October 17, 2013

Mandy Patinkin brings his musical tour to Merrill

The famous actor’s first love is music

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Mandy Patinkin at home in Manhattan. Patinkin and pianist Paul Ford collaborate in “Dress Casual,” which combines Broadway show tunes with pop numbers.

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Mandy Patinkin performing on stage in 2012.

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MANDY PATINKIN AND PAUL FORD, ‘DRESS CASUAL’

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $45 to $70, Merrill box office and PortTix; 842-0800 or porttix.com

INFO: portlandovations.org

He enjoys the show, and has no plans to leave anytime soon. “It couldn’t be doing better, and I love it,” he said. “I think it’s going to be on for a long time.”

That said, Patinkin does not compromise when it comes to music. Singing grounds him, and helps calm him, he said.

“If I did not do it, I would get bored and I do not want to get bored, so I sing a lot. ‘Homeland’ works around my concert schedule. I get lonely if I do not perform this music.”

At 60, he is happily married with grown kids. He lives in New York, though he spends most of his time on the road – in North Carolina filming “Homeland” and touring with his show. “I am on the road so much, I often feel I do not have a home,” he said. “I love my work, and my home is literally where I am working, the theater I am singing in, the set I am filming on, the play I am doing. Whatever it is, I love it.”

After wrapping up “Homeland,” he will get some time in New York. He and Susan Stroman are collaborating on Taylor Mac’s “The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville” in mid-December.

The stage show may well mirror his concert. It is billed as: “It’s the end of the world as we know it. A flood of Biblical proportions leaves us with only two people on earth, who discover their common language is song and dance. Together they chronicle the rise and fall, and hopeful rise again of humankind, through music that runs the gamut from Rodgers & Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim all the way to R.E.M. and Queen.”

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Mandy Patinkin, right, as CIA Director Saul Berenson in the hit Showtime series “Homeland.”

  


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