Wine Country Theatre brings musical tribute to Paso Robles stage

A tradition was born in Paso Robles two years ago when Wine Country Theatre brought “The Kings of Cool — Legends of Vegas” to the stage in Paso Robles.

The musical, a tribute to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, ran for the first time in 2016 over Valentine’s Day weekend and was again brought back in 2017.

“We felt we should bring [‘The Kings of Cool’] back [because it was such a popular and loved show],” Wine Country Theatre Executive Director Cynthia Anthony said. “It’s such a great dinner-show.”

Anthony said the reason “The Kings of Cool” makes a great production for dinner theater is because it doesn’t require an intense focus, but it’s fun and lively. People should go see the show, she said, “because the music of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin is timeless and the talent of the Kings of Cool is just remarkable.”

“This is one of our most popular events and has sold out the past two years,” Wine Country Theatre Board President Laurie Zenobio said.

The cast is again made up of Chad Stevens, Bobby Horn, John Laird and the Brett Mitchell Trio, which is made up of Brett Mitchell on keyboards, Bill Wingfield on bass, and Darrell Voss on drums.

“The format stays pretty much the same as the Sinatra/Martin show — something you would have seen in a Las Vegas Showroom in the ‘50s and ’60s,” Steven said. “We’ve added music from legendary Vegas performers: Louie Prima, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Elvis, more Sammy Davis, Jr.. and of course, Mr. Las Vegas — Wayne Newton; Sinatra and Martin, too.”

The show will run Friday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 10 in the Park Street Ballroom, 1232 Park St., Ste. 200, and will include dinner, a glass of wine and the show. There will also be local wine and martinis available for purchase. Cocktails will start at 5:30 p.m., dinner served at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be served right before the first act and dessert during intermission. Tickets for the show only are $25.

Tickets for the dinner show are $85 each or $80 each for groups of eight or more. The dinner will be a three-course meal catered by Chef Andre Averseng of Paso Terra.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to winecountrytheatre.com or call 800-838-3006. A maximum of 120 tickets are available for each night.

“If you loved Vegas when entertainment was king, and these guys ruled the strip, you’ll love ‘The Kings of Cool – Legends of Vegas,’” Stevens said.

Menu Choices

Salads
Beet and goat cheese terrine, drizzled with basil sauce on a bed of frissée
Market greens with dried cranberries, feta cheese, candied nuts/cranberry vinaigrette

Entrées
Braised beef short ribs
Salmon Wellington with spinach and candied onion in brioche
Spinach and ricotta rotolo pasta with fresh tomato sauce
All served with butternut squash puree and seasonal vegetables

Desserts
Hazelnut torte
Lemon cheesecake
Cream puff with vanilla filling drizzled with caramel