If you’ve been on the prowl for a fun date night, or evening out with the ladies, Teatro Zinzanni offers a spiced up rendition of dinner theater unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. In production since 1998, guests will get cozy with fellow diners seated around a booth family style, and expect surprisingly satisfying cocktails and dishes throughout the three hour evening, paired with the Teatro cast carefully crafting a tale filled with many laughs, cirque trapeze acts, festive cabaret, and a host that juggles a hell of alot more than your drink orders. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Frank Ferrante, the “Caesar” and star of Teatro’s new performance the Hot Spot, who has been part of the cast since 2001, and nationally renowned for his comedic performance and showman talents.
Frank, did you grow up wanting to be in the entertainment industry?
Frank: I always loved comedy growing up. I related and looked up to so many in the performing arts and fell in love with classic comedy. I didn’t exactly grow up thinking I would be where I am today, but I’ve directed plays, and have been involved in many facets of the entertainment industry over the years.
Many Seattleites have been to one of the Teatro Zinzanni shows over the years. Why should guests return to see The Hot Spot?
F: The performances are constantly changing, we think of every night as an entirely different show. We play off of the audience every night, and improvise. We have evolved over the years, and we’re better with time. But more importantly, But more importantly the Hot Spot features internationally acclaimed acts including the beautiful aerialist/singer Dreya Weber and Lady Rizo, a phenomenal singer and new addition.
Tell us how you deal with mishaps; things always go wrong in show business. Please kiss and tell!
F:Oh we improvise things every night! Just last week was opening night, and a prop didn’t fall from the ceiling when it was supposed to, so I was standing there for a while toying with the crowd. These things happen all the time, we like to think it adds to the ambiance of the evening.
Tickets for the Hot Spot can be purchased online, don’t miss your opportunity for a fun-filled evening out!