The future of the dinner theatre

Dominic Papatola
Dominic Papatola
MPR Photo/Jim Bickal

The Chanhassen Dinner Theaters are getting a new owner. Earlier this week, theater officials announced that the suburban playhouse will be sold to businessman and theater aficionado Greg Frankenfield.

The sale appears to secure the prospects of that playhouse, but it also represents the latest jolt to what was once a thriving collection of dinner theaters both here in the Twin Cities and elsewhere. Morning Edition arts commentator and St. Paul Pioneer Press theater critic Dominic Papatola talks with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the business and artistic ramifications of the sale.

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