Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual
with Paul Ford on Piano
Before he was an Emmy-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony-winning Broadway legend. Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual presents the acclaimed actor/singer/storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer. “Mandy Patinkin is in the business of showstopping,” raves The New Yorker, and that’s exactly what he does in this powerful, passionate evening of popular song. From Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, from Cole Porter to Harry Chapin, Mandy Patinkin takes you on a dazzling musical journey you’ll never forget.
Generously underwritten by Physicians Regional Healthcare System.
In his 1980 Broadway debut, Mandy won a Tony Award for his role as Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita and was nominated in 1984 for his starring role as George in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Sunday in the Park with George. In 1991 he returned to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden and in 1997 played a sold-out engagement of his one-man show, Mandy Patinkin in Concert, with all profits benefiting five charitable organizations. Mandy’s other solo concerts, Dress Casual, Celebrating Sondheim, and Mamaloshen have been presented both on Broadway and Off. In 2009 he celebrated the 20th Anniversary of performing his solo concerts with a two-week run of all of his concerts in rep at New York’s Public Theater, the very space he began his concert career. Mandy continued the celebration with a critically acclaimed two-week run of Mandy Patinkin in Concert in London’s West End at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Mandy’s other stage credits include: the world premiere of Compulsion, a new play by Rinne Groff and directed by Oskar Eustis, appearing in productions of the play at Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep and finally at The Public Theater in early 2011, Paradise Found (London’s Menier Chocolate Factory), The Tempest (Classic Stage Company), Enemy of the People (Williamstown Theater Festival), The Wild Party (2000 Tony nomination), Falsettos, The Winter's Tale, The Knife, Leave It to Beaver is Dead, Rebel Women, Hamlet, Trelawney of the ‘Wells,’ The Shadow Box, The Split, Savages, and Henry IV, Part I.
Feature film credits include: Everybody’s Hero, The Choking Man, Pinero, The Adventures of Elmo In Grouchland, Lulu on the Bridge, Men with Guns, The Princess Bride, Yentl (1984 Golden Globe nomination), The Music of Chance, Daniel, Ragtime, Impromptu, The Doctor, Alien Nation, Dick Tracy, The House on Carroll Street, True Colors, Maxie, and Squanto: Indian Warrior. Mandy won a 1995 Emmy Award (as well as a Golden Globe nomination) for his performance in the CBS series ”Chicago Hope”, and recently starred in the CBS series “Criminal Minds” as FBI profiler Jason Gideon and in the Showtime Original Series “Dead Like Me” as the reaper Rube Sofer. Mandy returns to TV in the Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning Showtime Original Series “Homeland” as CIA Division Chief Saul Berenson. His other television appearances include the role of Kenneth Duberstein in the Showtime film “Strange Justice,” playing Quasimodo opposite Richard Harris in the TNT film presentation of “The Hunchback,” a film version of Arthur Miller's “Broken Glass” for BBC/WGBH-Boston and episodes of “Three Rivers”, “The Larry Sanders Show” (1996 Emmy nomination), “Law & Order”, “Boston Public”, “Touched by an Angel”, and “The Simpsons”.
In 1989, Mandy began his concert career at Joseph Papp's Public Theater. This coincided with the release of his first solo album entitled Mandy Patinkin. Since then he has toured extensively, appearing to sold-out audiences across the United States, Canada, London, and Australia, performing songs from writers including Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Randy Newman, Adam Guettel and Harry Chapin, among others. In 1990 he released his second solo album entitled Mandy Patinkin In Concert: Dress Casual on CBS Records. His 1994 recording, Experiment, on the Nonesuch label, features songs from nine decades of popular music from Irving Berlin to Alan Menken. Also recorded on the Nonesuch label are Oscar & Steve, Leonard Bernstein's New York, Kidults and Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim. In 1998 he debuted his most personal project, Mamaloshen, a collection of traditional, classic and contemporary songs sung entirely in Yiddish. The recording of Mamaloshen won the Deutschen Schallplattenpreis (Germany’s equivalent of the Grammy Award). In October 2007, Mandy debuted a new concert with dear friend Patti LuPone and they continue touring their show An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin throughout the US, Australia, New Zealand, and most recently during a 9-week Broadway run at the Barrymore Theatre. Mandy continues to collaborate with An Evening with Mandy Patinkin & Nathan Gunn and most recently The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville starring Mandy and the performance artist Taylor Mac, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman and Bridges, a new concert starring Mandy, Paul Ford, and a middle eastern trio.
Mandy resides in New York City with his wife, actress and writer Kathryn Grody.
Music Director, Piano
Paul Ford was the original pianist for the Broadway/Off-Broadway productions of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Passion, Assasins, the revival of Pacific Overtures and the Tony award-winning revival of Assasins. His other Broadway credits include the Roundabout Theatre's revivals of Pal Joey and 110 in the Shade, Tom Sawyer, High Society, The Rink, Rags, A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine, The Secret Garden, Curtains, and Falsettos and Upstairs at Oneal’s. Paul was the pianist for the acclaimed Follies concert at Lincoln Center, the Carnegie Hall concert performances of A Sondheim Tribute, Anyone Can Whistle, A Little Night Music with the Philadelphia Symphony, Gypsy with Patti LuPone and the Chicago Symphony, and episodes of PBS' “My Favorite Broadway.” In 2008 he played for the televised production of Camelot with the NY Philharmonic and the Carnegie Hall concerts of South Pacific (with Reba McIntyre), Show Boat and ABBA's Kristina. Paul has accompanied Mr. Patinkin on tour, Broadway and Off- in Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual, Mamaloshen and Celebrating Sondheim, and An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. Recent shows include Anyone Can Whistle at Encores, the Encores gala honoring Stephen Sondheim, and the televised Celebration for Sondheim’s 80th Birthday at Avery Fisher Hall. Paul can be heard on all of Patinkin’s CDs, Bernstein’s New York, Jerry Hadley’s crossover CDs, and many official cast recordings of the above-mentioned shows.
“Mandy Patinkin could be accused of many things, but a lack of passion is not one of them…he works his material like an emotional demolitions expert. Many of his interpretations are geared toward the strategic detonation of small violent outbursts of feeling.”
—The New York Times
“The most arresting thing about Patinkin is the conversational, often impassioned quality of his singing…you find yourself listening like you’ve never listened before.”
—The Washington Post
“A tremendous one-man show. He is a singer, raconteur, master of ceremonies, psychologist and daredevil stunt artist who loves standing alone on the stage, with only his trusty accompanist nearby, ready to fly off into the blue without a safety net.”
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