Theater Latté Da Announces The Casts For The 2018 NEXT FESTIVALTheater Latté Da Announces The Casts For The 2018 NEXT FESTIVAL
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2018

Theater Latte Da hosts the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT)'s New Work Roundtable from Thursday, July 19 - Friday, July 20 as part of this year's NEXT Festival. (more...)

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with FIVE POINTS stars Ben Bakken and Lamar JeffersonBWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with FIVE POINTS stars Ben Bakken and Lamar Jefferson
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Apr 24, 2018

Dueling dancers played by Lamar Jefferson and Ben Bakken did the first-ever duel 6 Questions & a Plug to dish on being part of Theater Latte Da's world premiere musical in Northeast Minneapolis. (more...)

VIDEO: Get a Sneak Peek at Theater Latte Da's FIVE POINTSVIDEO: Get a Sneak Peek at Theater Latte Da's FIVE POINTS
by Stage Tube - Apr 19, 2018

BroadwayWorld is going inside Theater Latte Da's world premiere musical FIVE POINTS. Check out the cast in action in the video below! (more...)

Theater Latté Da Extends Performances Of FIVE POINTSTheater Latté Da Extends Performances Of FIVE POINTS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2018

Theater Latte Da announces extended performances of the rousing, world premiere musical FIVE POINTS thru May 13. 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 Latte Da Artistic Director Peter Rothstein directs the production with Resident Music Director Denise Prosek. Performances run now thru May 13 at the Ritz Theater (345 13th Avenue NE in Minneapolis). Single tickets go are on sale now and can be purchased at Latteda.org or by calling 612-339-3003. (more...)

Video: Get A First Look At The World Premiere Musical FIVE POINTSVideo: Get A First Look At The World Premiere Musical FIVE POINTS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2018

BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first look at Theater Latte Da's Broadway-aimed world premiere musical FIVE POINTS. Check out the cast in action in the photos below! (more...)

Exclusive: Get A First Look At The World Premiere Musical FIVE POINTSExclusive: Get A First Look At The World Premiere Musical FIVE POINTS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2018

BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first look at Theater Latte Da's Broadway-aimed world premiere musical FIVE POINTS. Check out the cast in action in the photos below! (more...)

THE WIZ at Children's Theatre CompanyTHE WIZ at Children's Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2018

Children's Theatre Company, in collaboration with Penumbra Theatre, presents THE WIZ. At the time of its opening on Broadway in 1974, THE WIZ was a modern retelling of The Wizard of Oz, featuring Soul-inspired songs and an entirely African-American cast. It was later adapted into a popular 1978 film starring Diana Ross and a young Michael Jackson. The Children's Theatre Company's production of THE WIZ opened on January 23rd and will run through March 18th. (more...)

BWW Review: Penumbra Theatre and Children's Theatre Company's First Collaboration is a Hit - the Fabulous and Inspirational THE WIZBWW Review: Penumbra Theatre and Children's Theatre Company's First Collaboration is a Hit - the Fabulous and Inspirational THE WIZ
by Jill Schafer - Jan 30, 2018

'Combining CTC's critical literacy work and Penumbra's racial justice work allows us to forge something together that neither could do alone.' These words in the playbill of THE WIZ, the first collaboration between these two acclaimed #TCTheater companies, brought tears to my eyes before the show even started. Especially after wading through a sea of children of all shapes, sizes, colors, and creeds. In an increasingly divided world, Penumbra (one of the longest-running and most acclaimed African American theater companies in the nation) and Children's Theatre (ditto for children's theater) give me hope, as individual companies and especially in this collaboration in which an all-black cast tells a story of a young black woman who discovers her own power through the help of friends. They give me hope that maybe we can overcome our seemingly insurmountable differences and join together in song and awesome dance to solve our problems. It's possible, right? Can't you feel a brand new day? Indeed I can. (more...)

Paris Bennett to Star in CTC & Penumbra's THE WIZ; Cast Announced!Paris Bennett to Star in CTC & Penumbra's THE WIZ; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2018

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) in partnership with Penumbra Theatre will present The Wiz, adapted from L. Frank Baum's classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. (more...)

Paris Bennett to Star in CTC & Penumbra's THE WIZ; Cast Announced!Paris Bennett to Star in CTC & Penumbra's THE WIZ; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2017

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) in partnership with Penumbra Theatre will present The Wiz, adapted from L. Frank Baum's classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. (more...)

BWW Review: World Premiere of GIRL SHAKES LOOSE Triumphs at Penumbra Theatre
by Karen Bovard - Apr 26, 2017

This fresh new musical is a terrific addition to the American musical canon, a show a lot of us have been waiting for. It's a rare thing: the main character is a young African-American woman struggling to find her way in present day USA. Without oversimplifying her struggles with love, sexuality, and work, it takes us all along on her search for self. Tuneful, funny, and soulful, GIRL SHAKES LOOSE is decidedly contemporary and honors the great Sonia Sanchez, a shining light of the Black Arts Movement. (more...)

Two SpotLight Student Winners Selected to Represent Minnesota at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2012

Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today that two students in the SpotLight Musical Theatre Program, Emily Nies from White Bear Lake High School and Daniel Piering from Wayzata High School, were selected to represent Minnesota at the National High School Musical Theatre "Jimmy" Awards to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2012 at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City. (more...)