Look, He Made a Hat: Mandy Patinkin Concert CD Will Be Devoted to Sondheim

News   Look, He Made a Hat: Mandy Patinkin Concert CD Will Be Devoted to Sondheim Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin has recorded a new CD of all Stephen Sondheim tunes.

Mandy Patinkin.
Mandy Patinkin. (Photo by Photo by Randee St. Nicholas)

Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin has recorded a new CD of all Stephen Sondheim tunes.

Recorded live at a February concert in Philadelphia, Patinkin's upcoming disc will celebrate the work of the composer of Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music, Follies, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music and several other classic musicals. Patinkin's latest solo recital will feature tunes from his new concert act, Celebrating Sondheim, which he also performed earlier this summer at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Among the songs included in Patinkin's personal Sondheim celebration are "Lesson # 8," "Another Hundred People," "When?," "Someone Is Waiting," "Johanna," "Green Finch and Linnet Bird," "Pretty Women," "Finishing the Hat," "If You Can Find Me, I'm Here," "Live, Laugh, Love," "Live Alone and Like It," "Everybody Says Don't," "Rich and Happy," "Our Time," "Broadway Baby," "Uptown, Downtown," "Liaisons," "Send in the Clowns," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "Free," "Company," "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs," "Pleasant Little Kingdom," "Too Many Mornings," "Not While I'm Around," "All Things Bright and Beautiful," "It Takes Two," "In Someone's Eyes," "Beautiful," "Losing My Mind," "Take the Moment" and "Sunday."

No release date has been announced for the Nonesuch disc, although Patinkin's website indicates a fall 2002 release is likely. The actor's other solo recordings include "Mandy Patinkin" and "Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual," both for CBS Records; and "Experiment," "Oscar & Steve," "Mamaloshen" and "Kidults," all for Nonesuch Records.

A Tony winner for his work in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita, Patinkin also starred on Broadway in The Secret Garden, Sunday in the Park with George (Tony nomination), Falsettos, The Shadow Box, Trelawny of the "Wells" and, most recently, The Wild Party (Tony nom.). He won an Emmy Award work his work on the CBS series "Chicago Hope" and has been seen on the big screen in "The Princess Bride," "Yentl," "The Music of Chance," "Ragtime," "Impromptu," "The Doctor," "Dick Tracy" and "True Colors." In related news: Patinkin and actress Rebecca Gayheart will film a pilot for Showtime later this month in Vancouver. Titled "Dead Like Me," the project concerns a group of "reapers" — those "who help people right the wrongs in their lives before they die."

—By Andrew Gans