work is that, despite her title, she is not at all precious about the music in a show. “I will cut music. I will edit music. I will change keys to make a song work. For me, the music is all in service to the story we’re trying to tell and, if it’s not, then why is it there?” says Prosek,...

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5Q: Gypsy

5Q: Gypsy

Shane Lueck Lavender Magazine February 15, 2016 Broadway Re-Imagined returns withIn an all-new production, Gypsy, lauded by critics as the greatest American musical. Directed by the nationally acclaimed Peter Rothstein, the production stars a local cast including the mother–daughter powerhouse team of Michelle Barber and Cat Brindisi, and the Ivey Award-winning Tyler Michaels. Gypsy is t...

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Old favorites and five Minnesota premieres in Hennepin Theatre Trust’s 2016-17 Broadway on Hennepin season

Old favorites and five Minnesota premieres in Hennepin Theatre Trust’s 2016-17 Broadway on Hennepin season

Pamela Espeland MinnPost January 29, 2016   “Wicked” returns. So do Roundabout Theatre’s Tony-winning “Cabaret” revival, and“Motown the Musical,” “Rent” and “Mama Mia!” But the 2016-17 Broadway on Hennepin season isn’t just about old favorites. Announced earlier this week by Hennepin Theatre Trust, it also includes five Minnesota premieres. New to Minneapo...

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Hennepin Trust to bring Tony winners ‘Fun Home’ and ‘Curious Incident’ to Minneapolis

Hennepin Trust to bring Tony winners ‘Fun Home’ and ‘Curious Incident’ to Minneapolis

Graydon Royce Star Tribune January 26, 2016   Hennepin Trust to bring Tony winners 'Fun Home' and 'Curious Incident' to Minneapolis Hennepin Theatre Trust announces 10 Broadway shows for 2016-17 season. The bad news is that "Hamilton," Broadway's hottest ticket, is not on the horizon for the Twin Cities. But the Hennepin Theatre Trust announced Tuesday that it has secured "Fun H...

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Annie Enneking Gives Riveting Performance in Moving “Lullaby” at the Ritz

Annie Enneking Gives Riveting Performance in Moving “Lullaby” at the Ritz

John Townsend Lavender Magazine January 26, 2016   Closure is one of the biggest issues all of us must contend with as human beings. When we don’t find closure regarding traumatic events — which we all have — the ramifications spill over and bleed into our life stream. Playwright Michael Elyanow has ingeniously structured the problem of closure on three tracks in his extraord...

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LULLABY: Regional Review

LULLABY: Regional Review

Arthur Dorman Talkin' Broadway January 22, 2016 Lullaby, billed as a play with music, is a brand new work written by Michael Elyanow and developed by Theater Latté Da as part of their Next 20/20 initiative. Lullaby had a developmental staging last season and was swiftly shepherded to its current full production at the Ritz Theater. The result: Lullaby is a deeply moving work. Its character...

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Theater Latte Da’s ‘Lullaby’ hits the right note

Theater Latte Da’s ‘Lullaby’ hits the right note

Chris Hewitt The Pioneer Press January 17, 2016   If music can help us heal, can it also make us hurt? That's one of the themes suggested by "Lullaby," the play-with-songs being given its world premiere production by Theater Latte Da. That's not all the play is about, of course. There are but four characters in "Lullaby" but, over the course of 90 minutes or so, they grapple with...

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“Lullaby” by Theater Latte Da at the Ritz Theater

“Lullaby” by Theater Latte Da at the Ritz Theater

Jill Schafer Cherry and Spoon January 17, 2016   2015 was my 5th full year as a Twin Cities Theater Blogger, and I saw a record high 200+ shows. When I look at those numbers, or at my busy schedule, I sometimes think, why do I do this? Why do I devote all of my free time to this part-time job for which I don't get paid? And then I see a show that reminds me why I do this. That remin...

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Lullaby by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Ritz Theater

Lullaby by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Ritz Theater

David and Chelsea Berglund How Was The Show? January 17, 2016   A world premiere written by Michael Elyanow and directed by Jeremy Cohen, Lullaby (Theatre Latté Da, through Feb 7 performing at the Ritz Theater) is a story of family drama, broken relationships, mental illness, and grief aided by contemporary rock tunes. To those who are familiar, this may sound a lot like 2008’s B...

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10 Years in the Making, LULLABY Finishes Long Trip to the Stage

10 Years in the Making, LULLABY Finishes Long Trip to the Stage

Ed Huyck City Pages January 12, 2016   The spark for Lullaby, Michael Elyanow’s new play with music, came more than a decade ago when his young son had trouble at night. “I’ve been singing lullabies to my son since he was six days old," he says. "When he was two, he would never go to sleep. That is where the original germ of the musical came from.” That was a decade ag...

