Poster Johnny Skeeky
Theater Latte Da's production of 'Johnny Skeeky' runs through July 7.
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Daddy’s Day edition

O mio babbino caro”—“Oh, my dearest Daddy”— sings Lauretta to her father, Gianni Schicchi, in Giacomo Puccini’s opera of the same name. In that famous aria, she’s pleading for his approval to be with the one she loves. And if she doesn’t, she’s headstrong enough to threaten to jump off the Ponte Vecchio (the Old Bridge in Florence) into the Arno River!

It’s the essence of operatic rom-com, and a new adaptation called Johnny Skeeky gets a phonetic spelling and a hilarious but true-to-the-source adaptation at Theater Latte Da in Minneapolis. It was adapted by two of the smartest people in the Twin Cities theater scene, Bradley Greenwald and Stephen Epp, with some of the best singers in town. Check out the preview video, too. It runs through July 7.

If that comedy whets your appetite for Puccini’s more tragic side, have your heartstrings pulled by the Lyric Opera of the North in its first production of La Boheme, opening Friday in Duluth. There are two performances only, and one is already sold out, so run — don’t walk!

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