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Sisters sing-along

The Puppini Sisters, a Britain-based close-harmony trio that recently rose to popularity, describe themselves as "the Spice Girls of the cabaret jazz scene."But long before the Puppinis and even the Spice Girls, there was the mother of all jive trios, the Andrews Sisters. The group, famed for songs like "The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Rum and Coca Cola," used a uniquely charming style to vault themselves to rampant American success and eventual worldwide fame. Now, the group's wholesome harmonizing seems to be re-entering the spotlight, with groups such as the Puppinis and others cropping up around the world. And on Thursday at MusicalFare Theatre, the trio will be revived -- as it was to great fanfare in the theater's regional premiere of the production last September -- in "Sisters of Swing: The Andrews Sisters Musical."

Featuring Kelly Meg Brennan, Debbie Pappas and Kathy Weese as the sisters, along with musician Philip Farugia and utility player Todd Benzin, the show will recap a careerful of songs like "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" and "Bei Mir Bist du Schon."

The show runs until Aug. 11 with no Sunday performances. For tickets and info, call MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Amherst, at 839-8540, or visit www.musicalfare.com.

-- Colin Dabkowsk

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