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BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with LULLABY’s Annie Enneking

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with LULLABY’s Annie Enneking

Kristen Hirsch Montag Broadway World Minneapolis January 11, 2016 Annie Enneking is a long-time presence in Twin Cities theatre and music scenes, where she acts, sings and choreographs fights and violence for productions. LULLABY is a brand-new show brought to life at Theater Latte Da that features all-original, alternative rock music. In it, Enneking plays Thea, the strong-willed, loca...

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10 questions with ‘Lullaby’ director Jeremy B. Cohen

10 questions with ‘Lullaby’ director Jeremy B. Cohen

Chris Hewitt Pioneer Press January 14, 2016 10 questions with 'Lullaby' director Jeremy B. Cohen At this moment, it is difficult for director Jeremy B. Cohen to separate his personal and professional lives. For starters, he is directing Theater Latte Da's world premiere of the play-with-music, "Lullaby," which was written by his husband, Michael Elyanow. In this case, the distinction betw...

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A MinnPost Pick

A MinnPost Pick

Pamela Espeland MinnPost January 16, 2016 The picks Starts tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 13) at the Ritz Theater: Michael Elyanow’s “Lullaby.”Hoping to learn to play lullabies for her infant son, a widowed young mother takes guitar lessons from a local has-been rocker turned bar owner. Together, they bond over tricky chords and haunted pasts. Part of Theater Latté Da’s ambitious NEXT 20/...

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Lullaby: A new kind of musical

Lullaby: A new kind of musical

Ellen Burkhardt The Growler January 13, 2016 Artistic inspiration doesn’t always strike in the way we think it will. It can come from anywhere at anytime—even from your insomniac two-year-old who refuses to adhere to any sort of sleep schedule. Such was the situation playwright Michael Elyanow found himself in 10 years ago. Elyanow and his husband were living in North Hampton, Massac...

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MORE HOT PIES!

MORE HOT PIES!

  Theater Latté Da extends Sondheim’s gruesome, gritty musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street   “DROP EVERYTHING AND GO SEE SWEENEY TODD!” –City Pages “Sweeney Todd cuts like a knife!” –Star Tribune “The runaway hit of this year’s season.” –MinnPost “It's bloody great!”—St Paul Pioneer Press  “One of the best productions to...

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Theater Latté Da’s ‘Sweeney Todd’: It’s spectacular

Theater Latté Da’s ‘Sweeney Todd’: It’s spectacular

Pamela Espeland MinnPost September 29, 2015 Writing about Theater Latté Da’s latest, Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd,”which opened Saturday at the Ritz, requires a big, overflowing bucket of superlatives. It’s spectacular. It could easily be the runaway hit of this year’s season. Everyone involved – the cast, the musicians and the production team – seems to know they...

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DROP EVERYTHING AND GO SEE SWEENEY TODD

DROP EVERYTHING AND GO SEE SWEENEY TODD

Ed Huyck City Pages September 29, 2015 No, really. Get your tickets today. Hell, if you need to, call Peter Rothstein and demand that he get the cast together to put on the show on a day off. If you have any interest in musical theater, or just plain awesome acting, you have to see Theatre Latte Da's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Performed on a set that looks like a pla...

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Theater Latte’ Da’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ cuts like a knife

Theater Latte’ Da’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ cuts like a knife

Graydon Royce Star Tribune September 29, 2015 When the opening sound cue provokes spontaneous applause, one tends to sit up and take notice. So it was with the shrieking factory whistle that locked our heads and hearts into Theater Latté Da’s pulsing production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Peter Rothstein’s staging opened Saturday in the beautifully apt Ritz T...

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Theater Latte Da’s ‘Sweeney Todd’: It’s bloody good

Theater Latte Da’s ‘Sweeney Todd’: It’s bloody good

Chris Hewitt St. Paul Pioneer Press September 27, 2015 A song title in "Sweeney Todd" also works as a review of Theater Latte Da's spectacular production: "God, That's Good!" The most rousing song in the show, it's a comic number sung by delighted people who are unknowingly eating meat pies made with human flesh -- and that's a pretty good metaphor for the complexity of Stephen Sondheim an...

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“Sweeney Todd” by Theater Latte Da at the Ritz Theater

“Sweeney Todd” by Theater Latte Da at the Ritz Theater

Jill Schafer Cherry and Spoon September 27, 2015 Friends, Theater Latte Da has done it again. They've created a music-theater production that is so stirring and chilling, it's nothing short of brilliant. After the delightfully innovative and stripped-down Into the Woods this spring, they return to Sondheim with a similarly innovative and stripped-down Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet S...

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Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Ritz Theater

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Ritz Theater

John Olive How Was The Show. com September 26, 2015 Mark Benninghfen, who plays the eponymous character in Stephen Sondheim‘s giddy and brilliantly tuneful revenge fantasia, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (Theater Latté Da, performing at the Ritz Theater, through Oct 25) is a revelation: board stiff with anger and bloodlust, lean and angular, ready at any moment to explod...

