Touring since 1989, Mandy’s concert repertoire has expanded to include five different solo shows: Dress Casual (with piano only or backed by symphony orchestra), Celebrating Sondheim, Mamaloshen and Let Go, and four collaborations: An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, An Evening with Mandy Patinkin & Nathan Gunn, The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville (starring Mandy and Taylor Mac), and Bridges: The Sounds Between the Black and White Keys (starring Mandy, Paul Ford, and a middle eastern trio).
With Paul Ford on Piano
To some, he’s the Tony Award-winning revolutionary from Evita who grew into a bonafide Broadway star in Sunday in the Park with George. To others, he’s the Emmy Award–winning Best Actor, for his portrayal of Dr. Jeffrey Geiger in “Chicago Hope.” And to others still, he will always be the man whose name is Inigo Montoya, the swashbuckling swordsman in The Princess Bride.
Whichever role you know him for, Mandy’s favorite is reaching out to live audiences with the power and the passion of popular song. He belongs to the special breed of singer who doesn’t merely dramatize songs, but incorporates them into his very being. And the result, Mandy Patinkin In Concert, is nothing short of electrifying. His interpretations of popular standards, superbly accompanied by Paul Ford at the piano, come straight from the heart, mesmerizing audiences from coast to coast. From Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim, Harry Chapin, and back to Irving Berlin and Cole Porter.
“Mandy Patinkin is in the business of showstopping,” raves The New Yorker. “He is a musical force of nature!”
Paul Ford was the original pianist for the Broadway productions of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Passion, Assassins, the revival of Pacific Overtures and the Tony® Award winning revival of Assassins. His other Broadway credits include the current revival of Pal Joey, Curtains, 110 in the Shade (revival), Tom Sawyer, High Society, The Rink, Rags, A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine, The Secret Garden, and Falsettos. Mr. Ford was the pianist for the acclaimed Follies concert at Lincoln Center, the Carnegie Hall concert performances of A Sondheim Tribute, Anyone Can Whistle, and A Little Night Music with the Philadelphia Symphony, Gypsy with Patti LuPone and the Chicago Symphony, and episodes of PBS’s “My Favorite Broadway,” all under the baton of Paul Gemignani. Last year he played for the televised production of Camelot with the New York Philharmonic and Show Boat at Carnegie Hall. Paul has accompanied Mr. Patinkin in Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual at the Public Theater and on Broadway in Mamaloshen and Celebrating Sondheim, and continues to work with him on all of his recordings and national/international tours.
Who We Were, Who We Are, Who We Might Become
In Let Go, Mandy Patinkin’s latest and most intimate concert, he creates musical photographs… of ourselves, our families, our country.
Through the words and music of some of the greatest American composers, from Arlen to Berlin, from Sondheim to Bernstein, from Newman to Waits, Let Go is an extraordinary musical journey that brings our family albums to life.
With Paul Ford on Piano
Debuting at Philadelphia’s Prince Music Theater in 2002 and later performed on Broadway the same year, Celebrating Sondheim is a figurative journey through Sondheim’s music and lyrics.
As described by Douglas J. Keating of the Philadelphia Inquirer, “The concert program …is named Celebrating Sondheim, but [Mr. Patinkin] gives those who see it cause for double celebration. Not only will an audience gain a deep – or deeper – appreciation of the genius of Stephen Sondheim, the composer and lyricist responsible for so many landmark musicals over the last four decades, but it also will leave the show hailing the talents of the man who performs it. The concert is an impressive marriage of some of the most complex, perceptive, yet emotionally revealing songs written for the theater, presented by one of the theater’s best singers. The double display of talent is impressive.”
With Paul Ford on Piano
Mandy’s concert Mamaloshen, which translates “Mother Tongue,” is his most personal musical project, which he debuted in a sold–out Off–Broadway engagement in 1998. It was later recorded and followed by an acclaimed Broadway run. Mamaloshen is a collection of traditional, classic and contemporary songs sung entirely in Yiddish.
“The thread Mr. Patinkin uses to connect a dozen or so Yiddish songs is Paul Simon’s 1973 ballad, ‘American Tune’. He recognizes it as a song about the immigrant experience, breaking it into fragments that become chapter headings in a program that includes a playful children’s song, and a searing Holocaust song. As deconstructed by Mr. Patinkin, ‘American Tune’ becomes a surreal reflection in which he travels through time and has a series of visionary flashes that suggest the images and colors of a Chagall painting.” Stephen Holden – The New York Times