A Message from Universal Preservation Hall

Wine Tasting Musical Hits Saratoga Springs in August

Special ticket price for Skidmore employees

Audience members see, swirl, smell, sip, and savor six wines while watching a hilarious musical comedy!

Wine Lovers, the wine tasting musical that has enjoyed sold out runs in New York City and New Orleans, will kick off its 2012 national tour with a limited two-week run in Saratoga Springs at the Universal Preservation Hall, located at 25 Washington St.

The performances will run Aug. 9-14 and Aug. 16-21.  Tickets, normally $59, are being offered at a $6 discount to those with a Skidmore I.D.

The Saratoga engagement, presented by Universal Preservation Hall and Andrew Meader of the Applause Factory, will feature the talents of Broadway favorites Kristy Cates (Wicked); Bryan McElroy (Jersey Boys); and Jamie Wax (Treme), who plays wine expert Charles Thompson. Holly-Anne Ruggiero (Jersey Boys) directs, with musical direction by Gary Negbaur and choreography by Holly Cruz (Seussical).

This unique show, in which audiences sample six wines, has been beloved by audiences since 2007, premiering at the Triad Theatre in New York City.

Wine Lovers tells the story of lovable painter Brian Scott and know-it-all business woman Katherine Reese, two mismatched students who are attending a wine class led by 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 original concept came out of the inherent theatricality of a wine class, and the reasons why people attend such a class,” says Michael Green, the show’s creator (and a long-time participant and seminar panelist of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience). “Wine is such an inherently romantic beverage, that turning a wine tasting into a musical love story just felt natural.”

For more information and show times visit www.universalpreservationhall.org.

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