Teatro ZinZanni to Live on at Marymoor Park

The popular dinner theater heads to the Eastside this fall.
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After losing its Seattle location this year, Teatro ZinZanni is heading east.

Three months after packing up its big top, Teatro ZinZanni is getting its second life.

The dinner theater institution closed this year after the lease on its Queen Anne location expired. At the beginning of the year, a developer purchased the plot from the Seattle Opera, Teatro ZinZanni’s longtime landlord. After a bitter fight to extend its stay, the curtain officially dropped on the theater group in March.

But on Tuesday, ZinZanni brass announced it’s mounting a comeback this fall at Marymoor Park. A six-month run of its original show Love, Chaos, and Dinner kicks off in the Redmond park on Oct. 19.

“We are thrilled to join forces with King County Parks as we make ourselves at home on the Eastside,” said Norm Langill, ZinZanni founder and artistic director, in a statement.

Langill went on to praise Marymoor Park as “King County’s most scenic location” and a “spectacular” live entertainment destination. The company leader also noted that Eastsiders have long flocked to ZinZanni’s Seattle digs.

“I can think of no better place to launch the next chapter of Teatro ZinZanni's history,” he said.

Of course, the century-old cabaret tent that’s housed ZinZanni’s cheeky, interactive shows for years will make the trek across Lake Washington. For Marymoor Park, the Seattle area’s premiere outdoor concert venue, the theater’s run adds a cool-weather draw after the summer concert season dies down.

According to the announcement, Teatro ZinZanni is still hunting for a permanent home in the Seattle area. But at least for now, the show will go on.

“Stay tuned,” Langill said. “The best is yet to come for the most amazing and dedicated fans in the world.”

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