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Mark Benninghofen sharpens singing voice for Theater Latté Da’s ‘Sweeney Todd’

Mark Benninghofen sharpens singing voice for Theater Latté Da’s ‘Sweeney Todd’

Mark Benninghofen sharpens singing voice for Theater Latté Da's 'Sweeney Todd' By Graydon Royce The Star Tribune September 25, 2015 Razor-sharp actor Mark Benninghofen takes on “Sweeney Todd,” his first musical. This is Mark Benninghofen’s stage. At the end of a long hallway in the Minneapolis Lumber Exchange building, Benninghofen welcomes a visitor to Shout Creative — his vo...

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What makes a show like ‘Sweeney Todd’ worth staging again and again?

What makes a show like ‘Sweeney Todd’ worth staging again and again?

What makes a show like 'Sweeney Todd' worth staging again and again? By Chris Hewitt The Pioneer Press September 24, 2015 For director Peter Rothstein, there are two main reasons to revisit frequently performed shows. "Certain pieces feel like they come off the shelf because of what's happening in the world now, because they resonate in a new way. And there are also pieces that are...

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Veteran Actor Mark Benninghofen Makes Musical Debut as Sweeney Todd

Veteran Actor Mark Benninghofen Makes Musical Debut as Sweeney Todd

Veteran Actor Mark Benninghofen Makes Musical Debut as Sweeney Todd By Ed Huyck City Pages September 24, 2015   fter an intense season that included a key role in Juno and the Paycock, Mark Benninghofen was ready for a break. Things didn’t go exactly according to plan. “I was sitting on my deck one morning and saw that Theatre Latte Da had announced Sweeney Todd as part...

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Sweeney Todd is “Dark, Cool, Murderous”

Sweeney Todd is “Dark, Cool, Murderous”

Dark, Cool, Murderous By  Logan Carroll Minnesota Monthly September 23, 2015 Mark Benninghofen talks with Minnesota Monthly in the lobby of the Ritz Theater about his role as Sweeney Todd in Theater Latté Da’s production of the Steven Sondheim Musical (which opens Sept. 23 and runs through Oct. 25). Benninghofen, who had never auditioned for a musical before, explains his past aversio...

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Top cast set for Latté Da’s ‘Sweeney Todd’

Top cast set for Latté Da’s ‘Sweeney Todd’

August 26, 2015 By Pamela Espeland MinnPost As we sat in the Park Square Theatre in April, watching Mark Benninghofen and Sally Wingert play two former lovers snowed in at an airport in Steven Dietz’s “Shooting Star,” we never once looked at Benninghofen and thought, “Now there’sthe next demon barber of Fleet Street.” Last December, when we saw him in Dark & Stormy’s pr...

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Mark Benninghofen will play lead in Latte Da’s “Sweeney”

Mark Benninghofen will play lead in Latte Da’s “Sweeney”

August 21, 2015 By Graydon Royce Star Tribune Actor Mark Benninghofen will perform the title role in Theater Latte Da’s production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” which opens Sept. 26 at the Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis. Artistic director Peter Rothstein said over coffee Friday that he chose the longtime Guthrie favorite to play alongside Sally Wingert...

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Theater Latté Da stages Stephen Sondheim’s gruesome, gritty musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with a bloody awesome, razor sharp cast!

Theater Latté Da stages Stephen Sondheim’s gruesome, gritty musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with a bloody awesome, razor sharp cast!

August 25, 2015 The production features Twin Cities powerhouse Sally Wingert in a thrilling turn as the resourceful pie shop proprietress Mrs. Lovett; local, award-winning, triple-threat Tyler Michaels as the unwitting Tobias Ragg; and announcing celebrated and charismatic theater, film and television actor Mark Benninghofen in the title role. Performances begin September 23 at the Ritz Theat...

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Theater Latté Da plans two world premieres and ‘Sweeney Todd’ for its 2015-16 season

Theater Latté Da plans two world premieres and ‘Sweeney Todd’ for its 2015-16 season

By Graydon Royce 6/26/15 Five shows are on the slate next season, including two world premieres and a revival of “Gypsy.”  Theater Latté Da is expanding its presence next season, with five shows that include two world premieres. The company, which this week announced its 18th season, is also establishing itself at the Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis for most shows next year. Arti...

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Theater Latté Da Announces 2015–16 Season

Theater Latté Da Announces 2015–16 Season

The theatre’s new season will contain two world premieres as part of a new five-year initiative to develop musical theatre works. BY AMERICAN THEATRE EDITORS MINNEAPOLIS: Theater Latté Da has announced its 2015–16 line up of musicals, which will include two world premieres as part of a new musical-theatre initiative. Theater Latté Da’s 18th season will begin with th...

