STEERAGE SONG, ALL IS CALM, OUR TOWN and More Set for Theater Latte Da's 2013-14 Season
Theater Latté Da previously announced that a season of four adventures in musical storytelling and the continuation of a major new work development program will comprise its 16th Season. Slated for production are Steerage Song at The Lab Theater (today, September 25 - October 20, 2013), All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 at the Pantages Theatre (December 19-22, 2013), Cabaret at the Pantages Theatre (January 15 - February 9, 2014), and Our Town at The Lab Theater (March 12 - April 6, 2014). In spring 2014, the company will bring back NEXT: New Musicals in the Making, their program to develop new works for the musical theater canon.
In keeping with Theater Latté Da's mission to explore and expand the art of musical theater and to tell stories that resonate with our current world, the company will open their sixteenth season with Steerage Song at The Lab Theater September 25 - October 20, 2013. 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. The production will be directed by Theater Latté Da Artistic Director Peter Rothstein with musical direction by Dan Chouinard and choreography by Linda Talcott Lee. The cast features Bradley Greenwald, Dennis Curley, Sasha Andreev and Jennifer Grimm among others.
Back by popular demand, Theater Latté Da will once again join forces with Hennepin Theatre Trust and the renowned vocal ensemble Cantus to present All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. In 2007 Rothstein created what has become a holiday classic by melding European carols and war songs together with found text to tell the remarkable story of the World War I Christmas Truce. All Is Calm premiered on Minnesota Public Radio to great success, and has since been broadcast around the globe through
American Public Media and the European Broadcasting Union. All Is Calm will tour the country later this year ending with a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and six performances at the historic Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis, December 19-22, 2013.
Theater Latté Da returns to the Pantages Theatre January 15 - February 9, 2014, Cabaret, the provocative, Tony Award-winning musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb. With book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, Cabaret is the second installment of Broadway Re-Imagined, a dynamic partnership between Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust. It comes on the heels of partnership's hit production of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida. One of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time, Cabaret will be directed by Peter Rothstein, with musical direction by Denise Prosek and choreography by Michael Matthew Ferrell. The cast features Tyler Michaels as the Emcee. Michaels appeared as Melchior in Theater Latté Da's 2012 Ivey Award-winning production of Spring Awakening, presented in partnership with the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.
March 12 - April 6, 2014, Theater Latté Da returns to The Lab Theater for a compelling production of the great American play Our Town. For 75 years Thornton Wilder's play has played a profound role in American culture. Theater Latté Da will honor the play's 75th anniversary with a unique production, which infuses this Thornton Wilder classic with live music. A multi-cultural cast of actor musicians become the citizens of Grover's Corners in this exciting new concept directed by Rothstein with musical direction Denise Prosek.