Directed by Holly-Anne Ruggiero, performances are scheduled for Aug. 9-21. The cast comprises Kristy Cates (Wicked), Bryan McElroy (Jersey Boys) and Jamie Wax (Treme) as wine teacher Charles Thompson.
The musical 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.
Wine Lovers, 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."
The production also features musical direction by Gary Negbaur and choreography by Holly Cruz.
Following the Saratoga engagement, Wine Lovers will play the Performing Arts Exchange in Baton Rouge, LA, Sept. 22 and will then appear for a limited engagement at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL, Nov. 11-13.
Universal Preservation Hall is located at 25 Washington Street in Saratoga Springs; call (518) 584-2627. To learn more and to purchase tickets, go to www.brownpapertickets.com or www.wineloversthemusical.com. Tickets are $59, which includes the six tastings of wines. For Group Sales of ten or more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To purchase tickets for the Lakeland, FL, engagement, go to www.ticketmaster.com or www.wineloversthemusical.com.