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Latté Da plans ambitious season

Latté Da plans ambitious season

By Pamela Espeland 6/24/15 Theater Latté Da just had the most successful season in its 17-year history: a thrilling “Master Class” with Sally Wingert as Maria Callas (smartly staged like a real master class at MacPhail), a steampunk “Oliver!” with Bradley Greenwald as Fagin, and a magical “Into the Woods” with Greta Oglesby as the Witch, plus the final “All Is Calm” with Cantu...

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Theater Latte Da announces 2015-16 season

Theater Latte Da announces 2015-16 season

By Chris Hewitt chewitt@pioneerpress.com 6/24/15 Sondheim fans who liked Theater Latte Da last season, when it produced an innovative take on his "Into the Woods," will love it this season, when Latte Da does two (well, one and a half) Sondheim shows: Sally Wingert and Tyler Michaels, featured in Latte Da's "Cabaret," will reunite with that show's director, Peter Rothstein, to kick things o...

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Theater Latté Da announces an expanded five-show season—including two world premieres

Theater Latté Da announces an expanded five-show season—including two world premieres

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) On the heels of its most successful season ever, Theater Latté Da today announced an expanded five-show season and a robust new work initiative. The adventurous season features a gruesome masterpiece, an iconic Broadway musical and an all-new production of a holiday favorite. The season also includes two world premieres—launching NEXT 20/20, Theater Latté Da’s rigorous...

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NEXT continues Thursday with THE LAST QUEEN OF CANAAN

NEXT continues Thursday with THE LAST QUEEN OF CANAAN

For Immediate Release May 6, 2015 Contact: Seena Hodges seena@latteda.org 612-767-5646 office NEXT: New Musicals in the Making continues Thursday with THE LAST QUEEN OF CANAAN   The series features readings of new musicals from a dynamic group of playwrights, composers and lyricists including recent McKnight Foundation Playwriting Fellowship recipient Harrison David Rivers (THE LAST QU...

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NEXT: New Musicals in the Making begins Thursday!

NEXT: New Musicals in the Making begins Thursday!

For Immediate Release   April 28, 2015   Contact: Seena Hodges seena@latteda.org 612-767-5646 office   NEXT: New Musicals in the Making begins Thursday! The series features readings of new musicals from a dynamic group of playwrights, composers and lyricists including award-winning writer Michael Elyanow and singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke (LULLABY); recent M...

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Theater Latté Da announces titles for NEXT: New Musicals in the Making

Theater Latté Da announces titles for NEXT: New Musicals in the Making

For Immediate Release   April 16, 2015   Contact: Seena Hodges seena@latteda.org 612-767-5646 office   Theater Latté Da announces titles for NEXT: New Musicals in the Making—a new work series showcasing three new musicals in various stages of development.  Featuring staged readings from Minneapolis based, award-winning playwright Michael Elyanow, Playwrights...

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Theater Latté Da wins City Pages Best of 2014 Awards

Theater Latté Da wins City Pages Best of 2014 Awards

City Pages Excerpts from: City Pages Best of 2014 Arts and Entertainment April 15, 2015   Best Director 2015- Peter Rothstein   Rothstein spun silk last year with Theater Latté Da, starting with a big, bold, and invigorating Cabaret,where you could almost taste the decay in the final days before Hitler's reign in Germany. That was followed by a transformative Our Town, and a...

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Theater Latté Da stages a magical journey “Into the Woods”

Theater Latté Da stages a magical journey “Into the Woods”

Lisa Brock Star Tribune March 10, 2015 Theater Latté Da’s “Into the Woods” excels in many ways, but one is apparent before the show even starts: perhaps the best use ever of unlikely materials in a scenic design. The first thing to meet the eyes of audiences filing into the Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis is a fantastical forest of trees molded entirely out of snow fencing. It’...

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“Into the Woods” by Theater Latte Da at the Ritz Theater

“Into the Woods” by Theater Latte Da at the Ritz Theater

Jill Schafer Cherry and Spoon  March 8, 2015 I first saw the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical fairy tale mash up Into the Woods four years ago, and have seen it several times since then, including the recent star-studded movie. Every time I see it I like it more. I think Sondheim is like Shakespeare in that it has a very specific rhythm and cadence to it that takes a minute to get use...

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‘OLIVER!’ presents steampunk Dickens

‘OLIVER!’ presents steampunk Dickens

Kristin Tillotson Star Tribune February 9, 2015 At a time when income inequality in the United States has never been higher, we could all use a bit of updated Dickens. Theater Latté Da’s new staging of “Oliver!” is just the soot-stained ticket. The reworked Broadway classic serves up plenty of fun alongside its cruel poverty, but does so without over-sugaring the gruel. Director Pet...

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OLIVER!: The Clanking Heart of Darkness

OLIVER!: The Clanking Heart of Darkness

Ed Huyck City Pages February 9, 2015 For the first half-hour or so of the Theatre Latte Da/Hennepin Theatre Trust's Oliver!, you have a perfectly fine production of Lionel Bart's Oliver! Then Bradley Greenwald enters the picture and ramps the show up to 11. As he has done so often over the years, Greenwald takes command of a character and makes it hard to imagine anyone else in the role....

