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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

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 diva...
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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

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...
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Light in the Piazza by Theater Latte Da at the Ordway McKnight Theater

Light in the Piazza by Theater Latte Da at the Ordway McKnight Theater

Nobody does musical theater better than Theater Latté Da. Notice I didn’t qualify that with an “in the Twin Cities.” If theater were a competition (and thank heavens that it isn’t) this company could offer courses in how to do it right. I don’t gush often, but I’m gushing now. First lesson: How to...
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Aida by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Pantages Theatre

Aida by Theater Latté Da, performing at the Pantages Theatre

First the good: Aida (Theater Latté Da performing at the marvelous Pantages, through Jan 27) is a rippingly good show.  If you like full-bore, rock-’em-sock-’em musicals, Latté Da delivers the goods.  Anchored by a stirring Elton John/Tim Rice score (those soaring love duets!), the ageless story of doomed lovers in ancient Egypt has undeniable...
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Company by Theatre Latté Da performing in the Ordway McKnight Theatre

Company by Theatre Latté Da performing in the Ordway McKnight Theatre

Last night your indomitable HowWasTheShow.com reviewers, Janet Preus and John Olive, attended the Theater Latté Da opening of the masterwork Company (at the Ordway McKnight Theatre, through Nov 18).  After the show they repaired to the bar at Kincaid’s for beverages, fries and pithy conversation, excerpted herewith: Janet Preus:  I liked the show. John...
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Spring Awakening, a co-production with Theater Latté Da and The University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

Spring Awakening, a co-production with Theater Latté Da and The University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

I’m often asked, in my exalted position as theater reviewer, if I’ve seen anything really good.  I hem and haw.  “This play at the Guthrie’s not bad, and that play at CTC is terrific if you’re seven years old, and Ten Thousand Things is great, but of course there’s no stage lighting.”  But here’s...
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Beautiful Thing produced by Theater Latte Da at The Lab Theater

Beautiful Thing produced by Theater Latte Da at The Lab Theater

Theater Latté Da has stepped to the edges of its musical milieu with the local premier of Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey, with Playwrights’ Center artistic director, Jeremy B. Cohen, making his local directing debut. It’s a wonderfully entertaining play with tangy characters, crackling dialogue and a heartfelt message. The story involves neighbors packed...
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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Theatre Latte Da performing at the Ordway

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by Theatre Latte Da performing at the Ordway

Looking for some undemanding entertainment?  Something that provides talented actor/singers with a vehicle for goofy characterization, plus a slew of  tuneful songs?  Minus the distraction of a real story?  Of course you are! Theater Latté Da has the show for you: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Latté Da performing on the Ordway’s...
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“Steerage Song” by Theater Latte Da at the Fitzgerald Theater

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

Theater Latte Da, in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio, has turned its attention to the stories of our immigrant forebears, as told through newspaper reports, speeches, books of the period and the songs distinctive to each culture. The music the immigrants brought with them (and created new in their new home) reflected their unique...
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Song Of Extinction by Theater Latté Da performing on the Guthrie’s Dowling Stage

Song Of Extinction by Theater Latté Da performing on the Guthrie’s Dowling Stage

Normally Latté Da specializes in intelligent but feel-good music theater: All Is Calm, La Bohème, The Full Monty, etc.  But here they are, tackling E.M. Lewis‘s challenging straight play (such an odd term) Song Of Extinction (Theater Latté Da performing on the Guthrie’s Dowling Stage, through March 20).  Song Of Extinction is a fierce...
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