This spring, the Mount Baker Theatre continues its tradition of bringing New York culture to our local stage with two major New York City acts: the multi-award-winning Broadway icon, Patti LuPone, and the groundbreaking international music festival, globalFEST. In our own version of Live from Lincoln Center, here are two entities that have come from that famous New York venue to play our cherished MBT stage.
For over a decade, globalFEST has fostered cultural exchange through a major New York music festival and related events –including SXSW, Bonnaroo, and Lincoln Center. globalFEST—also a volunteer-run non-profit—describes their organization as one that “values cultural diversity as a source of unity rather than division.”1 We are thrilled to feature their upcoming tour, gF on the Road: Creole Carnival, on our own historic stage on April 12 at 7:00 pm. This Creole Carnival includes a combination of Brazilian, Haitian, and Jamaican musical traditions as it “honors the roots of African musical currents, crossed with a fusion of sounds from the Americas.”1 This dynamic and diverse grouping unites these musical traditions in a Carnival, creating the atmosphere of an international party.
Patti Lupone, of course, is also no stranger to the Lincoln Center stage. Trained at Julliard, LuPone has performed in an extraordinary number of Broadway shows, including Evita, Gypsy, Les Miserables, Oliver!, The Cradle Will Rock, and many more. In addition to her powerhouse voice, her acting has been featured in a number of films (Driving Miss Daisy, Witness, Family Prayers, and more), as well as television series (Girls, American Horror Story, Glee, 30 Rock, Penny Dreadful, Will & Grace, and more). As shown by her Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, Olivier Awards, among others, LuPone’s triple-threat excellence is a must-see on our stage here in Bellingham on April 23 at 7:30 pm.
In her current tour, “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda—Played That Part,” LuPone performs songs from musicals which she could have played, should have played, did play, and will play, including songs from Hair, West Side Story, and from her award-winning performances in Evita and Gypsy. As described by The New York Po
st, this tour is full of amusing arrangements, “filled with running gags that were delivered with the crack timing of a stand-up comedian.”
With globalFEST and Patti LuPone, the Mount Baker Theatre is kicking off spring with two brilliant New York City institutions that will give you a taste of the Northeast right here in the Northwest.
Mount Baker Theatre thanks Charles Schwab, sponsor of Patti Lupone, and the Community Food Co-op, sponsor of globalFEST.