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“OLIVER!” review: Darker than the movie – and more realistic

“OLIVER!” review: Darker than the movie – and more realistic

Chris Hewitt St. Paul Pioneer Press February 8, 2015 If you think of "Oliver," you probably picture apple-cheeked orphans, cheerily singing that it sure would be swell if they could have another bowl of gruel, sort of a pre-"Annie" "Annie." But a new production of "Oliver" offers a much less apple-cheeked take on the show. Opening with a blood-curdling wail, a loud factory whistle and a...

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MSP Mag Review: Master Class is Masterful and Classy

MSP Mag Review: Master Class is Masterful and Classy

MSP Mag Tad Simons 10/20/2014 If you are any kind of theater buff, by now you’ve heard that Theatre Latte Da’s production of Terrence McNally’s Master Class, starring Sally Wingert as the legendary opera diva Maria Callas, has been extended through November 9. “Popular demand” is always the reason given for such extensions, but the reasons for the demand in this case are twof...

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BWW Reviews: In Theater Latte Da’s Magnificent Production of MASTER CLASS, Sally Wingert Embodies the Legendary Maria Callas

BWW Reviews: In Theater Latte Da’s Magnificent Production of MASTER CLASS, Sally Wingert Embodies the Legendary Maria Callas

Broadway World By Jill Schafer October 14, 2014 I don't know opera, and I don't believe I had ever heard the name Maria Callas before seeing Theater Latte Da's Master Class. But I have been educated. I now know that Maria Callas was one of the most talented, dedicated, and fascinating artists of the 20th century. Her paintbrush was her voice, her canvas was the stage, her creation was ope...

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Sally Wingert Shines as the Core of Master Class

Sally Wingert Shines as the Core of Master Class

City Pages By Ed Huyck October 14, 2014 While talking about performing with Theatre Latte Da in Master Class last week, Sally Wingert said she would would do "Mary Had a Little Lamb" if director Peter Rothstein was in charge. It's safe to say that I -- or any theatergoer -- would definitely pay to see Wingert read an evening of children's verse. Heck, I'd come out for a night of dramatized eBa...

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After ‘Master Class,’ you’ll want more; ‘Wonderland’ reading at the Weisman

After ‘Master Class,’ you’ll want more; ‘Wonderland’ reading at the Weisman

Star Tribune By Pamela Espeland October 14, 2014 Time flies during “Master Class,” the Tony-winning play by Terrence McNally that opened Friday. Not because it moves through the years – most of it takes place during a few hours on a single day – but because it’s over too soon and we’re left wanting more. More stories, more singing, and more Sally Wingert, who takes on the dauntin...

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Sally Wingert is masterful in ‘Master Class’

Sally Wingert is masterful in ‘Master Class’

Star Tribune By Graydon Royce October 13, 2014 REVIEW: Sally Wingert slips into the restless and enigmatic skin of legendary soprano Maria Callas in “Master Class.” Maria Callas is hectoring a student about “presence.” “I’m drinking water and I have presence!” she insists. It is a throwaway moment dramatically, but it says so much about the opera legend in “Master Class.”...

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‘Master Class’ review: Sally Wingert masters Maria Callas

‘Master Class’ review: Sally Wingert masters Maria Callas

Pioneer Press By Renee Valois October 12, 2014 "Master Class" is supposed to be about a class that opera diva Maria Callas taught at the Juilliard School of Music back in the early 70s. But it's actually a master turn in acting by Sally Wingert. Minnesota audiences are notorious for giving practically every production they see a standing ovation, but here it's justified. Wingert puts on a clin...

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Master Class produced by Theater Latte Da at McPhail Center for Music

Master Class produced by Theater Latte Da at McPhail Center for Music

How was the Show By Janet Preus October 12, 2014 Imagine sitting as an observer in a master class taught by Maria Callas, the enormously gifted and equally controversial singer who literally changed 20th century opera in her relatively short lifetime. This is the world we’re part of in Theater Latte Da’s production of Terrence McNally’s “Master Class.” Sally Wingert as the famous div...

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Sally Wingert Prepares for Challenges of Master Class

Sally Wingert Prepares for Challenges of Master Class

City Pages By Ed Huyck October 9, 2014 Tackling Terrence McNally's Master Class -- his examination of the life, career, and soul of real-life opera diva Maria Callas -- is not something to be done lightly. Theatre Latte Da's Peter Rothstein knows this, as he directed the show for Park Square more than a decade ago. Prime among the concerns? Having a strong actor in mind for the main role. E...

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Theater Latte Da’s Master Class: Eight things to expect

Theater Latte Da’s Master Class: Eight things to expect

MPR By Jay Gabler October 10, 2014 MINNEAPOLIS — Theater Latte Da is presenting Terrence McNally's Master Class at MacPhail Center for the Arts' Antonello Hall. If you're considering attending this play about the later years of legendary soprano Maria Callas, here are eight things to expect.   1. Expect to hear Maria Callas — but not Sally Wingert — sing. Though Callas is heard in re...

