The sale of Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, pending since January, has finally closed.
Longtime CDT artistic director Michael Brindisi and choreographer Tamara Kangas Erickson have partnered with Steven Peters, owner of VenuWorks, to lead a local group of investers in purchasing the theaters from owner Thomas K. Scallen. VenuWorks provides professional management for theaters, arenas and convention centers. Scallen has been looking for a buyer for the past year.
While there had been some talk of moving the theaters to the Mall of America, Peters has stated that CDT will remain in the city of Chanhassen. In addition, the new company will continue to honor all advance ticket sales and all gift certificates purchased under previous ownership.
Founded in 1968, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is the nation’s largest Equity dinner theatre in the nation with multiple theatres under one roof. Over the years, over 200 productions have been staged before more than 10,000,000 guests.