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Theater Latte Da

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.