After his 1999-2000 return to Broadway in The Wild Party, Tony Award-winner Mandy Patinkin is back to traveling the road, recording albums — and playing Broadway.
The Evita star will make a Broadway stop to sing pop standards and show tunes, including pieces from his new CD, "Kidults," Sept. 10 at the Neil Simon Theatre. His one-night only Broadway appearance kicks off his latest tour, which is sponsored by Dodger Theatrical Productions, Inc. Paul Ford is on piano. The Simon is the current home to The Music Man.
A three-time Tony nominee, Patinkin has starred in the musicals The Wild Party, Sunday in the Park With George, The Secret Garden and Falsettos. He won his Best Featured Actor (Musical) Tony playing Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita, in 1980. Prior to Party, his most recent Broadway appearance was in his concert of Yiddish songs titled Mamaloshen (the CD shares that title). He is also known for TV's "Chicago Hope" and the film comedy, "The Princess Bride" and Barbra Streisand's "Yentl."
Patinkin got in touch with his inner child Sept. 4 with the release of his sixth solo album of eclectic songs, "Kidults," which offers family-friendly songs from "The Wizard of Oz," Frank Loesser's "Hans Christian Andersen," Broadway and the pop world. On the disc, Patinkin is characteristically both delicate and extreme as he charts an emotional path that runs from innocence ("School Days," Maury Yeston's "New Words," "Getting to Know You") to experience (Sondheim's "Everybody Says Don't," "Nothing's Gonna Harm You") to playfulness ("Rhode Island Is Famous for You," "'A' You're Adorable," "Singin' in the Bathtub").
His frantic version of "A Tisket a Tasket," a favorite in his stage concerts, is preserved on CD. It's performed as a crime-scene interrogation.
The album is on the Nonsesuch label. Eric Stern conducts the orchestra. Musical arrangements are by Ford. Guest artist Kristin Chenoweth sings "Soon It's Gonna Rain," the "School Days" medley and "How Could You Believe Me?" (the classic song by Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner, with a title that continues, "when I said I love you when you know I've been a liar all my life?"). Tommy Krasker is the album's producer.
The 16 tracks include "Inchworm," "Time in a Bottle," "Minute Waltz," "The Ugly Duckling," "Japanese Sandman," "April in Fairbanks," "Holiday for Strings," "The King's New Clothes," "Cat's in the Cradle," "Singin' in the Rain" and "If I Only Had a Brain." The CD liner notes offer this dedication from Patinkin: "For my grandchildren."
Selected tour dates are:
Sept. 10: Neil Simon Theatre, NYC
Sept. 22: San Diego Civic Center, San Diego, CA
Oct. 1: Macomb Center, Clinton Township, MI
Oct. 4: Music Hall, Kansas City, MO
Oct. 6: Playhouse Square, Cleveland, OH
Oct. 8: Ohio Theater, Columbus, OH
Oct. 11: Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
Oct. 13: Maine Center for the Arts, Orono, ME
Oct.15: Hummingbird Center, Toronto, ON
Oct. 18: Mishler Theatre, Altoona, PA
Oct. 20: Proctor's Theater , Schenectady, NY
Oct. 29 - Nov. 4: Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago, IL
Nov. 7: State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ
Nov. 8: Harms Center, Englewood, NJ
Nov. 10: State Theatre, Easton, PA
Nov. 14: State Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 16: Palace Theatre, Stamford, CT
Nov. 18: Congregation Shaare Emeth, St. Louis, MO
Dec. 1: Bushnell Theatre, Hartford, CT
Dec. 4: Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis, IN
Dec. 6: Peace Center, Greenville, SC
Dec. 8: Hershey Theatre, Hershey, PA
Dec. 11-12: Philharmonic Center, Naples, FL
Dec. 13: FAU University Center, Boca Raton, FL
Dec. 15: Coral Springs Center, Coral Springs, FL
Dec. 27: San Luis Obispo Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
Dec. 30-31: The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
Jan. 2,2002: Marin Auditorium, San Rafael, CA
Jan. 4: Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
Jan. 6: Artemus Ham Concert Hall, Las Vegas, NV
Jan. 28: Weidner Center, Green Bay, WI
Jan. 30: Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa, FL
Jan. 14-20: Colonial Theater, Boston, MA
Feb. 1: Florida Theater, Jacksonville, FL
Feb. 3: Mann Performing Arts Center, Fort Meyers, FL
Feb. 5: Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Sarasota, FL
Feb. 9-10: Lyric Opera House, Baltimore, MD