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1 week, 2 openings: Peter Rothstein’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Master Class’

1 week, 2 openings: Peter Rothstein’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Master Class’

MinnPost By Pamela Espeland October 9, 2014 Peter Rothstein is living the dream. He has two plays opening this weekend, Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” at Open Book and Terrence McNally’s “Master Class,” a fictionalized account of the time soprano Maria Callas spent coaching students at Juilliard, at MacPhail Center for Music. He’s directing the Shakespeare for Ten Thousand T...

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Theater: ‘Bigger than big’ soprano Maria Callas recalled in ‘Master Class’

Theater: ‘Bigger than big’ soprano Maria Callas recalled in ‘Master Class’

Star Tribune By Graydon Royce October 9, 2014 Director Peter Rothstein and star Sally Wingert consider the complex life of fierce diva Maria Callas in “Master Class.” Peter Rothstein generally does not revisit shows he has directed — annual holiday remounts notwithstanding. The Theater Latté Da artistic director has made an exception with “Master Class,” which opens Saturday at the...

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Why I love theater

Why I love theater

City Pages By Ed Huyck July 9, 2014 City Pages' theater critic shows theater is better than anything on a flat-screen TV The basement of the Soap Factory in Minneapolis isn't the most inviting place to see a show. The concrete floor saps the heat from your feet, while stiff, plastic chairs don't portend an evening of comfort. Neither does the tiny audience, which can be counted on two hands....

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Theater: Latté Da stirs Callas, Sondheim and more for 2014-15 season

Theater: Latté Da stirs Callas, Sondheim and more for 2014-15 season

Star Tribune By Graydon Royce June 17, 2014 Theater Latté Da brings familiar faces to the stage in some unfamiliar places. Sally Wingert, who played Fräulein Schneider in “Cabaret,” returns as Maria Callas in “Master Class.” The play shows Callas reflecting on her life and career as she coaches opera students at Juilliard. Artistic Director Peter Rothstein directed this Terrence McNa...

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Playwrights’ Center Announces McKnight Theater Artists

Playwrights’ Center Announces McKnight Theater Artists

Star Tribune By Graydon Royce June 12, 2014 The Playwrights’ Center has named Sally Wingert, Austene Van and Mathew LeFebvre as McKnight Theater Artists. The award comes with $25,000 and also provides $7,000 to develop new theatrical work. Wingert has worked on Twin Cities stages for more than 30 years. In 2013, she was selected the Star Tribune’s Artist of the Year. She’s most often see...

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Sally Awards’ honorees; Theater Latté Da’s new Season

Sally Awards’ honorees; Theater Latté Da’s new Season

MinnPost By Pamela Espeland June 10, 2014 Each year for the past 22 years, the Sally Awards have honored not only artists, but also individuals and institutions that bring us artists and their art. This year’s Sally Awards, held last night at the Ordway, were dedicated to the memory of Sue McLean, the Twin Cities concert promoter who died last spring. The Education Award went to Elizabeth J...

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Not Your Average George, David Darrow

Not Your Average George, David Darrow

Broadway World Minneapolis By Noah Lee Jordan March 29, 2014 David Darrow, with his curly hair tucked under a baseball cap, is sitting in the house of The Lab Theater, which is full of hanging light bulbs that when illuminated will resemble something of a star-filled sky. As we chat, I can't help but feel a teeny bit nervous. Only a few months ago my close friend and I sat ogling Darrow's s...

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Community of performers excel in ‘Our Town’

Community of performers excel in ‘Our Town’

City Pages Ed Huyck March 19, 2014 It's easy to be cynical about Our Town, Thornton Wilder's look at the rhythms of small-town life in turn-of-the-20thcentury New England. Over the years, countless mediocre productions have stripped the play of its inner beauty and power, leaving behind memories of dull acting and dusty characters. It just takes one great production, however, to chang...

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Latte Da lets enduring appeal of ‘Our Town’ shine through

Latte Da lets enduring appeal of ‘Our Town’ shine through

Star Tribune Lisa Brock March 17, 2014 Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” may be seventy-five years old but, as Theater Latté Da’s current production demonstrates, this classic of the American theatrical canon is no creaking dinosaur. In fact, what this production, which opened in Minneapolis on Saturday, singularly demonstrates is that “Our Town” needs no innovation to prove its ind...

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Putting the ‘Our’ in ‘Our Town’

Putting the ‘Our’ in ‘Our Town’

Pioneer Press By Chris Hewitt March 18, 2014 The new production of “Our Town,” being produced by Theater Latte Da at The Lab Theatre in Minneapolis, is very much about including the audience in the experience of the classic play, which is set in a small New England town about 100 years ago. That effort begins before you even enter the theater. In the lobby of the Lab, Latte Da staffer...

