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Opened 8 January 2009, closed 18 January 2009 at the Duke of York's Theatre in London
The Tony award-winnning actor and singer Mandy Patinkin in London with his concert show, accompanied by Ben Toth on piano - for nine performances only.
Mandy Patinkin made his Broadway debut playing 'Che' in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita for which he won a Tony Award for 'Featured Actor in a Musical' since when he has appeared in numerous musicals and plays on Braodway including the original Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George and the Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden. Mandy Patinkin has performed his one-man concert Mandy Patinkin in Concert both on Broadway and around the world.
Mandy Patinkin in Concert is concieved by Mandy Patinkin and Paul Ford with lighting by Eric Cornwell and sound by Daniel Gerhard. Paul Ford was originally scheduled to accompany Mandy Patinkin on the piano but unfortunately he had an emergency appendectomy in New York days before this London West End season was due to start. Pianist Ben Toth stepped in at extremely short notice.
"Old-school Broadway self-indulgence is alive and well at the Duke of York's, where Tony award-winning crooner Mandy Patinkin is confirming every prejudice against musical theatre. This one-man show-tune medley supplies ersatz emotion by the truckload, delivered in a voice that vibrates more insistently than Rolf Harris's wobbleboard... Patinkin's voice is indisputably a deadly weapon - it's a rich, resonant instrument over which he exerts meticulous control. But he assaults his material with it. One gets little sense of the songs and maximum impression of a voice drawing attention to itself, as it flits between foghorn low notes and a bell-like upper register." The Guardian
"Twelve years ago, when he played the Almeida Theatre, he found a way of tempering the idiosyncrasies with a measure of selfdiscipline. This time he lets it all hang out. In a way, it is like watching a two-hour battle between Patinkin the actor and Mandy the singer. He brings dramatic energy to everything he touches - his treatment of Sondheim's Being Alive is nothing short of mesmerising - but even his most devoted fans will find it hard to get through the weird juxtapositions, the Al Jolson impersonations and the raucous humour without gnashing of teeth. Patinkin once said that he was not sure whether he was a tenor or a bass, or what his high and low notes were. He still seems uncertain, generating a sense of recklessness that is exhilarating in small doses but debilitating over the long haul... Patinkin is never going to be your conventionally sleek purveyor of showtunes." The Times
"You'll need a strong stomach if you are to survive the vast quantities of schmaltz that Mandy Patinkin forces down the audience's throat in this love-fest between performer and adoring audience. I found myself gagging a couple of times but endured it with a kind of fascinated horror. Musical-theatre addicts notoriously have their favourites, and Patinkin, who despite the evidence of his name is a man, though with his quavering falsetto he often sounds just like an overexcited schoolgirl, is one of their most cherished stars... Restraint and subtlety are not in his artistic armoury... There were moments when even I could hear what all the fuss was about - a thrilling account of what is now a song for our own times, Buddy, Can You spare a Dime?, and a touching rendition of Harry Chapin's Taxi. For the most part, however, Patinkin, skilfully accompanied by Ben Toth on piano, strikes me as overrated, over-the-top and over here - though mercifully not for long." The Daily Telegraph
Mandy Patinkin in London at the Duke of York's Theatre opened on 8 January 2009 and closed on 18 January 2009.