In just over a week, Teatro Zinzanni, the ecstatically bright local cabaret show, will go dark through the summer.

Teatro, which recently took over the old Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville, will close its tent doors to construct a new permanent building, which is set to open in late fall of this year. The production company has signed a 20-year lease with the option to renew and is ready to create its headquarters here in the PNW. 

“We're not quite ready yet to announce what you will see…what the actual show will be,” said Teatro Zinzanni’s Vice President Markus Kunz.

The Moulin Rouge tent—built by Willem Klessens in the 1910s and home to the show at its previous Lower Queen Anne location—will return to Woodinville. But it’ll be housed in a redesigned permanent structure, with a weatherproof glass and steel shell. Currently Teatro shuts down during rough weather, like wind gusts over 50 miles per hour.

The cast for the current show, A Night Like This, will be taking a similar production to Chicago (one of Teatro’s two other locations). When it's back up and running, Woodinville will be the starting point for all productions.  

The other ventures on the property will remain open during the construction, including the Wheelhouse, the farm-to table gastro pub located in the old Red Hook Pub. The production company will also turn the old tank room from the brewery into a training center where it will offer youth education programs for the community.

“That's also the space where our cast can train and where we can develop new acts. So that is slated to open early 2021,” Kunz says. “So although we will be dark, it will be busy here.”

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