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‘Our Town’ review: A fresh take on the classic, with music

‘Our Town’ review: A fresh take on the classic, with music

Pioneer Press Chris Hewitt March 16, 2014 Thornton Wilder's plainspoken masterpiece "Our Town" has been done to death, but is it still possible to bring it to life? At least two recent-ish productions say yes. An already-legendary Chicago-then-off-Broadway production from a couple of years ago emphasized the blistering anger and waste in the sometimes-sentimental play about life in a small...

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“Our Town” by Theater Latte Da at the Lab Theater

“Our Town” by Theater Latte Da at the Lab Theater

Cherry and Spoon Jill Schafer March 16, 2014 Thornton Wilder's Our Town is an American classic, first produced over 70 years ago, and continuing through the years with frequent productions in theaters and schools around the country. It's a simple story really; its three acts explore the ideas of "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Dying" through the interconnected residents of...

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Wendy Lehr takes on the Stage Manager in Latte Da’s Our Town

Wendy Lehr takes on the Stage Manager in Latte Da’s Our Town

City Pages By Ed Huyck March 12, 2014 Wendy Lehr first encountered Thornton Wilder's Our Town as a teenager. "It was a watershed moment for me. We read it in English class. When my teacher got to Emily's speech, she was weeping in class. It opened my eyes a bit," she says. Lehr returns to the show starting this weekend, performing as the Stage Manager in Theatre Latte Da's music-infused...

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Peter Rothstein Q&A: On his new ‘then and now’ staging of ‘Our Town’

Peter Rothstein Q&A: On his new ‘then and now’ staging of ‘Our Town’

MinnPost By Pamela Espeland March 13, 2014 It’s easy to dismiss Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Our Town” as simple, sentimental and bland. Set in the fictional small town of Grover’s Corners, N.H., at the start of the 20th century, it has a minimal set and no scenery. The story is uncomplicated – the three acts are titled Daily Life, Love and Marriage, and Death...

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Tony Nominee Laura Osnes Has a Perfectly Marvelous Time with the Cast of Cabaret in Minnesota

Tony Nominee Laura Osnes Has a Perfectly Marvelous Time with the Cast of Cabaret in Minnesota

Broadway.com By Ryan Gilbert January 31, 2014 No troubles here! Laura Osnes heads to the 'Cabaret!' What happens when a Broadway princess needs to take a load off? She heads to the Kit Kat Klub, of course! Laura Osnes, who just finished her celebrated run in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, recently took a trip to her home state of Minnesota to party with the cast of Theater Latté Da...

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“All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” at the Pantages Theatre: We Will Remember Them

“All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” at the Pantages Theatre: We Will Remember Them

December 24th, 2013 Written by: Claire Matthews-Lingen Published by: Twin Cities Daily Planet All Is Calm, The Christmas Truce of 1914 is a beautiful, interpretive show. All Is Calm is being preformed by Theater LatteDa at Pantages Theater in Minneapolis from Dec-19 through the 22. This show is very simple and while a little dull it was done well and had a plain elegance to it. Plus the singe...

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Best of Theater, 2013: The power of one and the power of story

Best of Theater, 2013: The power of one and the power of story

December 30th, 2013 Written by: Rohan Preston Published by: Star Tribune One-person shows are difficult to pull off, but when they succeed, they can be as absorbing and transporting as the biggest blockbuster musical. Solo shows claim half the spots on this list of the best Twin Cities productions I saw in 2013. 1. “700 Sundays,” Orpheum. Billy Crystal was warmly enthralling as he shar...

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Jazz, holiday music are among best bets for Dec. 20-26

Jazz, holiday music are among best bets for Dec. 20-26

December 19th, 2013 Written by: Dominic P. Papalota Published by: Pioneer Press Theater: All Is Calm Through Dec. 22: A few years ago, Theatre Latte Da dispensed with its goofy perennial holiday show ("A Christmas Carole Petersen") and, joining with men's vocal musical ensemble Cantus, developed this more serious-minded work. It depicts the real-life story of a spontaneous holiday truce...

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“All is Calm” by Theater Latte Da at the Pantages Theatre

“All is Calm” by Theater Latte Da at the Pantages Theatre

December 21st, 2013 Written by: Jill Published by: www.cherryandspoon.com If you see one Christmas-themed theatrical event this year, let it be All is Calm. Unlike most Christmas shows, there is not a red and green banner, brightly wrapped present, or figgy pudding in sight. It does not present the usual frenetic cheery energy associated with the holiday. Instead it is quiet and lovely, joy...

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THEATER REVIEW | “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” finds peace at the Pantages Theatre

THEATER REVIEW | “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” finds peace at the Pantages Theatre

December 19, 2013 Written by: Betsy Gabler Published by: Twin Cities Daily Planet Al Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 is enjoying its sixth anniversary (and six performances only) from December 19-22, 2013 at the Pantages Theatre. Featuring Cantus, an accomplished vocal ensemble along with three actors, Theater Latte Da’s artistic director Peter Rothstein artfully recalls the historic...

