Wine and music meet

Show kicks off national tour in Saratoga Springs

"Wine Lovers" is a wine tasting musical.

"Wine Lovers" is a wine tasting musical. Submitted photo

— “I’ve always been interested because I went to school there and was so surrounded by it,” said Cates. “I don’t understand how an audience could leave not loving this show, especially if they get to taste all this wine. It will leave them in a good mood.”

As is typical of the life of a professional actor, said Cates, she’s always juggling various roles, commercials, auditions or other work. This particular project is special, though.

“The role I’m doing is a lot of fun, a lot of personality and really well written,” said Cates. “The music is fun. I think it’s a great fun piece and all my friends say that it sounds awesome.”

The show is special to Ruggiero too because she had a big part in developing this adaptation.

“I’ve been there since he birth of this form of the show, which is really exciting for me. I love to come on board with something from the very beginning,” said Ruggiero. “I know the show inside and out and can get people really excited about it and really believe in the piece too.”

Ruggiero said “Wine Lovers” is a cheap way to escape the doldrums of everyday life.

“What’s so important about this show is right now, especially with the economy and unemployment, people really need an outlet to go and just enjoy themselves and this show really provides that,” said Ruggiero. The show is poised to make a huge mark on the theatrical world, said Ruggiero.

“It would be really cool to be able to say you were there for the first production if it explodes into something,” said Ruggiero.

For couples celebrating an anniversary or groups of 10 or more, Ruggiero said advance notice can get you written into the show.

“We love to do that for people and have had some very fun requests already,” said Ruggiero.

Tickets are $59 and available online at www.universalpreservationhall.com or www.wineloversthemusical.com. For group sales of 10 or more email groups@wineloversthemusical.com. Shows are at 7 p.m. and Universal Preservation Hall is located at 25 Washington St. in Saratoga Springs.

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