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Have Another Glass…Wine Lovers: The Musical Comes to Saratoga

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Wine Lovers: The Musical, Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga


Now here’s a show that will definitely get you into the spirit. Wine Lovers: The Musical will be coming to Saratoga Springs this August. Wine Lovers: The Musical is not only a show, it’s also the world’s first interactive wine tasting musical. Six different wines will be served to the audience seated at round banquet tables each night during its two week run at the Universal Preservation Hall, beginning August 9, 2011.

The show, which has held sold-out runs in New York and New Orleans, stars Kristy Castes, (who previously performed in Wicked on Broadway), as know-it-all businesswoman Katherine Reese. She is joined by a charming painter Brian Scott, played by Bryan McElroy who has also performed in the Chicago run of Jersey Boys. The two meet at a wine class led by teacher and wine connoisseur Charles Thompson, played by Jaime Wax. Sparks fly between the unlikely duo, as they attempt to demystify wine.

“Wine Lovers is the perfect hybrid of music, laughter and libation. I have yet to see anyone walk out of this show without a huge smile on their face, music in their heart, and wine on the brain! We are thrilled to bring this one of a kind show back to the East Coast during the 2011 Saratoga racing season!” says director and lead producer Holly-Anne Ruggiero, whose directing credits include Assistant Director of Jersey Boys on Broadway.

wine lovers, the musical Michael Green, who served as Gourmet Magazine’s exclusive Wines and Spirits Consultant for nineteen years, created the show after noting the “inherent theatricality” of a wine class. The romantic appeal of wine led easily to turning a wine tasting into a musical love story, Green explains. He wrote the score along with jazz pianist Gary Negbaur. Choreography is by Holly Cruz whose past credits include Seussical and Cats on Broadway.

Tickets are $59 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets online. The show runs August 9-14 and 16-21 at 7pm. Visit for more information.

–Stacey Stump is an Assistant Editor for The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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