A national tour of the production will launch in Florida in August; additional dates are expected. Casting for the tour will be announced shortly — the New Orleans cast includes Jamie Wax, P.J. McKinnie and Jennifer Schemke.
Wine Lovers features a score by international wine expert Michael Green and jazz pianist Gary Negbaur and book by Travis Kramer with additional contributions by Green and Negbaur. Holly-Anne Ruggiero directs and produces, and Holly Cruz choreographs.
The new musical, according to press notes, "tells the story of lovable painter Brian Scott and know-it-all business woman Katherine Reese, two mismatched students, attending a wine class led by an effervescent teacher, Charles Thompson, whose goal in life is to take the mystery out of wine. Over the course of 70 minutes, Brian, Katherine and the audience learn all about reds, whites, screw caps, Zinfandels...and a little bit about love."
Over the course of the play, audience members enjoy a tasting of six wines along with the cast.
Muriel's Cabaret Theatre is located in Le Petit Theatre at 616 St. Peter Street in New Orleans. Tickets are $59, which includes the six tastings of wines. To learn more and to purchase tickets, go to www.lepetittheatre.com or www.wineloversthemusical.com.