Patti LuPone coming to Mahaiwe

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Christmas is right around the corner, but the summer schedule at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is already heating up.

The Great Barrington cultural institution will present Broadway legend Patti LuPone on Saturday, July 20, at 8 p.m., and The Fab Faux performing a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road on Friday, Aug. 2, at 8 p.m.

Tickets go on sale to Mahaiwe members on Thursday, Dec. 20, and to the general public on Friday, Dec. 28. Mahaiwe members get ticket discounts, early ordering privileges, and other perks for a full 12 months. Memberships start at $75 ($35 for those 30 and under) and contributions can be made at the box office or online.

"We can't wait to welcome Patti LuPone and The Fab Faux back to the Mahaiwe for new programs this summer," said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly in a statement. "Patti LuPone's dramatic artistry is a must-see for every theater lover, and The Fab Faux's high energy, impeccably-played Abbey Road concert will be revelatory."

Tony and Grammy Award winner LuPone returns to her roots in "Don't Monkey with Broadway." Through indelible interpretations of classic Broadway show tunes by Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Jule Styne, Stephen Schwartz, Charles Strouse, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, she explores how her life-long love affair with Broadway began and her concern for what the Great White Way is becoming today. The show was conceived and directed by Scott Wittman, with musical direction by Joseph Thalken. Tickets are $31 to $156.

The Fab Faux will perform "Abbey Road" with The Hogshead Horns and The Creme Tangerine Strings. With a commitment to the accurate reproduction of The Beatles' repertoire, the band treats the seminal music with unwavering respect, and is known for their painstaking recreations of the songs (with emphasis on the later works never performed live by the Beatles). Far beyond being extended sets of cover versions, their astounding shows are an inspired re-discovery of the Beatles' musical magic. Tickets are $38 to $111.

The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle St. in Great Barrington. Box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and three hours before show times. For tickets and information, see www.mahaiwe.org or call 413-528-0100.

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