Theater Latte Da
Minneapolis, MN 55414
City Pages' Description
Peter Rothstein loves musicals, and that comes through in every production at Theatre Latte Da. Over the years, Latte Da has built a strong reputation by bringing new or unfamiliar works to the stage and by finding fresh life in work you didn’t think had any beyond commercial success. Their successes can be absolutely spectacular. In 2012, Latte Da collaborated with the University of Minnesota for Spring Awakening, one of the most stunning, invigorating productions in recent memory in the Twin Cities. Latte Da also develops new work and the fruit of one of their collaborations has become a holiday staple. All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, created with vocalist group Cantus, plays to sellout audiences each Christmas season and is broadcast in public radio. The productions sometimes force you to reassess your earlier notions. In its original incarnation, The Full Monty was a glitzy and pleasing piece that was 100 percent Broadway. At Latte Da, it found some of the original grit and heart of the film, making for a much more compelling and engaging show. They’ve tackled Evita and Aida in recent years. With the latter, they began a relationship with the Hennepin Theater Trust, building a fresh audience for Latte Da’s signature style.
Inspired by the rich canvas of the human experience, Theater Latté Da (TLD) connects artists, audiences, and communities through diverse stories that are intimate, amusing, and enlightening. One of only a handful of theater companies in the country dedicated to innovative musical theater, TLD’s passion for a bold approach expands the genre by originating new works, radically reinventing classics from the musical theater canon, and experimenting with unusual forms, musical styles and storytelling techniques. TLD prizes the entire development and creative process and strives to attain the highest levels of artistic achievement.
In 1994, Theater Latté Da co-founders Peter Rothstein, Artistic Director, and Denise Prosek, Music Director, began their successful collaboration by privately producing five original cabarets to showcase the broad range of local artists’ talents. They discovered that by placing equal emphasis on both the music and the storytelling, they could weave tapestries of engaging, challenging, and often surprising narratives that resonate with people on many levels. TLD officially incorporated in 1998 and has remained committed to a rigorous experimentation with music and storytelling that expands the art form and speaks to a contemporary audience.
Now in its thirteenth season, TLD boasts an impressive history of work that has received significant popular and critical acclaim including 42 mainstage productions, 21 area premieres and 7 world premieres, and an ongoing cabaret series. As part of a current long-range planning process, the board of directors recently made a commitment to fully producing a new musical each season.
Theater Latté Da seeks to create new connections between story, music, artist, and audience by exploring and expanding the art of musical theater.
Theater Latté Da is celebrated locally and nationally as a beacon for advancing the art of musical storytelling through emotional, visceral, intellectual and ultimately transformative performances that resonate with our current world.
We believe in work that is BOLD, COLLABORATIVE, and ultimately TRANSFORMATIVE; we act with INTEGRITY and GRATITUDE.
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Voted best Theater by City Pages in 2011! The productions are creative and thrilling, whether the acts are big or small. The production of Violet was also voted Best Musical by City Pages in 2011.
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Under Joe Dowling's administration, the theater has gotten a little more experimental than its once strict classical approach to theater.
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Best Of Awards
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