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NEWS: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres to Resume Concerts & Comedy Jan. 15

Michael Gruber (as traveling conman Harold Hill) and Ann Michels (as Marian Paroo) in Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ The Music Man, whose performances were suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Dan Norman.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres announced today that it will resume its live concerts and comedy
shows beginning January 15. CDT is most famous for its mainstage dinner theatres, but also runs an entire complex of performance, dining, and event spaces. While theatrical shows have been suspended during the pandemic, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres was one of a handful of organizations in the Twin Cities metro area to present live, in-person musical and comedy performances this past fall. It has been closed since Thanksgiving due to temporary state restrictions.

Reopening will take place under state occupancy restrictions. The Main Dinner Theatre, for example, normally sits 600; with social distancing in place for concerts in this space, up to 150 people are allowed inside. There are no additional mask requirements, but CDT emphasizes the importance of mask wearing during the performance.

Since CDT’s Thanksgiving closure, President and Artistic Director Michael Brindisi stated, “We’ve been preparing to reopen and have put together a fantastic lineup of entertainment. Last summer we also invested in a state-of-the-art air filtration system and implemented many other safety protocols to our systems behind the scenes and in our lobby. We want our guests to be as safe as possible.” With vaccinations underway, the CDT leadership team is extremely optimistic on the potential return of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man – a celebrated production suspended by COVID-19 – in 2021.

“We just can’t wait,” said Brindisi. “We’re already planning for that happy day, when our employees and actors will be back and our audiences can experience the thrills of live theatre under our roof again.”

Ticket Prices: (prices listed per person)
Concert only: $40; Concert and dinner: $58
Stevie Ray’s Comedy Show only: $28; show and dinner: $46

Location: The Fireside or Playhouse
Resumes performances every Friday and Saturday evening starting January 15
Dinner is served two hours prior.

Location: Main Theatre
Dinner is served two hours prior.

Pamela McNeill’s Rumours & Dreams – The Music of Fleetwood Mac

  • Friday, January 15 at 8:00pm
    Saturday, January 16 at 8:00pm

Free Fallin’ – A Tribute to Tom Petty (Free Fallin’ is the band)

  • Saturday, January 23 at 8:00pm

The Soul of Daryl & John – A Night of Hall & Oates (Mick Sterling)

  • Sunday, January 24 at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, January 31 at 7:00pm

Beautiful Vision – The Songs of Van Morrison (Mick Sterling)

  • Friday, February 5 at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, February 6 at 8:00pm
A promotional photo of Mick Sterling, who helms a series of performances at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in the first half of 2021.

100 Years of Sinatra (The Andrew Walesch Big Band)

  • Friday, February 12 at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, February 13 at 8:00pm

I Dig Peter, Paul & Mary – A Tribute (Michael Monroe and Friends)

  • Friday, February 19 at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, February 20 at 8:00pm

The Music of Patsy Cline (Joyann Parker)

  • Sunday, February 21 at 7:00pm

Takin’ it to the Limit – A Tribute to the Eagles (Fabulous Armadillos & Collective Unconscious)

  • Wednesday, February 24 at 8:00pm
  • Thursday, February 25 at 8:00pm
  • Friday, February 26 at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, February 27 at 8:00pm

A Night of Wonder – The Music of Stevie Wonder (Ginger Commodore & Friends)

  • Sunday, February 28 at 7:00pm

Wild Angels – The Women of Rock, Pop & Country (Pamela McNeill, Mary Jane Alm, Aimee Lee)

  • Friday, March 5 at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, March 6 at 8:00pm

From the King, For the King – The Gospel According to Elvis (Mick Sterling & Friends)

  • Sunday, March 7 at 7:00pm

3 Stars Born (Cate Fierro & Friends)

  • Wednesday, March 10 at 8:00pm
  • Thursday, March 11 at 8:00pm

Moonshadow – An Evening of Cat Stevens (Michael Monroe)

  • Friday, March 12 at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, March 13 at 8:00pm

Just Whitney (Beverly Savarin)

  • Sunday, March 14 at 7:00pm

Xpedition – A Tribute to Journey with a Salute to Kansas & Foreigner (Xpedition is the band)

  • Friday, March 19 at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, March 20 at 8:00pm

The Music of Patsy Cline (Joyann Parker)

  • Sunday, March 21 at 7:00pm

Her Majesty’s Royal Subjects – A Tribute to Queen (Jonny James and the Hall of Fames & Friends)

  • Thursday, March 25 at 8:00pm
  • Friday, March 26 at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, March 27 at 8:00pm

The Night Before Easter – Music to Inspire You (Gwen Matthews & Robert Robinson)

  • Saturday, April 3 at 8:00pm

Forever Everly – A Tribute to the Everly Brothers (Tim Frantzich, Paul Frantzich, Boyd & Aimee Lee)

  • Friday, April 9 at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, April 10 at 8:00pm

You Know the Songs – A Grand Celebration of the Music of Barry Manilow
(Andre Venter & Friends)

  • Sunday, April 11 at 7:00pm

Born to Run – A Celebration of Bruce Springsteen (Mick Sterling & Friends)

  • Friday, April 16 at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, April 17 at 8:00pm

Memories – The Music of Barbra Streisand (Patty Peterson)

  • Sunday, April 18 at 7:00pm

Hot Buttered Classic Soul (Ginger Commodore & Friends)

  • Sunday, April 25 at 7:00pm

Church of Cash (that’s name of the band)

  • Friday, April 30 at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, May 1 at 8:00pm

Rainy Days & Mondays – The Music of the Carpenters (Aimee Lee & The Superstars)

  • Thursday, May 6 at 8:00pm
  • Friday, May 7 at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, May 8 at 8:00pm 

You’ve Got a Friend – A James Taylor Tribute (Michael Monroe)

  • Friday, May 14 at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, May 15 at 8:00pm

From Barry – Vintage Pop Classics of the Bee Gees (Mick Sterling & Friends)

  • Thursday, May 20 at 8:00pm
  • Friday, May 21 at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, May 22 at 8:00pm

Transit Authority – A Tribute to Chicago (Transit Authority is the band)

  • Friday, May 28 at 8:00pm
  • Saturday, May 29 at 8:00pm
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