Mandy Patinkin In Concert to Play Dodger Stages

News   Mandy Patinkin In Concert to Play Dodger Stages Mandy Patinkin will return to the New York stage this fall with a one-man concert show, appropriately titled Mandy Patinkin in Concert, at the new Dodger Stages complex in midtown.
Mandy Patinkin
Mandy Patinkin

Dates and details are yet to be determined. The five-stage complex's fall tenants already include Basil Twist's underwater puppet spectacle Symphonie Fantastique, and the musicals The Immigrant and Bare.

Patinkin remains best known for the two shows that established his reputation as a musical company star: Evita and Sunday in the Park With George. In recent years, he has concentrated on solo concerts, including Celebrating Sondheim, Mamaloshen and Mandy Patinkin in Concert, which has all played Broadway.

Another upcoming production at Dodger Stages is a staging of Daniel Goldfarb's play Modern Orthodox. The playwright of Sarah, Sarah and Adam Baum and the Jew Movie has seen this work staged at New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre, but never in New York. Dates and stars are yet to be set. James Lapine directs.

On Dec. 15, 2003, as part of the Out Loud weekly Manhattan play reading series at the Ars Nova Theatre, Modern Orthodox was given an airing with Jason Biggs, Rachel Dratch and Paul Rudd in the cast.

In Modern Orthodox, a young newly-engaged Jewish couple finds an unwelcome surprise on their doorstep—an unconscious Orthodox Jew. They take him in, letting him sleep on their couch, and, as he demonstrates his faith, he also challenges the couple to contemplate their own neglected beliefs. Dodger Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues. The 61,300-square-feet of space, owned by Equity Office, contains five performance venues in a former underground movie multiplex and will be completed at a cost of  $20 million.

The design team for Dodger Stages is comprised of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners LLP, Richard L. Blinder, Erik Chu (Architect); Sachs Morgan Studio, Theatre Design Specialists, Ann Sachs and Roger Morgan (Stage Design); Klara Zieglerova (Principal Designer of Public Spaces); and 2x4, Inc. (Environmental Graphic Design).

Included in the complex:

  • Theater I, 499 seats, 5,500 Square Feet
  • Theater II,  360 seats, 4,400 Square Feet
  • Theater III, 499 seats, 5,500 Square Feet
  • Theater IV, 360 seats, 4,500 Square Feet
  • Theatre V, 199 seats, 2,500 Square Feet The total number of seats is  1, 917, with total square footage 61,300.