You can dress casual for Mandy Patinkin's concert at Heinz Hall stage with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m. We tell you if you only remember Mandy from his Broadway roles as Che in Evita and Georges Seurat in Sunday in the Park with George or from his films and TV roles, including Babs' Yiddish friend in Yentl and as Dr. Jeffrey Geiger in Chicago Hope.
One of his best concerts (and CDs) was Dress Casual (1990), and so much more acting since then . . . it seems most people remember his small-screen fare including FBI profiler Jason Gideon in Criminal Minds and as Rube Sofer in Dead Like Me and as CIA Division Chief Saul Berenson in Homeland.
So we also will tell you that in 2009, Mandy celebrated the 20th anniversary of performing his solo concerts with a two-week run of all of his concerts in rep at New York’s Public Theater, the very space he began his concert career.
We will also tell you we are bit disappointed that Mandy's Pittsburgh gig is no an "An Evening With . . ." since the first part of the evening will only feature the Pittsburgh Symphony, led by Assistant Conductor Fawzi Haimor. Patinkin will join the orchestra in the second half, under the direction of veteran Broadway conductor and arranger Eric Stern. Maybe it's fatigue? Patinkin suffers from keratoconus, a degenerative eye disease, that lead to two corneal transplants. He was also diagnosed with and treated for prostate cancer in 2004
Tickets, ranging in price from $115 to $35, can be purchased by calling (412) 392-4900 or by visiting pittsburghsymphony.org.