Theater Latte Da brings familiar faces to the stage in some unfamiliar places -- which is kind of neat.
Photo by Tom Wallace/Sally Wingert, who played Fraulein Schneider in "Cabaret," returns in the singular role of Maria Callas in "Master Class." The play, which you will recall features a spare amount of actual music, shows Callas reflecting on her life and career as she coaches opera students at Juilliard. Artistic director Peter Rothstein directed this Terrence McNally play at Park Square, way back in 2001. Andrew Bourgoin plays Callas's accompanist and music director. "Master Class" opens the season, Oct. 8-Nov. 2, with performances at the MacPhail Center for Music -- a venue Latte Da has never used.
Photo by Mark Van Cleave For the third straight year, Latte Da will partner on Hennepin Theatre Trust to reimagine a familiar musical. Bradley Greenwald (pictured) will portray Fagin in "OLIVER!" Feb. 4-March 1, at the Pantages Theatre. The partners launched the effort in 2013 with "Aida" and "Cabaret" followed last January. Rothstein said he hopes to illuminate "the story's rich exploration of class, family and social responsibility." Greenwald was in last season's "Steerage Song" and recently has been seen in Frank Theatre's "The ThreePenny Opera." Rothstein's "OLIVER!" will feature 30 members of the Minnesota Boychoir.
Photo by Michal Daniels/ Greta Oglesby will make her Latte Da debut as the Witch in "Into the Woods," the fairy tale mash-up by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Oglesby is best known for her performance in "Caroline or Change" (pictured) at the Guthrie Theater. She's worked at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Goodman in Chicago and recently played the family matriarch in "Raisin in the Sun" at Chicago's TimeLine Theatre. David Darrow, who played George Gibbs in Latte Da's "Our Town," has also been signed for "Into the Woods," which will run March 4-29 at the Ritz Theater in northeast Minneapolis, another new venue for Latte Da.
In addition, Rothstein will stage "All is Calm" with Cantus Dec. 17-21 at the Pantages. And the season will conclude with "NEXT: New Musicals in the Making" April 30-May 17 at the Ritz.
Information at latteda.org or 612-339-3003.