Queen Mary will become 'Love Boat' for Valentine's Day

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LONG BEACH – A local producer is planning to transform the Queen’s Salon aboard the Queen Mary into an event akin to the “Love Boat” for Valentine’s Day and urges dinner guests to come aboard and “step back in time.”

The event will be held Feb. 9 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Chad Berlinghieri, an international opera singer and artistic director of Cathedral Productions, is producing the evening of “exquisite dinner theater” featuring an ensemble of top talent, including pop star Cooper Phillip and a quartet of singers comprised of sopranos Teresa Mai and Melissa Maricich, baritone Roberto Gomez, pianist Curtis Heard, and Berlinghieri himself at the helm.

“This event is always the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day,” said Berlinghieri, a tenor. “You never know what may happen when couples feel the power of love. We have had couples renew their vows and also get engaged.”

Berlinghieri is active in the Southern California arts community, producing in most of the major performing arts venues. He recently produced “It’s Christmas in Downey” at the Downey Theatre.

He has also been a cantor in the Diocese of Orange for the last 25 years and is coming up on his 11th Easter at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Seal Beach.

Proceeds from this event will help support retired nuns in the community and will also provide blankets for the homeless through the Isaiah House Project started by Cathedral Productions at the beginning of this winter.

Tickets to “Love Songs” can be purchased online at CathedralProductions.com or by calling (714) 883-7987.