VIDEO: Get a Sneak Peek at Theater Latte Da's FIVE POINTS
BroadwayWorld is going inside Theater Latté Da's world premiere musical FIVE POINTS. Check out the cast in action in the video below!
This latest and most ambitious musical world premiere to date brings together the talents of a dynamic creative team. The score is the work of Douglas Lyons and Ethan D. Pakchar, a New York-based songwriting team with significant Broadway credits. The book is written by the prolific Twin Cities-based playwright Harrison David Rivers, who has penned three world premieres this season including FIVE POINTS, as well as productions at the History Theatre and Penumbra Theatre. Theater Latté Da Artistic Director Peter Rothstein directs the production with Resident Music Director Denise Prosek.
Performances began April 4 at the Ritz Theater (345 13th Avenue NE in Minneapolis). Tickets can be purchased at latteda.org or by calling 612-339-3003.
FIVE POINTS is set in 1863 in the Five Points: a crucible neighborhood on Manhattan's Lower East Side during the volatile years of the Civil War. The neighborhood is the new home of free African Americans and impoverished European immigrants. Inspired by the confluence of African American and Irish cultures, and the birth of American tap dance, FIVE POINTS tells the story of historical figures John Diamond and Master Juba, who risk everything for the chance to be a part of the American Dream.
Rothstein brings together a dynamic cast featuring Ben Bakken as John Diamond, an immigrant and former Irish dance champion. Bakken appeared in Latté Da/Hennepin Theatre Trust's production of Aida and in Chanhassen Dinner Theatre's recent production of Grease. Lamar Jefferson is Willie Lane, a young black performer at the famed Almack's Dance Hall. Jefferson appeared in the Latté Da/Hennepin Theatre Trust production of Oliver and in the Guthrie's recent production of Sunday in the Park with George. Dieter Bierbrauer, currently in Latté Da's Assassins is P.T. Barnum. The cast includes Ann Michels (Latté Da: Parade) and Thomasina Petrus (Latté Da: NEXT FESTIVAL 2016 and 2017), recently seen in Penumbra Theatre's production in Girl Shakes Loose. The cast also features top-notch talent including Shinah Brashears, Ivory Doublette, Daniel Greco, John Jamison, LaMont Ridgell, Matt Riehle, Kendall Anne Thompson, Evan Tyler Wilson, and Alejandro Vega.
FIVE POINTS features choreography by Kelli Foster Warder, scenic design by Joel Sass, costume design by Trevor Bowen, and lighting design by Mary Shabatura.
Theater Latté Da is an award-winning Twin Cities musical theater company that combines music and story to illuminate the breadth and depth of the human experience. the company seeks to create new connections between story, music, artists, and audience by exploring and expanding the art of musical theater. www.latteda.org