The product of a new partnership between Theatre Latte Da and the Hennepin Theatre Trust, Tim Rice and Elton John's Aida promises to be a strong opening to the 2013 theater season. The musical may have been developed under the auspices of Disney, but the piece, based on Verdi's opera, is a dark journey that explores issues of slavery, colonialism, and doomed love. It's also an opportunity for Latte Da, which has found success with other big Broadway shows like Evita and The Full Monty, to work with additional resources for a fresh audience. This time, the journey takes them to ancient Egypt. Or, at least, the vision that we have of ancient Egypt. Director Peter Rothstein plans to keep the framing device of a modern-day museum, while Joel Sass's sets play off of those conceits. The cast features Austene Van and Jared Oxborough as lovers Aida and Radames, along with T. Mychael Rambo, Ben Bakken, Cat Brindisi, and Nathan Barlow. The company also includes a number of University of Minnesota theater and dance students. For the band, Rothstein reached out to local rock musicians to put together a combo that will not only be onstage, but is part of the action as well. (Photo by Michal Daniel)
Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Jan. 3. Continues through Jan. 27, 2013
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