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Theater Latte Da’s ALL IS CALM Opens Tonight at the Pantages Theatre

Theater Latte Da’s ALL IS CALM Opens Tonight at the Pantages Theatre

December 19th, 2013 Written by: BWW News Desk Published by: www.broadwayworld.com All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 opens next week, playing tonight, December 19-22, 2013 at the Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by Peter Rothsteinfeatures music arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach and will be directed by ...

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Star Tribune Theater: “The Longest Night” and “All is Calm”

Star Tribune Theater: “The Longest Night” and “All is Calm”

Published by Star Tribune December 19, 2013 By Graydon Royce It’s Dec. 20, and there are only eight hours, 46 minutes and 11 seconds of daylight today. It gets worse on Saturday, the winter solstice. We lose another 2 seconds. But hang in there, dear friends as second by second, we will climb out of the dark. (The mind-numbing cold is another story — one measured in months, not minu...

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Steerage Song: Thousands are sailing

Steerage Song: Thousands are sailing

October 1st, 2013 Written by: Ed Huyck Published by: City Pages Simplicity can be its own reward. Using no more than music and words drawn from the era, Theatre Latte Da's Steerage Song builds a full vision of the European immigrant experience to the United States during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The show follows the journey millions of immigrants took in that era, from their h...

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‘Steerage Song’ review: Moving music and words tell immigrants’ tales

‘Steerage Song’ review: Moving music and words tell immigrants’ tales

September 29th, 2013 Written by: Renee Valois Published by: Pioneer Press There's a new show in town that takes us on a journey through the past with repercussions in the present. Because immigration reform is a hot-button topic, "Steerage Song" is timely, even though it covers the long-ago years of 1840-1924. In that golden age of immigration to America, as many as a million people arrived o...

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BWW Reviews: Theater Latte Da’s STEERAGE SONG Beautifully Tells Immigrants Tales

BWW Reviews: Theater Latte Da’s STEERAGE SONG Beautifully Tells Immigrants Tales

September 30th, 2013 Written by: Erin Nagel Published by: broadwayworld.com Could you make the decision to bid farewell to your family and homeland with the prospect of a better life in the New World? Not knowing if or when you would see them again? That is the tough choice millions of immigrants to America faced from 1840-1924 during the golden age of immigration to America. Steerage Song cr...

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“Steerage Song” by Theater Latte Da at the Lab Theater

“Steerage Song” by Theater Latte Da at the Lab Theater

September 29, 2013 Written by: Jill Published by: www.cherryandspoon.com Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! These words (by poet Emma Lazarus) were engraved on a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty in 1903,...

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Steerage Song by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Lab Theater

Steerage Song by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Lab Theater

September 28th, 2013 Written by: John Olive Published by: www.howwastheshow.com What a grand adventure! To pack your belongings into a few small suitcases and then, traveling alone or perhaps with your wife and children, to say good-bye – Permanently! Never to see them again! – to your friends and family in the old world. To take passage in the fetid steerage hold of a west-bound ste...

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Immigration: Newcomers carry America’s secret

Immigration: Newcomers carry America’s secret

September 30th, 2013 Written by: Peter Rothstein Published by: Star Tribune Half of all Americans can trace their family history to someone who passed through Ellis Island. Other than our Native American citizens, each of us is an immigrant or descendant of immigrants. My Irish and German ancestors came to this land of promise to escape poverty and injustice. They came to secure the Americ...

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Theater Latté Da prepares new musical “Steerage Song”

Theater Latté Da prepares new musical “Steerage Song”

Peter Rothstein and Dan Chouinard come together to musicalize Ellis Island. MN Daily By Joe Kellen September 26, 2013 Actor Sasha Andreev smiled as he sat in the lobby of the Lab Theater. “It’s kinda perfect,” he said. When you first walk into the space, you look up. There’s only seating for about 200 people, but it’s enormous in height. The brick-walled theater is exactly wha...

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American Theatre Wing

American Theatre Wing

THEATER LATTÉ DA RECEIVES RECOGNITION FROM THE AMERICAN THEATRE WING Theater Latté Da wins prized National Theatre Company Grant honor from Founder of the Tony Awards September 3, 2013 – Theater Latté Da is pleased to announce that the American Theatre Wing, best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards, is awarding the Company with one of the 2013 National The...

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Twin Cities theater wins national award

Twin Cities theater wins national award

September 3, 2013 by: Rohan Preston, Star Tribune. Theater Latté Da, the Twin Cities-based company founded and run by deft director Peter Rothstein, has won recognition from the American Theatre Wing, the New York outfit best known for producing the Tonys. Instead of a trophy, Latté Da gets cache and hard cash. The company is one of ten nationally that have each been awarded a $10,0...

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