BEING ALIVE at Ordway Center For The Performing Arts

Before Mandy Patinkin became an Emmy-winning TV icon, he had already secured his place as a Tony-winning Broadway legend. In ‘Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Being Alive’, the celebrated actor, singer and storyteller steps into his most compelling role yet: that of a concert artist.

“The New Yorker” hails Patinkin as a master of the showstopper, and on this unforgettable evening he lives up to that reputation with gusto. ‘Being Alive’ features a curated selection of Broadway classics and beloved American tunes, hand-picked by Mandy herself. From the timeless melodies of Irving Berlin and Cole Porter to the lyrical depth of Stephen Sondheim and the heartfelt storytelling of Harry Chapin, Patinkin takes audiences on a mesmerizing musical odyssey that will linger long after the last notes have faded.

It was an absolute pleasure to experience the legendary Mandy Patinkin live in concert. My familiarity with his illustrious career extends from his iconic roles in “Evita,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” “The Wild Party,” “The Secret Garden” and more. His portrayal of Tateh in the film adaptation of ‘Ragtime’, a beloved musical of mine, is particularly close to my heart. I also had the pleasure of seeing him in one of his recent films, “Wonder,” in which he co-starred with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

During the concert, Mandy graced the stage next to Adam Ben-David on the grand piano. Throughout the evening he effortlessly intertwined stories with music and invited us into his world. Mandy started with a captivating School Days Medley, followed by the charming Tisket a Tasket, and treated us to a repertoire of songs, some of which were new to me, but equally enchanting. The stage was decorated with simplicity – a single chair, a ghost light and the grand piano – and yet Mandy’s theatrical flair, complemented by playful props and lighting, created an immersive experience.

The audience was thoroughly captivated by his rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and his soulful interpretation of Stephen Sondheim classics. Amid the music, Mandy paused to share poignant anecdotes about his life’s journey, from his humble beginnings to his current status. His sincere reflections on family, upbringing and his theatrical origins added a deeper layer of connection to the performance. Mandy graciously acknowledged the songwriters and composers behind each piece and closed the evening with a moving rendition of “Over the Rainbow” in Hebrew.

Thank you, Mandy, for an evening full of compelling stories and excellent music. Your performance was truly unforgettable.

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