There are performances so good, they sear into your memory. “An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin” at the DuPont Theatre March 10-15 could be one of them. “The show is a journey of two people’s lives,” Patinkin says. “If there’s a premise, it’s that if you love someone, tell them.” The concept was born six years ago when both were invited to perform briefly at a theater opening in Dallas. Neither wanted to sing and run, so Patinkin suggested a full-length show. “Patti said in her inimitable style, ‘Go ahead, doll. I love it,’” Patinkin says. Patinkin won an Emmy for his role in “Chicago Hope,” and a Tony for Broadway’s “Evita.” LuPone, known to TV audiences for roles in “Life Goes On” and “Ugly Betty,” originated the role of Fantine in the London production of “Les Misérables” and became the first American to win the Olivier Award. She earned Tonys for “Evita” and “Gypsy.” “When I first saw Patti perform, I sat in my chair weeping,” says Patinkin. “I knew it didn’t get any better than that. The only thing better is to be me, getting to do it with her.”
For more, call 656-4401 or visit duponttheatre.com. —Maria Hess
Page 2: Angel Blues
Rarely in one show can you hear the talents of a female country vocal group, a master rock guitarist, Suzuki violinists, and a string quartet. You can on March 7, as The Music School of Delaware presents Beethoven in Blue Jeans at Blue Ball Barn.
The showcase act is Angel Band, three local singers garnering celebrity status for their abilities to sing everything from mountain music to contemporary rock. The trio’s backup band features the legendary David Bromberg, who rocks out on acoustic and Telecaster electric guitars. The show also will integrate the Serafin String Quartet and the school’s Suzuki Academy Fiddle Group, a Celtic ensemble.
Diversity is key to this show as well as to the school’s mission. “We’re a community music school,” says event coordinator Erica Cover. “Our roots are certainly in classical music training, but we offer programs in a variety of other genres.”
The attire is strictly blue jeans, which tie into the country theme. For more, call 762-1132 or visit wilmingtonmusic.org.
Page 3: Chocalert
Prepare to indulge at the 19th annual Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival March 7. More restaurateurs than ever will create chocolate concoctions, says Fay Jacobs, Rehoboth Beach Main Street’s executive director. About 3,000 chocoholics are expected at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. The $2 admission fee helps benefit Rehoboth Beach Main Street and Friends of the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. For more, call 227-2772, or visit rehomain.com.
Page 4: Ships Ahoy
The shipbuilding industry put Delaware on the map. See how at the “Shipbuilding in the First State” exhibit at the Delaware Visitors Center & Galleries in Dover through March. Via photographs, letters and artifacts, the exhibit details the industry’s progression from Native American canoes to World War II liners such as the USS Warfield, an important historical ship built in Wilmington. An overview will explain how towns like Bethel, Milford and Milton prospered from shipbuilding. Local shipbuilders will lecture. Kids will make real nets for fishing. For more, call 739-4266.
Page 5: Fiddle and Fuss
Never experienced a bluegrass festival? See what the fuss is about at the Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival March 13-15. Heavy hitters like Borderline, Aspen Run, Straight Drive, Louie Setzer and the Appalachian Mountain Boys, Hillbilly Water, and the Shuey Brothers are scheduled. The James King Band should close the event on a good note.
For more, visit wilmingtonwintergrass.org, or call 730-4065.